Tuesday, June 20, 2006

King Crab

Will blog on my bro's treat for Father's Day dinner at King Crab. Reached there at about 7.30pm on Sunday and the place was already packed. Managed to find a car park nearby and made our way towards the brightly lit, big and yellow building (I really liked how the photo of the building turned out!). After waiting for about 10 minutes, we managed to get a table and our orders were promptly taken.

The captain recommended the special lobster dish that is served sashimi style (complete with wasabi). One can also cook the lobster meat in the pot of superior broth to eat if eating raw stuff isn't one's cup of tea! The lobster head would then be cooked with noodles. We ordered the usual kangkung (morning glory) belachan. We also ordered the special salted egg yoke tofu, fried chicken with fish paste and butter crabs. The first dish took a reasonable time to come, about 20 minutes or so (considering the crowd that was there) but we had to help ourselves when it came to filling up the tea pot and getting more chillies as they just couldn't cope with the crowd. Oh, there was this sauce that was minty and possibly made from green chillies. It made the cooked lobster meat so much more delicious! The meat was fresh and the broth was good too. We drank all of it, good till the very last drop. Ha ha ...
I loved the tofu! The mixture of salted egg yoke, mushroom, garlic and broccoli together with the tofu was wonderful. The fried chicken with fish paste turned out to be quite normal. You know what I mean by normal, just like how the kangkung belachan tasted like, normal. Then the crabs came, it was okay, the crab was really fresh. It didn't come with a lot of sauce (which turned out to be a blessing as the two deep fried mantou (steamed rolls) failed to show up even after telling the staff 3 times. We decided to forget about it. We were pacified by the earlier wonderful lobster dish, the great tasting tofu and kept busy by the butter crabs.
We then realised that the lobster head noodles was taking a very long time to be served. After we had the lobster sashimi (which was the first thing they brought out), they had taken the lobster shell back. About 40 minutes later, there was still no sign of the noodles. My bro went inside to remind them, 15 minutes later, still no sign. We then got hold of the captain to check and she came back to apologise that they had made a mistake with the order and said that it was on the way. By that time, our patience were wearing thin. The noodles finally came about 10 minutes later (my bro was taking 40 winks in between! I kid you not) and thankfully, the lobster noodles were yummylicious!!! At least it made our wait more worthwhile! Ha ha ha...
We finally left close to 9.40pm. The waiters were already clearing up and keeping the tables that were set along the corridor while the seating area inside the restaurant was still full. Well, I would say the food is good but dinner was marred by the long wait for the noodles. We could overlook the rest of the nitty gritty stuff though it was trying. Click on the image on the left for a larger view and directions to King Crab Restaurant. If you are planning to dine at this place, be prepared to wait and waste your time. Don't bother eating here if you don't have two hours to spare! Or you could just be kiasu and go early before the crowd and end up crowding the restaurant with the rest of the people who went there early to avoid the crowd! LOL ...

Time is what we want most, but... what we use worst. ~Willaim Penn

3 comments:

chih said...

it looks mighty interesting especially since i'm very hungry.

Sandra said...

YUUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Oh man, those looks good!!!!!!

I miss that tofu. And the kangkung belachang. And the crabs. All my top notch favourite foods.

Now you make me can't wait to get back to Perth. At least they have a proper Chinatown there. In Alice they only have really crappy (& overpriced) Chinese restaurants.

Jo said...

Hey I pass by it everyday! :) It used to look quite ub-tub, then they renovated it big time and also opened Marco's Pizza, tried Penne at Marco's before, not bad.