Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant – Go for their Kopi Crabs!
Following the success of Majestic Restaurant and Jing, Majestic Bay is the newest venture for Chef Yong Bing Ngen. Located in Gardens by the Bay, the design of the restaurant seeks to make the most of the impressive waterfront view of the Marina Bay, taking on nautical references in its design. Opening a seafood restaurant has always been a wish for Chef Yong and Majestic Bay is his first. Evident from the “live” water tanks that flank the entrance, Majestic Bay is all about fresh seafood.
I didn’t like the usual seared bun (sheng jian bao) which has a big piece of minced meat wrapped in the bun because it has too much meat. Hence I welcome the change created by Majestic Bay – Seared Chili Crab Meat Bun ($4.50 for 3). Especially when I don’t want to get my hands dirtied, eating this version is good enough. It has a generous portion of shredded crabmeat and not too spicy.
when Majestic Restaurant first opened many years back, I remembered I had a bowl of Lobster Noodles which was very memorable. Similarly at Majestic Bay, be sure to try the Braised Baby Abalone Mee Sua ($24 for 2-4 pax, $36 for 5-8 pax). The baby abalone is soft and mee sua is so soft and it absorbs the rich broth.
Inspired by Chef Yong’s love for coffee, he crafted Majestic Bay Signature “Kopi” sauce live crab (market price). Cooked with a special sauce made from a blend of 3 different varieties of coffee beans, this signature creation took chef over 3 months to “brew”. When it arrived at our table, we can immediately smell the coffee aroma. When it was lighted up, the rice wine, coffee liqueur and coffee beans gave a sexy caramel robust. Using Sri Lanka crabs, each big piece of crab meat is well coated with a coffee fragrance. If you like coffee, I am quite sure you will like this.
For lighter bites, the dim sum menu is offered at lunchtime. Created by Guangzhou-born Chef Li Shou Tao who has been making dim sum for over 2 decades features 24 traditional items, such as Steamed Fresh Prawn Dumpling ($4.80 for 4 pcs), Steamed Siew Mai Dumpling ($4.50 for 4 pieces) and Steamed Scallop Rice Rolls ($5.00 for 2 rolls).
My lunch ended with Sweet’s Temptation ($20 for 4 pax) which has Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Yam Paste Stuffing, Shredded Coconut; Glutinous Rice Dumpling with Fresh Cream Stuffing; Steamed Custard Bun, Salted Egg Yolk; Bay’s Chinese Pancake, Red Bean Paste. My favourite is definitely the Steamed Custard Bun. Once you peel it open, the sweet custard oozes out.
Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-10
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Tel: +6604 6604
Opening hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm; 5.45pm – 9.30pm daily