Not everybody has the luxury to have lobster for dinner. These shell covered creatures don’t come cheap and is definitely on a different par with other shelled seafood. So, we’re helping get a taste of luxury for less. You get now get affordable price with a 500g lobster, thermistor to perfection at Oriental Seafood, Penang.
Oriental Seafood located near the roundabout at Gurney Drive, opposite the hawker centre, Oriental Seafood offers both indoor and outdoor dining. Since this deal is at night, it’s quite nice to dine outside. It’s not at all warm but if you don’t enjoy the 28 degree Celsius outside, head indoors and enjoy the luxury of air conditioning.
If you’ve lived in Penang for quite some time, you’ll probably notice the moving neon sign lobster from the Gurney Drive roundabout. This seafood restaurant has been operating since 1980 and continues to thrive in the competitive seafood business. The chef has more than 30 years worth of experience in cooking the treasures of the sea.
To get to the restaurant, you’ll have to walk the wooden planked bridge. The entrance of the restaurant features tanks and tanks of live seafood in all shapes, sizes and colors and a display of other ingredients possibly used in their dishes. The restaurant is built on wooden stilts, somewhere along Gurney’s beach and has bright colorful twinkling lights around it. The restaurant is also decorated with bright red lanterns on the ceilings.
This time we had the chance to taste two types of lobster thermistors. There’s the cheese baked one and the other one is lobster in a fruit salad mix. Let’s begin with the cheese baked one. This would a haven for cheese lovers. The cheese was gently browned, not stiff, hard or eraser-like at all but nice and creamy.
It would easily give way once you run a spoon through it. The cheese is on the savory side but had this wonderful milky taste to it. The lobster itself absorbed the flavors of the cheese.
The meaty chunks of lobster were smeared in creamy cheese and bits of onions with gave it a pleasant fragrance (only if you like onions, that is).
The other option is the lobster thermistor in fruit salad. The chunky lobster meat (much chunkier than the cheese one) was drenched in salad dressing and chunks of fruit, mostly melons such as honey dew and watermelon.
Yes, we know, we don’t usually get watermelons in fruit salads but it did not taste particularly bad. Just a different take on a fruit salad, that’s all. We still enjoyed the juiciness of the fruits although we found this particular lobster meat to be more firm than the one before. Maybe it was overcooked, we don’t know.
These lobsters are flown in from Indonesia, frozen. So, don’t be expecting the ones from the tanks, those will definitely cost more. For the deal, we have to say that it’s cheap, even if it’s from frozen lobsters. However, if you’d want us to recommend one, we would say go for the cheese baked one unless you’re lactose intolerant or absolutely can’t stand the smell of cheese or onions.
42, Gurney Drive (Seaside), 10470, Penang
TEL: 04-8904500 OR visit the website for detail at: http://www.oriental-seafood.com/