Singapore. Even though it is claimed by some to be a hubbub of cuisines, which is not wrong in all sense, most have difficulty to recall what is truly Singaporean, and not some imported taste made local. If you are one of them, look no further than JUMBO, one of the chain of seafood restaurant, and its famed chili crab.
In truth, even JUMBO could not lay full claim to its food as a truly Singaporean cuisine. The seafood it offers is really a fusion between Hong Kong style cooking and local tastes, but the chili crab it serves is something which Singaporeans are proud to say is their local trademark.
|The restaurant is usually crowded, filled to the sidewalk border. The amber sign beckons diners to visit its confines.|
|A panoramic shot of the Singapore River, with JUMBO Restaurant to the left of the view.|
I had not visited all 6 of its restaurants, but the one in Riverwalk, right beside Singapore River and in the midst of the vibrant nightlife of Clarke Quay, is so far the only one which captured my attention. Choosing between an air-conditioned interior and the open air ambient next to the river is a personal preference. I, or rather we, chose the latter in case you are interested to know.
If the day was not so hot, sitting outdoors was not that bad. Watching sexy ladies walking past was not a favorite pastime of mine, but it suffices in killing time while waiting for the dish to be served. The waiters and waitresses were kind and patient enough to wait for our order, and to provide details of individual dishes as well as recommendations.
|Picking crab flesh from its shell is messy work. Fortunately JUMBO provided each diner with a paper napkin, although it makes a salivating eager diner looks like a drooling stroke patient.|
|Let there be no argument that crab is the word of the day in JUMBO. Even their paper towel advertises the famed Singaporean dish.|
Despite its name, the pot of chili crab is by no means salsa hot, merely a tad spicy to the Malaysian taste bud. For beginners dining in spicy food, this would be a good start. The fragrance wafting out from the pot is positively mouth-watering, with the egg-filled gravy mixed with chili and assorted spices covering the hard shelled crustaceans beckoning for a bite. If you know how to twist the flesh out from its protective casing that is.
That does not mean that every diner must be a fan of seafood though. Other oriental dishes are also offered within the pages of the menu, dishes that are a norm to locals but still tasty nonetheless. And who wouldn’t love desserts, those sweet and inviting items that make a person’s taste buds cry for more.
|Some steamed rolls (馒头) served as appetizers, or as your main staple if you wish to.|
|Stir Fried Broccoli could be your choice for balancing the diet with some greens.|
|For one like me who must have rice as his main staple, try out the fried rice. Don't put your hopes too high though...|
|A large platter of fruit will serve to cool you down under the hot Singaporean weather.|
We all sighed in relief after having finished the array of dishes despite the complaints of a filled stomach. And the job of satisfying my taste buds completed, my mind wandered around with my eyes, and in the midst of observing sexy butts near the riverside, I realized that the logo chosen for this restaurant coincides with the image of a floating seafood restaurant in Hong Kong which shares the same name. I wonder if they were related.
Suitable for: for a celebration with family and friends
Cost: Costly as it is usually frequented by seafood lovers. Seafood will not be cheap here, but dining in groups will help lower down individual expenses.
Address: 30 Merchant Road #01-01/02, Riverside Point, Singapore 058282
Operating hours: Daily lunch (12 p.m. - 3 p.m.)
Daily dinner (6 p.m. - 12 a.m.)
Directions: Exit at Clarke Quay MRT, and walk towards The Central. Exit the mall towards the direction of the river, and look to the left, where the building with large shining words of 'Riverside Point' beckons. The restaurant is visible from the outside.