I never knew there was a good seafood restaurant just a stone’s throw away from my house! In fact, they have been there for ten years and have recently gone through a rebranding, now known as Joyden Seafood. I would say this is really one of the best-kept secrets located in the west!
Westies/ Westerners will find the structure below familiar. It is the West Coast Recreation Centre, which is located adjacent to the Clementi stadium. Did you know that there is a seafood restaurant within the carpark?
Not only has the restaurant been spruced up nicely, the menu has also gone through a comprehensive revamp while retaining traditional techniques of preparation by their team of experienced chefs.
The restaurant aims to reach out to more corporate clients and younger well-travelled customers with this change.
We were being hosted at the Osmanthus Room. There are seven private rooms, three of which can be combined to form one big room.
This was our menu for the night. It features the chef’s recommendations and some of the more popular dishes.
We started with homemade achar as the appetiser. This was very addictive and disappeared from the table in a puff!
The first dish was the Signature Cereal Prawns ($22). There was about eight tiger prawns. They were huge! And the cereal was a good mix of salty, sweet and spicy, with kaffir leaves, chilli padi and a smattering of curry powder.
The next dish was the Lobster with Glutinous Treasure Rice, going for $128/kg. Our lobster here weighed between 800g to 1kg. The glutinous rice was very fragrant! With dried shrimps, shallots, Chinese sausage and scallions. What I liked about this was that there was no overpowering mushroom taste which I usually associate with glutinous rice.
Here is their Signature Imperial Oyster Sauce Chicken ($28). I am a more roasted/ fried chicken kind of person, but I have to admit that a lot of effort had gone into this whole chicken. It is first stuffed with chives and garlic cloves before it is roasted and then braised for three hours.
The end result is extremely tender meat. Also, the flavour has been deeply infused into the chicken.
Following that was the Lemongrass Pork Ribs in Crispy Yam Ring ($25). This used to be a very popular dish at Chinese weddings, but usually with seafood. Joyden has put a different spin on this dish by having pork ribs that have been sauteed with fragrant lemongrass, ginger flower, chilli, Chinese wine and molasses.
Same thing for the chicken, I am quite particular about preparation methods about fresh fish. I believe the best way to savour them is to steam them, rather than fry. This live soon hock had been deep fried in superior soy sauce with scallions. It was tasty, but did not live up to its fullest potential.
We were treated with some fresh apple juice with sour plum ($4.50) before the final dish, which is the Signature Creamy Crab. The market rate is $59/kg. If cream sauce is not for you, you can try their chilli or black pepper crab, or for those looking for comfort food, the vermicilli braised with ginger and spring onion.
The first thing I did was to grab a bowl and fill it with the sauce to dunk my mantou in!
And all good things must come to an end :(.
We had the sago and pomelo in mango puree ($5). For me this was the only disappointing part of the meal. The puree was very diluted.
And before I forget! Apparently their dim sum is very sought after. It is only available between 11.30am to 2.30pm (or until it is sold out), including weekends. The chef is from Guangzhou and all items are handmade.
Joyden Seafood Restaurant
12 West Coast Walk #01-11
West Coast Recreation Centre
Tel: 6779 5355
Opens daily from 1130-1430hrs and 1730-2200hrs.