The sight of the Wok-Fried Bee Hoon with Sri Lankan Crab, all looking sumptuously hot with wok-hei, and crab juices absorbed into the bee hoon, got me all anticipated to try the new Seafood Paradise.
Seafood Paradise originally at Defu Lane, is actually the very first restaurant launched by the local Paradise Group (which is definitely going places).
The flagship restaurant has recently moved to Marina Bay Sands Level 2 dining area.
My friends’ first reaction, “WOW, going atas already.”
However, prices are still kept reasonable considering it is located among the cluster of dining establishment by international celebrity chefs, boosting extensive variety of fresh seafood.
The 177-seater restaurant is situated above the casino level, has a warm cosy interior, with eight luxurious private dining rooms that can accommodate groups of up to 15 people.
Here are some of my favourites from Seafood Paradise at Marina Bay Sands:
Singapore Style Chilli Sri Lankan Crab (S$8 per 100g)
If you need a crab recommendation at Seafood Paradise, I have considered this the best of their best.
Okay, chilli crab sauces can be very subjective, some like them spicier, while some prefer the sweet tomato ketchup tones.
I find Seafood Paradise’s rendition distinctly different from all others I have tried in Singapore – slight tinge to the spicier side.
The sauce had a fine balance of spiciness, sweetness and savouriness, all with a pleasurable, thick consistency.
Initially, my friends and I wanted to restrict the number of mantou buns to consume, but they were so fluffy, temptation craved in.
So shiok to sweep across the sauce. In the end, the plate became empty.
Signature Creamy Butter Sri Lankan Crab topped with Coconut Crumbs (S$8 per 100g)
This sauce is said to be Seafood Paradise’s unique creation. You cannot find it anywhere else.
Made fresh daily using aromatics such as curry leaves, white pepper, lemongrass and chilli padi, the sweetish creamy sauce complemented the fresh, succulent Dungeness crab meat well.
Warning: This milky butter sauce can be rather addictive.
Wok-Fried Bee Hoon with Sri Lankan Crab (S$8 per 100g)
The server explained this dish was prepared differently from the typical cooking methods.
Instead of cooking separately, the bee hoon was braised with the crabs above.
Therefore, the essence of the crab meat would be seeped and absorbed by the vermicelli, giving every strand fuller flavours.
Truly, being a bee hoon person, I found the flavours evenly infused within, making every bite quite scrumptious. On the flipside, in comparison, the crab meat felt drier than the other two crab dishes.
Crispy Kang Kong topped with Cuttlefish in Homemade Seafood Sauce (S$14.80, S$21.80, S$28.80)
Said to be inspired by the zhi char dish of “you he eng cai”, this was a kang kong dish not quite like any others.
The leaves were first individually dipped in batter, deep fried till light and crisp, then served with cuttlefish cut into shape like a flower.
The cuttlefish had a pleasant crunchy texture, not rubbery (my main fear if it was overcooked), and had an added dimension when dipped into a specially made spicy sweet sauce.
Braised Tiger Garoupa with Supreme Soya Sauce in Claypot (S$10 per 100g)
Claypot cooking is used so that the heat can be circulated around, cooking the fish slowly and evenly.
As the lid was lifted off, you would first smell the aroma, then hear the sizzling of the special soy sauce made with a house recipe.
The fish had a clean taste, with the sauce lightly enhancing the savour.
Other recommended dishes would include Poached Live Clams with Chinese Wine in Claypot (S$38, S$57, S$75), and Pan-fried Live South African Abalone (S$48).
With many international restaurants headlining Marina Bay Sands, I am glad to find Seafood Paradise there which offers decent, quality Chinese cuisine to dine with families and friends.
And the Chilli Crabs were really very good.
10, Bayfront Avenue, #02-03, Level 2 Dining, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018956
Tel: +65 6688 7051
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm (Last Order 3pm), 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Good news for Maybank Credit and Debit Cardmembers, you get to earn 12.5% P$ Rebate at Paradise Group of Restaurants, including Seafood Paradise.
There is also an Alaskan Crab Promotion at S$99/kg (U.P. S$188/kg), valid for Maybank Credit or Debit Cardmembers, till 30 November 2016.
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Other than dining, you can also earn up to 3.2 air miles on taxi fares, petrol and travel expenses.
Even if you do not use the air miles, the points you earn (up to 8X faster than usual) can be redeemed for other things like vouchers (for more restaurant dining), cash credits and many other rewards.
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