83 Seafood Restaurant (83 海鲜餐館)

I was brought to this cze char place a few years ago by Glen. Then they were known as 82 Seafood. This cze char is famous for their crab bee hoon (I posted a picture on 6th Dec 2012), shark’s mouth (not available that night but I want to go back and do a post on it) and deep-fried pork trotters. Their steamed dishes like fish and mussels (garlicky HK style) are also very popular.

MacPherson Lane, one of the very old HDB (public housing) neighbourhood surrounded by industrial estates in Singapore.

MacPherson Lane, one of the very old HDB (public housing) neighbourhood surrounded by industrial estates in Singapore.

The common corridors of these old flats are no longer in the new designs of modern HDB flats. Most of the HDB are BTOs (built to order) and only face a few immediate neighbours.

The common corridors of these old flats are no longer in the new designs of modern HDB flats. Most of the HDB are BTOs (built to order) and only face a few immediate neighbours.

The open air "al fresco" dining experience at 83 Seafood Restaurant located in a Kopitiam (coffee shop).

The open air “al fresco” dining experience at 83 Seafood Restaurant located in a Kopitiam (coffee shop).

Used to be called 82 Seafood as this stall is located inside Block 82 Kopitiam but somehow the name has been changed to 83 Seafood Restaurant.

Used to be called 82 Seafood as this stall is located inside Block 82 Kopitiam but somehow the name has been changed to 83 Seafood Restaurant.

The restaurant has been awarded for their fine culinary skill specialising in live seafood.

The restaurant has been awarded for their fine culinary skill specialising in live seafood.

These are the common dipping sauces you will get when eating cze char cuisine. The one with lime is sambal belachan, red cut chilli/chillipadi with light soy and pickled green chillies with light soy.

These are the common dipping sauces you will get when eating cze char cuisine. The one with lime is sambal belachan, red cut chilli/chillipadi with light soy and pickled green chillies with light soy.

Garlic Steamed Mussels - S$15

Garlic Steamed Mussels – S$15

Mussels in Asia are usually smaller in size. The texture is more slippery smooth than the bigger version we get from Australia.

Mussels in Asia are usually smaller in size. The texture is more slippery smooth than the bigger version we get from Australia.

Fried Crab Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli). Our crab was around 1 kg and the dish cost us S$52.50

Fried Crab Bee Hoon (rice vermicelli).
Our crab was around 1 kg and the dish cost us S$52.50

Sri Lankan crabs are usually used for this dish as the meaty flesh of these crustaceans are firmer and sweeter.  The texture of the bee hoon was QQ (springy) and not soggy even though the sweetness of the ocean fresh crab did infused thoroughly into the strands.

Sri Lankan crabs are usually used for this dish as the meaty flesh of these crustaceans are firmer and sweeter.
The texture of the bee hoon was QQ (springy) and not soggy even though the sweetness of the ocean fresh crab did infused thoroughly into the strands.

Prawn Paste Deep-fried Chicken Wings - S$9 Also known as Har Cheong Gai (HCG).

Prawn Paste Deep-fried Chicken Wings – S$9
Also known as Har Cheong Gai (HCG).

Crunchy bites that went well with ice cold beer we had that night. The salty smooth prawn paste used to marinate the HCG should not be confused with the shrimp paste used for sambal and curry bases or the thick sticky gooey prawn paste used to make rojak (Asian fruit salad).

Crunchy bites that went well with ice cold beer we had that night.
The salty smooth pinkish grey prawn paste used to marinate the HCG should not be confused with the block shrimp paste used for sambal and curry bases or the thick sticky gooey black prawn paste used to make rojak (Asian fruit salad).

The chicken was finger licking good!

The chicken was finger licking good!

May is one of the best makan kaki (partner in eating) I have. She eats almost anything and enjoys food as much as I do.

May is one of the best makan kaki (partner in eating) I have. She eats almost anything and enjoys food as much as I do.

Our bill - S$77.40 not inclusive of beverages.

Our bill – S$77.40 not inclusive of beverages.

They serve Sri Lankan Crabs and that accounted for the gigantic claws and meaty firm sweet flesh. There are a variety of cooking method for the crustaceans which includes black pepper, chilli, kam heong, and steamed to name a few.

To me, eating here is like having restaurant food at kopitiam prices. Food is so much better than, can I say? I do not wish to be rude or mean but they are really better than eating at Jumbo Seafood Restaurant for price and taste comparison’s sake. This is just my opinion (I’m not a food critic).

I have been to 83 Seafood several times and they have never failed me. The price is fair, service is fast and food excellent!

P.S. The lady selling beer and stout was also very nice. We were still eating when she got off her shift. She came over, refilled our beer and said she’s off work and wished us good night. Awwwwwwwww! So sweet 😀

83 Seafood Restaurant
Block 82, #01-01,
Macpherson Lane.
Singapore 360082.
Tel: +65 90101922 (Chan) / +65 83584282 (Ah Ming)

Operating hours: Daily 2.30pm – 11.30pm

Specialty: Crab Bee Hoon (live Sri Lankan Crab with fragrant bee hoon), Pork Knuckle (both the fried and stewed versions are yummy, not greasy), Shark’s Mouth (call in advance to check), Nonya Style Fish Head, Garlic Steamed Mussels and Fried Mee Sua.

Happy eating 😀

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16 Responses to “83 Seafood Restaurant (83 海鲜餐館)”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    This food looks delicious! Good quality food at good prices is the name of the game.

    • Sam Han says:

      I love eating there but seldom get a chance as it is quite “off” my friends radar and it would not be enjoyable if I go alone. However, I just learnt from Iris about msg overload the night she went. I must go again to verify (excuse to eat the trotters) 😉

  2. Ahhh I want that crab dish and beehoon!

  3. Iris says:

    I was there this evening. Food was tasty but think they overloaded the MSG today. Came back and downed a glass of milk.

    • Sam Han says:

      Oh, that’s bad, Iris! Sorry to hear that. So far I haven’t had any msg attack. I usually get a bad headache when cooks overload them. Was it the coke or beer I had on those ocassions or was it that one night you went. I must remember to let them know the next time I go about this (msg).

      • Iris says:

        Was quite excited to go cos I love mussels and har cheong kai. I suspect the msg was in the mussel sauce. I specially told him low salt and no msg. So although the food was very nice, will be difficult to persuade the hubby to go again. Too bad as I wanted to try the crab bee hoon! 😥

      • Sam Han says:

        Oh no, the sauce that goes into the Shark’s Mouth dish is the same. That was superb! Hmmm… have you tried Sin Huat Eating House at Geylang’s Crab Bee Hoon before? The chef, order taker and owner is the same person. Have to wait a long time. He’s a little weird. It’s pricey but it’s good. Can’t vouch about the msg though (you know hawkers, they will add it through “chicken powder”).

      • Iris says:

        I have heard a lot about Sin Huat. But don’t think will ever get to go. My hubby isn’t a foodie like me. He hates waiting for food. So that is a very distant dream la!

      • Sam Han says:

        Hahaha, same as my hub, non foodie. When he eats prata, he has to squeeze them with tissue! I think he thinks the best way to eat is pop a pill and get full. That’s why after 20 odd years, I gave up and find my own makan kakis, lol…

  4. u punya best makan kaki lah…
    am’i correct Sam ???
    btw, are you sure you eall all of those menus…
    damn, i’ve had srilankan crab (2,3 kg) before, it’s make me a little bit “crab-y drunk”

  5. dtong1068 says:

    Judging from the picture of the two of you, I can tell who pick up the bill,,,,,,haha, DT

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