The history of Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant goes back to the 1970s when the family initially ran a floating fish farm near Pulau Ubin at the eastern side of Singapore. Since they claim that "freshness is [their] forte", I was tempted to try their food.
Butter Squid S$15.00
The first dish to arrive at the table was butter squid. The squid rings were coated with flour and fried till crispy, paired with runny butter sauce which gave them a powerful aroma I also enjoyed the onion slices which were cooked till caramelised.
Deep-Fried Chicken with Salted Eggs S$15.00
Tender fried chicken meat was coated with salted egg sauce which had a good sweet and salty balance. Most importantly, the sauce was neither overly thick nor rich, which allowed me to finish it without feeling sick.
Herbal Prawns S$20.00
Swimming inside a pool of fragrant herbal broth were around ten medium-sized prawns which were pretty succulent, but could be sweeter. My only gripe would be the fact that it was served lukewarm.
Black Pepper Crab S$35.00
In this restaurant, each crabs weighs approximately 700 grams. Out of the six cooking style, I decided to try the black pepper crab. While the sauce was spicy and flavourful, it was a tad too thick to be spread evenly. Also, I guess you can see from the picture that the crab wasn't that meaty, although trust me, the meat was sweet beyond my expectation.
Spinach Bayam with Superior Stock S$15.00
Repetition detected: spinach and bayam, which is a Malay or Indonesian word for the former! Anyway, while the leafy vegetable was pretty fresh, I found the stock to be by no means superior. It was lightly seasoned, made slightly more flavourful with lightly fried garlic.
Taste: 7.5/10Ambience: 7.5/10
The food was alright. I feel that there was nothing to rave about, but I really had a filling dinner that day. Pika's advice: The restaurant is able to prepare Buddha Jumps over the Wall (seasonal price) for you, but two days advance order is required.
Ocean Kingdom Seafood Restaurant
Ubi Avenue 1
Blk 301 #01-305
(Daily: 12 noon - 2.30pm, 5.00pm - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,Cliff(y)