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Lip tingling crab at Jumbo Seafood

It’s been a long time since I’ve been to Jumbo Seafood at Riverside Point, near Clarke Quay.  Used to be that this was the standard place to bring visitors to Singapore to eat their famous Singapore chilli crab, but since the whole esplanade area has been built up, No Signboard has been a much more scenic  and frenetic location.

A friend visiting organised dinner at Jumbo – it doesn’t seem like the esplanade has taken any of its business away, with incredibly three seatings.  We stuck to the standards – Singapore chilli crab, black pepper crab, homemade tofu and fried rice.  I have to say I’d forgotten just how sweet their chilli crab sauce was – but even that amount of sweetness couldn’t take away the heat of the chilli.  We were warned that the black pepper crab would be spicier still, with the pepper this time adding the heat instead of the chilli, and they were right – by the end of the meal, I could barely feel my lips.

I actually love spicy food, but when the heat takes over all other flavours, it takes away a lot of the enjoyment of eating the food for me.  I missed the delicate sweetness of the crab in both dishes, and was left disappointed.  My favourite dish of the evening was their fried rice, which was surprisingly great!

Not sure I’ll be back there in a hurry.

Jumbo Riverside Point
30 Merchant Road # 01-01/02 Riverside Point
Singapore 058282
Tel: 6532-3435

No crab at no signboard

My sister, brother in-law and my niece were in town for a short visit and stayed at the Fullerton, so we thought we’d take a stroll across the river to No Signboard for some local cuisine.

Amongst the usual hustle and bustle of that crazily busy restaurant, we ordered our food – sans crab for the first time ever, due to a boycott P made on crabs (it’s too fiddly) and also with my two year old niece, crab would have turned into a food fight.  So what DO you order when crab isn’t the main event ?

We had taken another visiting friend there a few weeks before and truly enjoyed the white pepper crab and ee fu noodles with crab…

The sweet and sour pork was served luke warm and slightly anemic looking, the steamed fish tasted a tad “muddy”, but the rest of the meal was spot on.  Chicken with dried chilli was tender and fiery hot, seafood crispy noodles and fried rice were excellent and we were all garlic-ed out by the snow pea sprouts with garlic.

All a bit hit and miss, a little disappointing when everything should have been good.  But for $50 a head (and with beer served in mugs so cold you get beer icicles forming in your mug) and the superb location, you can’t really go wrong, can you ?

No Signboard
The Esplanade
8 Raffles Ave

Tel: 6336 9959