Lobster Porridge $50++ with two 350g baby lobsters
Lobsters are one of the most photogenic of food subjects. They are a real visual feast. In fact, for every $100 you spend on Lobsters, I think you are paying $50 just for the visual excitement, $30 for the taste that you extract from the shell and the flesh itself is only worth about $20 cos there is really not much of it. So photographers actually get maximum value from a Lobster since we derive enjoyment from taking the pics and spending hours admiring the vibrant colours and intricate design of this Culinary King of Crustaceans!
Lobsters have a very special place in my heart ever I ate my first one in Phuket with my then fiancee. At that time, I was still a medical student while my fiancee was already working. So when she suggested we have a Lobster for dinner, my first reaction was that it was way too expensive. When you are a student, paying $40 (1000 baht) for a meal was a big deal. Anyway, she convinced me that she had the money to "Yang Lao Kong" (Keep a Husband) so we ordered a Lobster Thermidor. From that day on, the Lobster Thermidor was top of my list of things to eat on special occasions like my birthday.
Unfortunately, the phenomenon of the Lobster Anticlimax happened to us that day. The porridge is like your Fish Porridge where the Lobster broth is poured over rice. It tasted very good, but the Lobster taste was not strong enough. It could well have been a very good Seafood Porridge and we would not have known the difference. Still it was quite enjoyable albeit expensive for a bowl of porridge. However, I did derive half the value of the Lobster by taking some really nice pictures! 4/5
Lobster Mee Sua $50++
The Lobster Mee Sua did not save the day either. The gravy was nice but again it did not adequately capture that Crustacean flavour that I so crave for. The Mee Sua also tasted a bit "floury" that day. 3.5/5
The restaurant's Head Chef has won several Gold Medals at the Singapore Food Festival and the restaurant has garnered several rave reviews from the newspapers, so I still suspect that the Lobster porridge and Mee Sua could be much better. However, with the four of us paying $170 for the two Lobster dishes, two meat dishes and one Tofu dish, it is certainly not something that we would like to try again at a whim. Still the Restaurant made it to this blog because, well, it is about Lobsters and they have a very special place in my heart.