Friday, 27 November 2015

Groupon Review - Mellben Legend Seafood

Been wanting to try Mellben Legend Seafood after reading many good reviews online and from friends, so when we spotted Mellben on groupon, we purchased the deal immediatey! Decided to have our seafood feast when we were having our staycation at Corpthorne King's Hotel. Happy! :) I think the groupon was S$70 for S$100 or something similar to this value, I bought it months ago. We also topped up some cash because our bill exceeded S$100 in the end. Ordered too much, oppsies! Their serving was generous, so we ate for more than 2 hours, till we almost exploded haha.. wpid-20150523_204634.jpg The groupon was only applicable to the outlet at Opal Crescent, which is about 1 or 2 bus stops from Potong Pasir MRT station. We made a booking for 8pm and were seated immediately upon arrival, I guess their peak period was over already at that time. wpid-20150523_221808.jpg This branch is kind of like a coffee shop and it is not air conditioned unlike the Toa Payoh outlet. We were seated at the seats along the corridor, just beside a drain and a parking lot, and there were quite a bit of flying ants initially, but they went to another table after a while. Suggest that you opt for the seats inside if you come to this outlet. The menu was a little different from Toa Payoh's, some crab dishes that are available at Toa Payoh is not available here, and vice versa. wpid-20150523_204051.jpg We thought that we should have a vegetable dish, but we were unable to decide on what we want, and their staff suggested this cabbage dish which was not on the menu. We were feeling spontaneous and decided to go along with her recommendation. The cabbage was cooked with some braised pork and served on a hotplate. This dish is kind of oily, and the meat were mostly fatty parts that I don't eat, but the sauce and vegetable tasted pretty good! Rate: 6.5/10 wpid-20150523_203438.jpg I love both cereal and salted egg dishes, so I was torn between which prawn dish to order initially. In the end, we decided on cereal tofu so that we can have both cereal and salted egg dishes haha! To my disappointment, the cereal was just poured over the fried tofu and mayonaise. I prefer cereal dishes that is more salty and fried with the main ingredient (tofu, in this case) if possible.. The taste was definitely alright so no worries if you'd like to order their fried tofu. Rate: 5/10 wpid-20150523_203557.jpg This is the salted egg prawn. I asked to have deshelled prawns so that it will be less trouble to consume. This dish tasted pretty alright, and their portion is super generous! There are like more than 10 prawns inside.. If I didn't remember wrongly, it costed us less than $20? Rate: 7/10 wpid-20150523_204201.jpg And here's the highlight of our meal, since Mellben is famous for their crab dishes, especially their crab bee hoon. The staff recommended their laksa crab bee hoon (not available at toa payoh's outlet), so we decided to try it. I love laksa and the bf just want something that he can dip his fried buns into (haha so cute right). I guess this dish is pretty value for money, considering the portion. It costed us $60ish, and comes in a big claypot. It came with lots of thick bee hoon which two of us were unable to finish despite stuffing ourselves mad. The crab is pretty good, although not the best that I've tried so far. There was no "crabby taste" (if you know what I mean). The soup was very watery, with some milk and laksa spice. Don't expect thick laksa gravy like our Singapore laksa. It was a little spicy, but it was tolerable especially when the soup is not so hot (both of us can't take spicy food). Rate: 7.5/10 wpid-20150523_204641.jpg The boy's fried buns.. These were kind of oily, but kind of expected I guess.. Not as fragnant as I expected it to be.. Rate: 5/10 wpid-20150523_204511.jpg We enjoyed our meal, and paying less than $100 after the groupon deal for this spread is definitely value for money. The only downside would be the environment. Suggest that you request for the seats inside if you were to visit this outlet. If you see this groupon deal again, I'll highly recommend that you buy it! :) I actually visited Mellben's outlet at Toa Payoh another time, and I find the taste and environment better on the whole. However, because I tried different dishes, I am unable to provide an accurate comparison for both outlets.

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