Dinner at Restoran King Crab @ SS25/2, Petaling Jaya

>> Dec 19, 2009

King Crab Restaurant used to be a place that I go for crabs. As my brothers just got back from the UK, they wanted to indulge in some crabs. So off we were.

Restoran King Crab (They spelt it that way)

At King Crab Restaurant, there are about 20 tanks to choose your seafood from. You can pick your choice of fish, clams, abalone, oysters, prawns or geoduck to sample. There is also the choice of prawns and fish from the freezer. Live seafood would definitely cost more, a lot more. (Chinese people like to see their food swimming about before consumption.)

As my relatives arrived before us, they already placed the order for the food, thus the food arrived when as we were settling down. Food used to take quite a while to come at this place. The portion for the food were made for 10 people, thus the respective prices.

Tofu (beancurd) cooked with century egg and salted egg yoke (RM30)

Marmite Pork Ribs (RM40)

The bean curd and the pork ribs were good as usual. I certainly ate quite a bit of this dish.

Spinach Soup with Century Egg (RM25)

The spinach soup however, was a disaster. The spinach used to cooked the soup were old vegetable, giving it that tough texture to the dish, making it hard to swallow. Certainly a disappointment.

Sweet and Sour Red Talapia, Hong Fei Cao (RM37)

I didn't sample this dish since I once saw red fish swimming about the indah water pond (Its nothing to do with king crab as they probably sourced their fish from clean places). It is just personally how I feel about red tilapia.

Salt and Pepper Mantis Prawn (Lai Lui Har) (RM30)

The mantis prawns were good. It was packed with flavour, crispy on the outside and soft in the inside. Definitely one of the 'must try' dishes at this place.

Crab cooked with Salted Egg 1.5kg (Ham Tan Hai) (RM64.50)

Butter Crab 1.5kg (RM64.50)

Mantou (to go with the butter crab) (RM9)

The style of cooking the crabs was good like usual. The Sauces had a punch. However, the crabs quality has definitely dropped. Some of the crabs didn't taste that fresh (probably dead crabs) and most of the crab meat was sticking to the shell. This is probably due to the cooking method of the crab. If crab is not cooked with high heat, it is not common for its meat to stick to the shell. This is quite a large put off for this place. It is called King Crab after all.

Anyway, I doubt I'll be coming to this place anymore. The restaurant is mostly empty. Maybe they changed their chef or something. This place used to be very well known for good food. However, the rave about this place has somehow died down.

The bill came to a whooping RM407.70. For the price you're paying, there are far better seafood restaurants about such as South Sea (near Subang Airport) or Greenview (Rothman roundabout). South Sea Restaurant has a much greater variety to choose from.

Note: This post is based solely on my opinion.

Pricing: About RM50 per person (mud crabs)
If lobster, geoduck, alaskan king crab, hairy crab or any of those sort of seafood is ordered, the price will fly exponentially

*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience

Map to King Crab Restaurant

103-107, Jalan SS25/2,
Taman Mewah Jaya,
47301 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor D.E.

Telephone number: 03-78036999
Website: http://www.kingcrab.com.my/

Opening hours: 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm.
For weekends and public holidays: 8.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm


jfook December 19, 2009 at 4:17 PM  

The crabs and prawns look awesomely delicious. :)

Tummy Rumble December 19, 2009 at 4:19 PM  

@jfook: they sure looked better than they tasted... haha

Rengam Boy December 19, 2009 at 4:23 PM  

It is good thing that you speak out your mind about the foods rather be influenced by some featured writers. I totally believe in what you said. Good work.

ccsoul December 19, 2009 at 5:28 PM  

aiyor..all the crabs make me melt XD

Tummy Rumble December 19, 2009 at 6:47 PM  

@Rengam Boy: Thanks

@ccsoul: :)

JC,  December 19, 2009 at 11:49 PM  

I used to think their food were quite good. Haven't been there in a long time

Anonymous,  December 20, 2009 at 1:03 AM  

I am totally disappointed with the service here. I won't be going back to King Crab

Tummy Rumble December 20, 2009 at 1:35 AM  
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Tummy Rumble December 20, 2009 at 1:37 AM  

@JC: I had a bad experience from my last visit.. definitely a nono for me from now on..

@Anonymous: gone were the days of good food at king crab...

PeckWm December 21, 2009 at 12:11 AM  

this is one of the most expensive seafood restaurant!! Most of the PJ people know about it! this is the reason why seldom ppl dine in there, they seafood I heard from many juz so so.. not really taste damn good..

Baby December 23, 2009 at 1:35 AM  

crab crab.. i like baked crab best

Tummy Rumble December 24, 2009 at 2:21 AM  

@PeckWm: quite true there... there are better places

noobie January 2, 2010 at 10:44 AM  

Oh, you didn't order the bbq crab? that's the best IMO, the natural sweetness of the crab really comes out. plus when you eat it with their homemade chilli, wow.

Tummy Rumble January 2, 2010 at 5:55 PM  

@noobie: I love their homemade chili.. Had their BBQ crab before.. but I usually go for salted egg crabs when it comes to mud crabs. however, I would say their standard somewhat dropped quite substancially compared with when they first opened..

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