We went to Senibong Seafood Village with our long time buddies for Halal seafood. Senibong Seafood Village is a stretch of six or seven seafood restaurants in Kampung Senibong in Permas Jaya. All the seafood restaurants here have dining sections over the beach and face the Straits of Johor. We can see Singapore on the other side.
As there were several seafood restaurants here, we took our time to look at each of them. We looked at their seafood on display for freshness, had a glimpse of their kitchens, their customers and what were on their tables.
After a couple of rounds, we settled on Anjung Senibong Malay Sea Food although there was really nothing that clearly told the restaurants apart, without first trying their food.
Anjung Senibong Malay Sea Food is very well appointed, and like the rest, it also had an outdoor dining area on stilts. As the weather was excellent and breezy that evening, we naturally opted for al fresco dining to enjoy the view and sea breeze.
We enjoyed our company and we were all happy with our choice of restaurant that evening. Here's what the four of us had that night.
La la RM15
First, the la la (shellfish). The la la fried in spicy sambal were fresh and well cleaned. No trace of sand or dirt at all. The la la were not plump but were nicely chewy and the spicy sambal was savoury, fragrant and not overly spicy hot. All of us liked this dish.
Cereal prawns RM20
The cereal prawns won the most praise. The flesh was fresh, thick, firm yet tender. The cereal batter was crispy and helped brought out the naturally sweet flavours of the fresh succulent flesh very well. The deep fried cereal batter was crisp and not oily.
Seafood mee goreng RM9
The seafood mee goreng or noodles fried in seafood stock had that much appreciated distinct seafood umami flavour.
The accompanying mussels, sotong and prawns were fresh and juicy. The noodles went so fast, I actually didn't have a chance to sample it and had to rely on my companions' feedback for these comments :P By the looks of the noodles and the expressions on my friends' faces as they quickly slurped up the noodles, they must be yummy :)
Chili crabs RM51
The chili crab was fried in sambal chili and was the dry type, not the syrupy textured gravy type which I am more used to. This dry style turned out to the nice too.
The crabs were fresh and meaty, and naturally sweet too. This crab dish also got high marks from all of us.
The sotong was naturally sweet and the delicately flavoured curry spices brought that out well. The dish was in the drier style. Personally, I prefer my sotong to be served with a more drippy gravy that would help keep the sotong flesh soft while retaining its spring.
Fried kai lan RM10
The simple fried fresh leafy greens were tasty and all disappeared very fast. We liked the savoury gravy though one of my friends felt it was a little on the salty side.
We enjoyed our dinner at Anjung Senibong Malay Sea Food. The total bill with drinks came to RM145 which we felt was reasonable for the amount and quality of food we had, in a nice seaside restaurant with sea view and breeze.
Restaurant name: Anjung Senibong Malay Sea Food
Address: 4, Persisir Pantai Senibong, Kampung Senibong, Permas Jaya, Johor Bahru
Hours: 6:00pm to midnight
Date visited: 4 Oct 2012