Way back in August, I went to Royal Seafood Chinese Restaurant for dinner with my Mum, Aunty and older brother. I was contemplating whether or not to post about it because it would be a looooong post – but then it just goes to show how dinner with crappy service and food can still turn out to be a happy affair.
Anyway, so here goes.
We ordered Singapore chilli mud crab. It was ok. Too sweet and not spicy. I’ve been lucky enough to eat the best chilli crab in Singapore so my standards are high…haha. The crab was really sweet and fresh though. Another thing – the deep-fried mantou is an additional charge…I always thought it was just part of the dish…!?!
Singapore chilli mud crab
Next up was the snowpea sprouts with crab meat sauce on top. This was bad. The vegetables were cold…the crab meat sauce had a refrigerator smell…crab meat was obviously frozen packaged crab meat.
Crab meat with snowpea sprouts (not the thin salad-type sprouts)
Then came seafood horfun…which was seriously bad. The seafood wasn’t fresh. I had one bite and I could tell there was a weird taste. We suspected it was the scallops, but since the sauce is cooked with the seafood, the whole dish was permeated with a mouldy expired-seafood taste. G.R.O.S.S.
Next was their signature dish – ‘gwai fa gai’ (Osmanthus chicken). It was actually not bad but a tad too salty for my liking.
Gwai fa gai
Last main dish was their ‘eight treasure tofu claypot’. This was very disappointing. The quality of the meat and seafood used was mediocre and the flavour was nothing special. It’s definitely not worth the $25 or so.
They give complimentary fruit (orange..you can kiiind of see some of the peel at the top of the picture! haha), and dessert (red bean soup). The red bean soup was a bit diluted and nowhere near as good as some other ones I’ve had.
Red bean soup
Ok…so that’s the food. Now, the service. We expected to have a short and simple dinner, except we ended up taking about 3 hours to eat 5 dishes because service was so slow. It took about 45mins for our first dish to come out, and another 30mins for the next dish (which was the vegetables). The restaurant wasn’t even jam-packed that night…although, they did have 3 large tables of 8 people so I’m guessing that’s why service was so slow and all the staff were so inattentive to you small table of four.
The not-full restaurant
Anyway, I won’t bore you with exact details but let’s just say it was an eventful dinner. The wrong dish was served to us, one dish wasn’t even served and we were only alerted 2.5 hours after ordering that there was none left (doesn’t make sense). There was a debuncle with the dessert…unnecessary troubles. And when we informed the manager about the odd taste in the seafood horfun, he VERY reluctantly cancelled it from our bill and in fact tried to make us eat the rest of it.
I’ve got the details of the restaurant below, but I seriously wouldn’t recommend this place to anyone. I do apologize to readers who have been to this place and like/love it…maybe it was a bad night for us, but it was bad enough to make up our minds that we’re not going back.
Royal Seafood Chinese Restaurant
91 Aberdeen St,
(08) 9328 7738
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