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91 Defu Lane 10,
Swee Hin Building
Singapore
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Telephone: 6487-2429
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The Seafood Paradise at Defu Lane had humble beginnings as a 25-seater zi char stall in 2002 when young and enterprising Eldwin Chua started offering a menu of well-executed original dishes to entice diners to an admittedly out of the way location.

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  1. RichardDTan
     109
       
     27 May 2010 at 8:34 pm

    Two grouses about this outlet.

    1. Part of it is under renovation, so expect some noise even during dinner time, and some unpleasant chemical odours which wafted out while we were there.

    Waitress told us hot drinks such as Chinese tea not available due to renovation. Served iced water from a ice cooler (disgusting!).

    2. Was overcharged on crab by quite a lot. Asked waitress the weight of the crab, told it was about one kilogram. Crab which appeared on the table was about half that size. Queried the waitress but she insisted it was one kilo even when confronted by the crab shell still sitting on the table. If you haven't seen a one kilo crab before, you're likely to face the same situation.

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    1. The Hungry Bunny
       57
       14 Mar 2010 at 7:54 pm

      Ordinary Seafood That's Not Worth The Distance & THE MORE THAN ONE HOUR WAIT

      We made reservations for 8.30pm in the air-conditioned area at the Defu Lane branch. We got there at 8.20pm, and they informed us that the only available tables were in the non-air conditioned area. We're not too fussy, so we obliged. After taking our orders, it was a ONE AND A QUARTER HOUR WAIT before the food arrived. We were only there at 8.30pm, which is arguably past the dinner peak hour, many diners had left (there were quite a number of empty tables) and yet it took MORE THAN AN HOUR for the food to arrive. It was a normal Saturday night with the usual Saturday dinner crowd, it wasn't during the CNY period or any special occasion which resulted in an unexpected load. The restaurant has been around for ages, so there is no good reason why they do not have the capacity to serve such a normal Saturday dinner crowd. Such a horrendously long wait bordered on physical abuse. The manager (who took our order) should have informed us prior to taking our order that there was a waiting time of more than an hour. I hate it when people waste my time, I hate queues, I hate waiting, and that's one and a quarter of an hour of my life that I'm never seeing again.

      The funny thing about this seafood establishment is that the star dishes were not their seafood dishes, although they are arguably somewhat seafood-based. Ironically, it's those dishes (ee-fu noodles and homemade beancurd) that stood out, which I could probably have ordered at their Paradise Inn and/or Taste Paradise outlets (which are a lot more centralised than this far-flung industrial factory location).

      1) Chili Crabs ($40 per kg), which was sweetish, eggy and starchy. This wasn't very spicy, and it wasn't spectacular

      2) Fried Buns ($0.50 per bun), which wasn't fresh out of the fryer. It wasn't crispy or hot enough, most likely because it had been standing in the open for a while.

      3) Black Pepper Crabs ($40 per kg), which was garlicky, slightly sweet and deceptively spicy. This was better than the Chili Crabs but definitely not the best I've tried

      4) Steamed Star Grouper Hkg-Style ($7 per 100g). This was fresh and firm. The light soy steaming sauce complemented the delicate sweetness of the fish. We learnt that grouper has a firmer texture compared to seabass and marble goby, so it's probably better deep-fried rather than steamed.

      5) Homemade Beancurd with Seafood in Claypot ($12 for a small portion), which was a stellar dish. The beancurd was impossibly smooth and delicate, the oyster-sauce based gravy was lusciously rich and the seafood (diced prawns and sea cucumber) was plentiful.

      6) Ee-Fu Noodles with Crabmeat ($10 for a small portion), which was equally amazing. The smooth noodles were braised with a flavourful rich stock, and the egg-drop and shredded fresh crabmeat gravy was perfection. The best ee-fu noodles I've ever tried, hands down. Read more about it at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com

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      1. feizhu
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         05 Oct 2008 at 11:00 pm
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        Had dinner at Seafood Paradise @ Defu, the original and mass market seafood offering from Paradise Group, which has another outlet bearing the same name at the Singapore Flyer and also runs the excellent fine dining restaurant, Taste Paradise ,at Mosque Street. This wildly popular restaurant started out as a humble 25 seater cze char stall in 2002 and has since expanded its premises to accommodate more then 200 people, which is by no means a small feat.

        Hidden within the Defu industrial estate, Seafood Paradise @ Defu isn't exactly located at the most convenient of places and people who are unfamiliar with the area might have quite a bit of difficulty trying to get there. The restaurant offers both alfresco and air conditioned dining and please be warned that turning up without reservations at prime time slots like 7pm to 830pm would probably leave you without a table.

        Wasabi Prawns - A signature dish of Seafood Paradise, the wasabi prawns certainly lived up to its hype in my humble opinion. The prawns were fresh and huge with a nice crunchy texture beneath its slightly crispy exterior. Topped with sweet mango slices, pine nuts and dragon fruit seeds, I did think that the wasabi was a tad strong this time round, giving me a minor headache. But all in all a very good eat.

        Homemade Beancurd in Seafood Sauce - The small serving of beancurd was quite a size (for 3-4 pax) and came across as silkily smooth with a very faint hint of the smokey aftertaste that I personally like. The generous meat floss atop gave it a nice sweet bearing while the savoury gravy had cubes of prawns, sea cucumber and squid. Very satisfying, to me at least.

        Egg White and Scallop on Broccoli - I thought that this simple vegetable dish was very well executed with the broccoli not too soft from overcooking while the gravy had a very nice savoury taste. The scallops weren't overcooked as well and the egg white was plentiful sans the raw and mildy nauseating aftertaste that plague most such dishes. Probably the only fault I can find with this dish is the excessive oil in it, which would probably scare off the more health conscious folks.

        Whole Ribs in Honey Pepper Sauce - Another signature dish of Seafood Paradise, the ribs were well seasoned without being the meat being too hard and carried with it a light sweetness from the honey with a placid pepperish undertone. But some might find it a tad too sweet for their liking, ie, my gf.

        A dinner that costs close to $70 for 2 pax isn't what I would call cheap but I cannot deny the quality of food that Seafood Paradise offers. Just for the record, we had to doggy bag most of the ribs (3 out of 4 pieces) as both of us were too stuffed to eat anymore. Service was excellent as well although they could have been a little more organised in the reservations. People waiting up to 30 mins for a table even with reservations is definitely a big no no.

        See all my pictures here.

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        1. Bobo
          Bobo said:
          wah sounds good. esp the wasabi prawn.. mmm
          05 Oct 2008 at 11:45 pm
        2. feizhu
          feizhu said:
          yea its not bad. Should try!
          06 Oct 2008 at 10:14 am
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