Thursday, 22 October 2015
Jade Garden Seafood Restaurant at Sungai Rengit Lobster JK1273
Jade Garden was the first seafood restaurant that I have tried at Sungai Rengit in Pengerang, Johor and have since returned several times.
Jade Garden is the most successful of the seafood restaurants in Sungai Rengit and has moved from it's humble street corner location to this huge building. Jade Garden's new seafront home is just a stone's throw from it's previous location.
This is the first time I've returned to Jade Garden since it moved to this new location last year. Jade Garden is now a huge fully air conditioned banquet hall. It is very comfortable, especially for families and large gatherings.
The first thing on my mind, and I guess for many regular customers too is, is Jade Garden still as good?
For a start, I am glad that Jade Garden's pricing is very competitive. Live spiny lobsters are sold at RM130 (SGD43) to RM180 (SGD60) per kilo depending on size.
We also ate lobsters at another restaurant today at Sungai Rengit town - the smaller restaurant charged us the same price for lobsters i.e. RM180 per kilo.
Service has actually improved as there are now more staff and they are attentive and friendly. (We were here on a weekday - Thursday during lunch.)
But, the key question remains - how is the food, especially the lobsters?
I asked and the manager told me that the same kitchen team is still running the show here at Jade Garden's new location.
We ordered Jade Garden's signature, Lobster in Superior Broth.
The mildly savoury sweet superior broth complements the firm springy lobster flesh very well. The lobster meat still contained it's natural juices and subtle flavours. This is one of my favourite ways to eat lobster.
I also asked for Marmite lobsters like a "regular". (Marmite lobsters are not in the menu and only regulars know about it :-D ).
Many regulars swear by this Marmite lobster.
The lobster was deep fried in high heat till the shell was brittle and there was a slight crisp on the outside of the meat. The meat has a nice gentle savoury sweet flavour from the Marmite marinade. There was also a slight spicy note from the bits of chili topping. The meat was firm and springy, and slightly drier due to deep frying.
In the crucial lobster department, Jade Garden tastes the same now as before.
We also had a serving of Gong Gong (shell fish) which were simply blanched in hot water and dressed with a watery savoury sweet sauce.
Tender slightly chewy meat, Gong Gong is briny with little flavour and had to be eaten with spicy or savoury dipping sauces.
Our total bill came to RM277.50 (SGD92) which we felt was reasonable given the quality of the food and the ambiance.
->> In my humble opinion, Jade Garden Seafood Corner is now bigger and better than before. A good place for live lobsters.
Also recommended for you:
My first post on Jade Garden <- click
My second post on Jade Garden <- click
Restaurant name: Jade Garden Seafood Corner
Address: Lorong Siakap 1, Sungai Rengit, Pengerang, Johor
GPS: 1.347967, 104.223795 / 1°20'52.7"N 104°13'25.7"E
Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm
Tel: +607-826 5460
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 22 Oct 2015
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