Our arrival was greeted by my decade long, local foodie guru good 'ex-chowhounder' friend, Fourseasons and his wife. Taking us to a water-front seafood restaurant ' Palm Beach ' next to ' MerLion ' for dinner, the combination of spectacular view, wonderful, sumptuous seafood and great company created an utterly unforgettable first day!
Under the expert guidance of Fourseasons, the mainly seafood based, local themed dishes he ordered were all wonderful, exotic and delicious.
Our favorite was the sweet, sticky glazed, super-crispy fried baby squid. Resembling the Shanghainese fried crispy eel, the squids were so good, my wife was still raving about them after we arrived back in Hong Kong! Very addictive!
Next came the iconic Chili Crab! The giant Sri Lankan crab, with claws the size of our large Canadian East Coast Lobster, was covered by a huge pool of sweet, slightly tangy and spicy, tomato based sauce. If there is a reference candidate for ' finger-licking-good ' food, this dish must be way up there!
My favorite of the night was the umami filled poached live sea prawns in a mild Chinese herbal, wine and ' Don Guai ' broth. The sweet, crunchy and pristine fresh crustaceans were super-delightful.
After the sumptuous and tasty meal, we all decided to take a long walk around the promenade, not only to enjoy the view but also, to work off all those calories!!
Thanks to our generous host, a great first day!!
Crispy fried baby squid - so good and addictive!
Tasty but a bit too spicy
Wow! What a lovely dish of pristine fresh sea prawns in Chinese herbal broth!
The Iconic Singapore Chili Crab!! What a monster! and a tasty one at that!
Satays with both regular peanut dip as well as pineapple dip
Fried seafood Malaysian style noodles
Gorgeous skyline at night!
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