This is the view you will be greeted with, upon reaching The Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant – right at the west edge of Sentosa island, surrounded by Underwater World and Shangri-la’s Rasa Sentosa, if you are more familiar with that. If you are in that area, take any Buses that will stop at Siloso Point. Just a short 5 minutes walk inwards and you will see the panorama view of Keppel Bay.
A hidden secret and gem in one corner of Singapore, the restaurant has prepared for many-would-agree most benevolent, celebrated day across the world – Mother’s Day. If you are not looking at somewhere ordinary and plain old similar, and would actually like to have a walk down the beach before / after dinner, you are in luck. Offering a 7-course menu this year, the eatery has put included a satisfying portion of seafood, prepared in a very Asian style. Wear something loose, as you start to indulge in some of the literally finger-licking good items.
Deep Fried Spiny Lobster Salad :: As many would like to, the first course is meant for it to be a loud bang. As cameras were whipped out enthusiastically for the pageant contestant, others were drooling uncontrollably in hope to start on the item sooner rather than later. Faces of satisfaction were seen after the first bite into it, and my dining companion proclaimed his love for this course afterwards.
Braised Treasure Chicken in Lotus Leaf :: I was surprised to fall in love with this dish, especially since food cooked the Chinese style do not usually fit my bill. However, the combination of mushrooms, chestnuts etc. has evoked an acceptably warm taste of herbs. As there was a sizable portion of the chicken not being that of tender / thigh meat, I actually enjoyed more of the accompanying gravy than the main show itself.
Homemade Water Chestnut Bean Curd with Spices Meat :: I was expecting a good clash saltiness and sweetness, and maybe some mild spiciness all in one, but thought it didn’t quite meet my expectation eventually. The chestnut and meat together did not make a good couple, and they were not popular and memorable.
Stir Fried Sea Scallop and Prawn with Asparagus :: This basket, on the other hand, impressed me beyond words. The scallops were perfectly done, with it still being chewy and having its springiness in tact. It was neither too tough nor too soft, but just right for savoring its every bit of flavor. Likewise, the prawns were fresh and not overcooked. One of the dishes I enjoyed to the fullest.
Braised Chili Crab Wrapped in Lotus Leaf with Deep Fried Bun :: What is extraordinary here is that, eating crabs here is like being a surgeon. You are fully equipped, with an apron saying, ‘Crabbing in Process’, gloves (plastic), and the necessary crab-shell breaking tools to properly de-shell the seafood. Very thoughtful, don’t you think? I’m no crab expert, but it’s one of the better Chili Crab I’ve had. It actually -is- spicy, and the chunks of crab meat are actually visible and present; They are the only things I ask for.
Stir Fried Vermicelli with Seafood :: Squids and prawns made up most of the seafood in the vermicelli. As per above, its seafood here are fresh and orgasmically indulgent. The vermicelli, however, fell short, as I thought it was a little too dry too sticky.
Red Bean Soup with Coconut and Lotus Seed :: I did not quite enjoy the dessert, largely due to the fact that (1) I do not usually like and drink Red Bean Soup, and that (2) there is a bitter aftertaste to it, of what seems like that of dried orange peel.
Information on the Menu :: The Mother’s Day Menu is from 1 – 12 May 2013, at $328++ for 4 persons. It is going for $428++ for 6 persons, though then, is for an 8-course meal. The 8-course menu includes Charcoal Grill Sea Scallop, Steamed Cod Fillet, Gratin King Prawn, Braised Treasure Chicken, Braised Abalone and Black Moss, the above Seafood Vermicelli and Red Bean Soup, and their signature crab, the Braised Claypot Crab with Superior Broth and Pumpkin. It is their secret to success, and I personally really quite like its texture and taste, and explains how well salted egg, curry and pumpkin goes together. Don’t worry, they sound like they don’t know each other well, but they sure blend well as one.
From 1 – 12 May 2013, a free 1kg of additional crab will be given for every Mother’s Day Menu ordered. Oooolala!
Besides The Boxing Crab Seafood Restaurant, Medzs (@ Millenia Walk & Orchard Central), is also offering a Mother’s Day Special Promotion on 12 May 2013 itself – a more westernized, meaty and seafood-oriented menu.
Special gratitude to Racheal, Magdalene and the Brand Cellar team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting.
Address: 80 Siloso Beach, Sentosa
Telephone: 6274 7760
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Daily)