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Vshares – House of Seafood (Joo Chiat)

Today Vshares on the very famous House of Seafood. 

Again, i would like to emphasize that none of my sharing are paid nor sponsored unless stated.
Because i paid for them and thus i am totally honest about what i paid for and how i feel towards the services/products.
Of course, that is if you trust that i have the integrity to write with my utmost honesty.

If i am lucky enough, sometimes i get more than what i pay for. But on some other occasions, we just have to take in our stride that we  will not enjoy value for money services and products all the time.

By now, you would have already guessed that i have much complaints to make about House of Seafood. But honestly, i hope i wouldnt have to. I really enjoy writing good things than bad. But unfortunately, i cant really write much good stuff this time.

Anyway, i will keep it really short and pray that this will not be a lengthy post. I shall just emphasize on the few important points and that’s it.

Vshares on House of Seafood (Joo Chiat Branch)

Category:  Food (Seafood/ Zi Char)

Value for $: V

Level of service: VV

Likes: V

Will i recommend to my friend: No

Went for the crabs and other famous dishes as recommended by my colleague. It was a much raved about eating place and i thought it would be nice to bring Mum for her Birthie. Actually my heart still aches as i am typing because of the steep price i paid over there.

i am fine with paying that amount if only the food tastes much better. Sorry but i am gona b honest and blunt about my dis-satisfaction there.

We did not know it is so way inside Joo Chiat road, and thus we have to walk a long distance after alighting outside Joo Chiat Complex. I am fine with the distance but not for my Mum and Granny. I would take a cab if i know that it is so far away from the bus stop.
Along the road, you will probably see some indecent pubs/ ktv bars with some women in sleazy scantily clothes. Needless to say, tons of dirty old (and young) men. I hope this isnt enough to turn you off yet as there are more to come. Just kidding, not that terrible.

Upon reaching, we were directed to the 2nd level of the place. If you are keen to try out House of Seafood, please go ahead to their website and check out other branches instead of this Joo Chiat’s branch. Unless you have a car, or you are taking cab over, the location of this branch is really not accessible and causes much inconvenience.

The waitress that came over to take our order is quite friendly but she tried way too hard to sell us the expensive menus. We ordered 1 Medium crab (as what she suggested, that weighs around 1,6kg) and 1 small crab (that weighs around 1.4kg). Honestly, i do not know how heavy should the crabs be, for 5 pax. Thus i left it to her to help us decide.

The side dishes are

1 medium Scallop stir fry Broccoli 

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My Aunt loves Broccoli and according to her, they used the Broccoli from China which is not as nice as the ones from US.
The difference between the 2 is that, the latter is softer and not so ‘raw’ and hard when you nibble on it.
The scallops are ok, not really fresh but still acceptable.
The picture above was taken before we touch the veg and this small plate of Medium Broccoli costs $24.

I remember the cost for this because i remember that it is really not worth $24, the quantity is really pathetic
(not that the quality make up for it)

Ok, next.

1 Small Coffee Pork Ribs.

IMG_20130805_4Supposed to be 1 of their signature dishes.
I guess it is up to individual, it tastes really average to me.
The meat is really tough and i do nt like it.
Of course, this isnt a dish for the elderly either.
i wouldnt recommend this dish for sure and in my opinion, it does not deserves the “Chef recommended” status.

Next up,

1 Small Honey Chicken.

IMG_20130805_6Please pardon the poor quality of photos, i am not very good at taking food pics.
Moreover, they are all taken using my Samsung S3.

This dish is ok to me, it tastes alright. Just a tad too salty.
For those that love heavier taste like myself, you will like it.
It is also quite sweet as there is honey in it but the meat is once again, too tough.
We feel that the dish is not fresh at all and the chicken joints might be frozen to death before being cooked.

Next please~

1 Yam Ring (standard size)
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I have never liked Yam and will prolly never like it. However, to my surprise, this might be the best of the rest.
I like how crispy it is prepared, and how the nuts, prawns and other ingredients are flowing from the ring.
They tasted fresh too.
If there is a dish i can recommend (out of the many dishes we had), it will be this.

and 4 plain rice + 1 small plate of Fry Bee Hoon (for 1 pax) The Bee Hoon is nice, not your usual dry and tasteless bee hoon from the zi  char stalls.

And of course, how can we not mention about the crabs? They are what the restaurant is famous for isnt it?

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There you go, their famous Crab. We ordered the Chili crab only to regret that it is not spicy. It lacks the spicy and ooze factor and thus it is a big disappointment. The meat is fat and juicy though but it comes with a huge price. The claws are enormous and honestly, too big and too much for us. Well, i shouldnt have listened to the lady and let her decide on our order, i mean, obviously it is a scam. Sorry to say that but do you know how much is this huge juicy crab? It costs us $87. Thank you but it is so not worth it.
I can get a nicer crab this size at Melben’s for $60.

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And as if the Chili Crab isnt enough to turn us off, here comes the smaller Butter Crab. This butter crab taste nothing like butter crab to me as it is so crazily sweet. It is more like Caramel Crab instead. I am not sure about you but because some like their butter crab sweet, if you do, then probably you will like this. But not for me. It taste horrible to me as it is way too sweet. I prefer Melben’s as their Butter crab is really buttery and creamy, there is also a slight tinge of sweetness despite the buttery taste. Also, this small tiny butter crab costs $60+  (sorry,  i remembered wrongly, $48 was per kg, I wrote $48 earlier on and i realised i made a mistake!) A price which i can pay at Melben’s and be satisfied about.

Although i know the Melben’s owner (TPY) and though we (churchmates) often visits the one at Opal Crescent because of friendship and etc. I am definitely honest about how i feel about the food. I will not be bias and write anything that is to their advantage just because we know each other.
To me, if the food that my friend cook isnt  that great, i rather not write than writing fake opinions. But blessed i am, Melben never fails to satisfy.

As for House of Seafood, it is disappointing and the Pricing$ just does not justify. I really regret leaving the choice to be made by the waitress. I was totally being treated like a foreigner, being ripped off a total of $330 over at House of Seafood.

YES YOU READ IT CORRECTLY. IT IS $330 for those dishes  you see above.

All i can say is, there is ZERO possibility that i will go back to House of Seafood, not even the other branches. 

I dont mind paying that amount but really, not for the quality and quantity i get over at House of Seafood.

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