Fresh Lobster @ Jade Garden Seafood Corner, Sungai Rengit, Johor

Description

As the restaurant name suggests, this place serves a wide selection of fresh seafood that you get to pick and choose.  This is where I got to taste one of the best and freshest Lobster at a fraction of the price that I and most people would typically pay in other cities in Malaysia, regardless of whether it is in a Chinese or a Western restaurant.

This place can be be found hidden in a fishing village that is about a 1.5 hours drive from Johor Bahru.  The footprint of the restaurant is awesomely big and although I did not do a count on the number of tables it could fit,  I imagine it could probably fit a hundred tables, or close to that number.  The place appears to be filled with a lot of Singaporean tourists.  The menu offers Chinese cuisine with many choices of cooking style.  I happily went along with the restaurant’s recommendations which were actually the standard recipe that I had tried umpteenth times in other seafood restaurants.  I did that so that I could have a good comparison with the others I had elsewhere, and regardless of the name on the menu, there is always some difference in the style and taste and they never come out exactly the same.  I wasn’t disappointed!!! The freshness was awesome and taste the cooks gave to the dishes was really good.  So, the next time you are in Johor Bahru and you have a craving for seafood, take a ‘road trip’ to this place.  You won’t be disappointed. Oh!, be early because the place is packed during dinner, especially over the weekends.

Overall Rating: 4/5
Food Taste: 5/5
Pricing: 4/5
Ambience: 4/5
Service: 3/5

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Seafood (Chinese & Thai Cuisine) @ Restaurant Sin Hai Ting, Chai Leng Park, Perai

Description

A “kopitiam-concept’ restaurant.  The menu has a variety of local Chinese and Thai cuisine.  Good size food portion and reasonably priced.  A fairly good place for family lunch/dinner.  The crowd is usually at night.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 2/5

Noodles & Porridge @ Kedai Kopi Tien Heng Heng, Taman Desa Damai, Bukit Mertajam, Penang

Description

A perfect place to cater to different tastebuds – tomyam, clear soup, and all sorts. For the cili-hot lovers, you even get to choose your level of spiciness.  Everything is up for pick according to your personal preference; noodle, soup, ingredients.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: (self-service)

Seafood @ Ah Chui Seafood, Lengkok Paya Terubong, Penang






Description
The first time I had Ah Chui’s seafood was more than 20 years ago and the owners (a Chinese couple, “taukeh” cum cooks) were operating in a rented space in a kopitiam (coffee shop).  Today they have their own restaurant (kopitiam-style) and the place is mostly full on weekends and holidays.  You get to pick your crabs and fish that are always very fresh.  The cooks have their own style and flavour to their dishes which are unique and the more standard popular orders are grilled fish (“ikan panggang”), grilled lady fingers, deep fried batter squid/baby shrimps, Malaysian-style spicy Kam-heong crabs/shellfish.  Of course, there are many other popular varieties which I have yet to try.

Overall Rating: 3/5
Food Quality: 4/5
Pricing: 3/5
Ambience: 3/5
Service: 3/5

Local Chinese Dishes @ Lee Swee Meng, Jalan Melaka Raya 34, Malacca






Description
I happened to chance upon this place while driving around looking for somewhere to eat.  The place was crowded and the seating extended to the streets but the customers’ didn’t seem to mind, so I thought to myself, “the food here must either be  good or cheap”.  After a 5 minute wait, we were given a table.   So that was pretty fast.   Speed of service was good so the place scored some brownie points on service.

Overall Rating: 2.5/5
Food Quality: 3/5
Pricing: 2/5
Ambience: 2/5
Service: 3/5