Date of review: December 1, 2016 | Reviewed by:
Unique Seafood is a very popular group-dining restaurant in suburban Kuala Lumpur. It has a large air-conditioned interior with a huge wall of tanks housing the abundant fresh seafood for which the restaurant is well regarded.
The interior, furnishings and decorations are not elaborate as it is the seafood that most patrons are here to enjoy. While the restaurant accommodates couples and small groups, group dining tables and menus for eight are more prevalent.
If it swims or lurks anywhere near water you can rest assured that it’s served in some manner or form at Unique Seafood. Add to this mix the various cooking styles for each seafood item and the menu has infinite possibilities.
Many dishes come in three plate sizes and couples or small groups will find small portions being more than adequate. In addition to lobster, fish, prawns and crabs there are also poultry, ostrich, geoduck, vegetables, rice and noodle dishes.
Signature dishes include fried Boston lobster with cheese and baked crab with salted egg yolk. The fried bitter gourd with salted egg yolk is a wonderful combination thanks to the richness of the egg with the bitterness of the vegetable.
The fried bean curd is soft and tender and served with tasty minced chicken meat in a brown sauce. The fried broccoli with scallop meanwhile are blanched to ensure tenderness and a melt-in-the-mouth sensation.
A novel way to savour the live tiger prawns is the salt and pepper style where the prawns are lightly floured and deep-fried to lock in their freshness.
A non-marine dish of steamed village chicken is prepared to ensure the meat remains tender and the addition of red dates gives the dish a tinge of sweetness.
Desserts include tasty renditions of some Chinese standards such as chilled honeydew with sago, chilled mango with sago and sweetened longan with sea coconut.
Unique Seafood has an independently operated retail wine outlet that provides diners with a very interesting selection of global wines, including several from lesser-seen wine regions such as Lebanon. Although it is not immediately evident to first-time patrons, staff point out interested wine drinkers in the direction of the retail shop. Apart from wine, there are also selections of beers, juices, Chinese teas and soft drinks.
The staff take a no-nonsense approach to serving and first-timers may be intimidated by the extensive menu where many items aren’t priced. Much of the fresh seafood is priced by weight and daily fluctuations in market prices mean that prices aren’t listed on the menu.
Staff can provide an indication but with imported seafood being expensive, the whole process can be a little challenging. Dishes are delivered to the table by a multitude of staff without any one member appearing as if they’re assigned to specific tables. The delivery and removing of dishes is done promptly and some staff are helpful in advising on the quantity to order.
Imported seafood is never cheap but it’s possible to dine here reasonably cheaply if high-ticket items such as lobster, crab and abalone are avoided.
Set menus (for 10 people) appear to be the best way to sample different seafood in the most economical fashion although couples and small groups can also have a rewarding meal here. It’s always best to ask the staff for the best value dishes.