When netizens posted photos about the massive Seafood Platter by Tambun Hai Restaurant (一品鲜), it took the breath away from me. The place was made famous due to its gigantic Seafood Platter that can literally serve up to 12 diners at one go. When it was first opened in June 2017, the place was flooded with adventurous gourmands waiting eagerly to dig in the tower of crustaceans; we made an attempt to visit but to no avail. 3 months later, we decided to try our luck again but it seems like the hype has faded and the place was less than half-occupied. For the uninitiated, the restaurant is known to serve Hot Pot fully covered with Seafood and the much-elaborated crustacean feast; but do not expect things to be cheap here. The cheapest set you can get is Rm 118, without additional add-ons, it is unlikely to be a tummy-filling meal. But let's forget about the price, the taste did not shine either, it was more for the novelty in lieu of absolute taste.
Signature Seafood Platter (Rm 118/ serves 2 pax)
Deep Fried Prawn Cakes (Rm 10/ small)
Kerabu (Rm 15/ small)
Deep Fried Chicken Wings (Rm 10/ small)
There are 4 types of Soup bases available for the Hot Pot, we opted for the Thai-styled Sour Soup. The soup was veering towards the sweeter side and lacked the sour touch. Generous serving of Clams but the Prawns were not as fresh as we would have hoped; the flavor combo did not really hit us and in fact, it was monotonous towards the end- everything tasted the same and the seafood sweetness was muted.
To share, we had the Deep Fried Prawn Cakes, 3 gigantic pieces of Deep Fried Prawn Cakes served with Thai-styled Chili dip. The overall texture was good- crisp edges with bouncy filling but the Prawn element did not stand out. It was as if we were having some random deep fried delights. But it was not as disappointed as the Kerabu. We expected the Kerabu to be in... real Kerabu- crunchy greens dressed in sweet and sour dressing but no; it was a plate of under-cooked Glass Noodles served with Prawns (with shells) and heaps of chopped Chilies. It was basically tasteless with a sharp spiciness.
Taste: 6/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Price: 6/10 (1-3 expensive, 4-7 average, 8-10 cheap)
Parking: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Ambiance: 7/10 (1-3 bad, 4-7 average, 8-10 good)
Service Charge: No
Government Tax: Yes 6%
Address: 1780, 1781 & 1782, Jalan Bukit Tambun, Bukit Tambun, 14100, Simpang Ampat, Penang.
Business Hours: 5 pm to 10 pm. Opens Daily.
Contact Number: 6019- 431 0999