Thanks to KampungBoyCityGal, I got to tag along for an invited dinner at Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant. It is a HALAL classy seafood restaurant that have catered for numerous company events, family functions and banquets. Residents staying within the vicinity of Bangsar should know this place well, it’s located in One Bangsar just opposite TMC.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Ivy for the first time. After a brief introduction to Bangsar Seafood Garden, food was served immediately. A menu was designed specially for the eight of us, which consisted of none other than, plenty of seafood. For your information the dishes’ portions were prepared according to the number of attending guests.
Loh Han Vegetables (Luo Han Zhai) @ RM40, a vegetarian dish cooked with mainly mushroom and dried beancurd in soy sauce then served in a circle of broccoli.
I have mentioned before that I would love to try Cod Fish in a different way other than always having it steamed. I got to try it that day and I loved it, perhaps even more than the steamed version.
Although the Baked Cod Fish with Oats (RM130/kg) had a less than appealing presentation, it was excusable for the rich flavor. The sweetness of the creamy sauce was contrasted with a hint of black pepper spiciness, with the oats providing enjoyable crunch and some toasted flavor.
Next dish was Fresh Water Prawns with Special Sauce @ RM135/kg. The special sauce tasted similar to sweet sauce, like tamarind but a little spicier.
Because of the thick shell each prawn was halved to make it easier to eat – no peeling was required, just dig the flesh with a spoon. Fresh water prawns are desired for their meaty and succulent flesh that feels almost like eating lobsters.
Just look at the amount of flesh in just a halved prawn alone, it’s even thicker than my finger! Can you imagine biting into the prawns and savor the tenderness?
I was pleasantly shocked to know that there was not one, but two crab dishes lined up for us. The first crab dish to arrive was Butter Crab @ RM53-60/kg.
OK, lets see.. Big crab? Check. Big Crab with huge meaty claws? Check. Big Crab with huge meaty claws in thick creamy butter sauce? Check. Crispy fried ‘man tao’ to dip in the butter sauce? Check. Is there anything to complain about at all? lol.
Salted Egg Yolk Crab is a wonderful crab dish that will surely appeal to seafood (especially crab) lovers, so it’s only natural it made its way into the menu. It would seem like an easy dish to prepare right? Just fry the crabs with salted egg yolks only mah.
But in fact a chef needs a good skill of timing and complete control of the fire to successfully prepare a good Salted Egg Yolk Crab. And the chef here delivers. The last thing you would want is overcooked crab with flesh sticking to the shells like a stamp to a letter. Trust me on that.
OK do I need to go through the checking thing again? lol. The crab was delicious and I fully enjoyed it. Well except for the shell-peeling part.
The last dish was Wok Fried Rice with Pumpkin Cubes @ RM40 for a large serving. Now, I have to admit I didn’t have high expectations when I saw it. I was thinking “Fried rice in a pumpkin? How good can it be? It must be here to fill up our stomach, or just to make the dinner complete as a rice dish”.
Man, how wrong was I. It was a classical example of ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ because the fried rice was surprisingly tasty with loads of fresh prawns hidden from sight.
For dessert we were treated to a bowl of Chilled Honey Dew with Sago and Aloe Vera bits. We were told this dessert is rarely prepared unless upon special requests so I guess were were lucky to get to try it. It was great, highly recommended.
There is a special seating area in the restaurant where the dining tables are actually on a small pond of little fishes, and water is seen running through the tables into the pond – simply a sight to behold. The little fishes are great fun for kids too.
I won’t lie to you saying dining at Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant is affordable and all because the prices are certainly not cheap compared to the other seafood restaurants. But once in a while when you are looking to indulge in a pleasant seafood experience at a nicely decorated restaurant with a beautiful garden to boot, Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant is surely one of the places to consider.
Bangsar Seafood Garden Restaurant (website)
No 63, Jalan Ara,
59100 Kuala Lumpur (Location map)
Telephone: +6 03 2282 2555, Fax: +6 03 2284 4827
(Lunch: 12:00pm – 2:30pm)
(Dinner: 6:00pm – 10:30pm)