Tank to table


Steamed Japanese Scallops with garlic and vermicelli. — Photos: OVERSEA SEAFOOD KUALA LUMPUR

A stalwart in the food industry, the Oversea Group of Restaurants is not a new player when it comes to churning out delicious Chinese dishes.

Still, its newest outlet – Oversea Seafood – is making a splash by making seafood its main highlight.

Located along Jalan Tun Razak near TREC Kuala Lumpur, the pork-free restaurant features seafood-focused dishes that are meticulously prepared by chefs and delivered fresh via an innovative conveyor belt from the aquariums directly to the kitchen, creating a seamless “tank to table” seafood experience.

Giant Freshwater Prawns in House Special sauce.Giant Freshwater Prawns in House Special sauce.

Promising “an immersive dining experience set beneath the waves”, the interior décor of the restaurant itself sets the mood with nautical accents such as oars, anchors and round ship windows.

The giant octopus tentacles winding around the stairway get the imagination going, complete with a view of the mesmerising underwater world when you look up, thanks to a LED-ceiling screen at the main lobby. You half-expect Ursula, the sea witch from Little Mermaid, to suddenly pop up if you stare long enough!

The awe-inspiring stairway at Oversea Seafood.The awe-inspiring stairway at Oversea Seafood.

Even the opulent washrooms have been given the oceanic treatment, seen in the glimmering mosaic tiles and clam shell taps and basins!

I was obviously quite fascinated by the décor but I digress, as the main draw of this restaurant is its menu which redefines fresh with seafood the likes of fish, lobster, tiger prawns, oysters and abalone.

Of course, there’s also a diverse selection for those who are not keen on seafood.

The media review started with a delectable Braised Assorted Seafood Soup with Eight Treasures.

Freshest seafood from the tanks to the kitchen to the table.Freshest seafood from the tanks to the kitchen to the table.

Comforting with the natural sweetness of the seafood shining through, the soup was a superb forerunner to the following dishes that arrived in unison.

We had excellent seafood in the form of Streamed Turbot Fish with chilli and superior soy sauce, House Special Giant Freshwater Prawns, Indonesian Mud Crab with chilli with mini croissant, and Steamed Japanese Scallops with garlic and vermicelli.

It takes great skill to cook such a large fish and still have its flesh soft and luscious, while the prawns, huge and fresh – you can tell from the springy texture of the chunks of juicy meat – were cooked in the House Special sauce that is a dark savoury concoction which reminded me of kam heong style.

Indonesian Mud Crabs in sweet and sour gravy. — Photos: PATSY KAMIndonesian Mud Crabs in sweet and sour gravy. — Photos: PATSY KAM

But my personal favourites would have to be the Japanese scallops, the largest I’ve ever had before, made especially tasty with a simple garlic and chilli sauce, and the succulent flesh of the large crabs cooked in conventional sweet and sour gravy. Although, personally, I feel a traditional soft mantou would have served better to soak up the sauce rather than the buttery layered croissant.

There’s fried rice and then there’s Black Truffle Fried Rice with Japanese Scallop – this received high praises all around, indeed worthy of the calories.

You can’t miss the rich flavour that had depth and umami, and the ebiko on top provided added texture that popped with each mouthful. We also had Stir-Fried Mixed Vegetables to ensure we had our greens, and refreshing Chilled Citron Tea with Snow Fungus and Peach Gum.

Steamed French Turbot.Steamed French Turbot.

For those who prefer to dine away from the crowd, there are 28 private rooms in different designs for private functions, and you can request for karaoke and presentation screen equipment if so desired.

It’s been a hectic voyage for Oversea Seafood since it opened its doors end January, but diners can look forward to sailing on more exciting culinary adventures!

OVERSEA SEAFOOD KUALA LUMPUR

No.436, Jalan Tun Razak,

Kelab Golf di Raja Selangor,

Kuala Lumpur

010-303 2200

Business hours : Daily: 11.30am-3pm 6pm-10pm

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