Hi everyone! I’m in sunny Singapore right now! It’s quite hot and humid but given that I’ve pretty much been frozen for the past 1.5 months from Perth’s weather, I am relishing this heat (this is coming from someone who hates hot weather too). Gosh and don’t even mention the sunshine! I’m loving my vit.D! Haha. Seriously, being stuck in my office studying and not having much sun except for lunchtime has made me suspect I had some vit.D deficiency or something =.=’
So here’s a post for you about our Mother’s day dinner treat! I’ve been having so much fun in Singapore and its great seeing my boyfriend JS and his family again, but I’m too busy eating mee pok and crabs so transfer my photos..haha. So here’s yet another belated post first =P
Mum has wanted to visit Red Cray for quite a while, so my siblings and I decided to treat her and Nan to dinner there for Mother’s day. I’ve had the Red Cray Platter with JS, and we both enjoyed it immensely. When I told Mum about it, she was quite intrigued but we never really had the chance to go because the restaurant is quite a while away from us…about 35-40min drive!
But that all changed on Mother’s Day 2012 =)
Red Cray is mostly known for their cheap crayfish. It’s not incredibly cheap but it’s affordable and quite tasty. Not sure if the crays are fresh fresh (as in swimming fresh), but they are still quite sweet.
They’ve got quite a selection for their menu – assorted entrees, 2 types of seafood platters, fish/seafood, meat, and curry. Yes, curry. Red Cray is owned by Indians so I guess they wanted to add a touch of their own culture in?
So what did we choose from the menu?
We ordered 2 serves of garlic bread and it’s seriously so nice! I love the garlic bread here. Although it wasn’t as garlicky as I’d like, the bread was thick, fluffy, toasted well and was flavoursome from the butter.
My brother GC loves calamari, and he was eyeing this immediately after he spotted it on the menu. haha. This was quite nice. The batter wasn’t too thick and it just nicely coated the squid. I hate it when there is a discernible layer of flour. It was crispy and came with a mini salad, and aioli which was a bit meh…I think it was supposed to be garlic but there wasn’t much garlic taste.
Mum and Dad of course ordered the platter! They love seafood platters in general, and since I said it was quite good, they didn’t hesitate one bit. haha. Mum was hesitant on ordering the executive platter though, but we told her not to worry about the price and just go ahead and order it. I’m a poor uni student, but the most important thing is that everyone enjoys the food they order!
The executive platter is the same as the Red Cray platter, except it also comes with a whole lobster. The menu says it’s lobster mornay, but Mum doesn’t like cream-based sauces, etc, and they were very nice to substitute it with a grilled lobster. The rest of the platter had grilled scallops, grilled fish (not sure what time though), garlic prawns, trio of condiments (tartare sauce, tomato sauce, lemon), chilli mussels, lobster, calamari rings, beer-battered fish, natural oysters (x 4), and chips. Phew! I especially love how everything is served on its own small dish…that way it’s not piled on top of each other and the fried stuff don’t get soggy, and the flavours don’t mingle.
My Nan, sister SC, and JC’s girlfriend VH ordered the pan-grilled salmon. This came on a bed of risotto (lemon, I think?) and 2 stems of brocollini. From what I heard, it was very nicely cooked and very filling. I was actually eyeing this as well, but I’m really picky with my cooked salmon (I really don’t like overcooked salmon). VH did give me a little bit to taste and the salmon was very fresh…though slightly overcooked for my liking =P