Two weeks ago, I visited and dined at Majestic Bay (冠華) Seafood Restaurant at Gardens by the Bay twice in the same week.
On my first visit, I tried their items from their Chinese New Year menu for a Lo Hei session:
The restaurant is helmed by award-winning Chef Yong Bing Ngen and is the Majestic Group‘s first seafood themed restaurant. Chef Yong is previously responsible for the success of Majestic Restaurant and Jing. Opening a seafood restaurant is a first for Chef Yong who is known for his contemporary Chinese cuisine.
The restaurant is located below the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay and can seat 110 pax for family, group and corporate dining. It offers an impressive waterfront view of Marina Bay and the interior is done up like a ship deck to fit the “water” theme.
On the second visit, I got down to trying some of their signature seafood dishes:
One of the restaurant’s specialty worth mentioning in particular is the Bay’s Signature “Kopi” Crab 冠华咖啡焗肉蟹 (market price):
Cooked with a special sauce made from a blend of 3 different coffee bean varieties, this special creation took Chef Yong over 3 months to “brew”. Apple jam and a small portion of marmalade and orange juice are used in the Kopi Crab sauce, giving it a fruity taste.
The crab is then flambéed at the table with a mixture of rice wine and coffee liqueur, and coffee beans are added to the alcohol mixture just before serving for an extra burst of fragrance and caramelisation.
I find the sticky texture and caramel taste on the crab shell very intriguing. These are not the usual stuff you will association with a seafood dish. It’s like eating caramel popcorn which enjoying your crab, a rather fascinating experience.
Overall, dining at Majestic Bay was a pleasant experience with a good view of Marina Bay and pretty good food. Price is a little steep, but you pay for quality and the restaurant is located in the Marina Bay precinct where everything is expensive (in fact, I believe Majestic Bay is priced pretty reasonably compared to many other restaurants in the area).
18 Marina Gardens Drive
#01-10 Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay
Operating Hours: Daily, 12:00 – 14:30 and 18:00 – 21:30