KIM’S SINGAPORE SEAFOOD
An authentic Singaporean restaurant that serves some of the best crab
This cosy hole in the wall restaurant and bar is tucked away down the side of the Dubai Creek in Marsa Al Seef. The area is still fairly quiet but packs a lot of charm, with small lights brightening up pathways and the sandy stone walls flooding into view as we walk into the entrance of Kim’s. Congratulating ourselves for finding the venue so easily, we walk straight over to the bar for a pre-dinner beverage. Signature drinks infused with South East Asian flavours are poured and enjoyed as we soak in our casual yet chic surroundings, full of wonderful illustrations and neon art.
Having glimpsed at the menu already we know exactly what to order and arrive hungry. We start with the Golden Pumpkin Soup, which consists of shredded crab and juicy prawn meat in a delicious soup. Homemade chicken prawn rolls and barbecue sambal squid is next up and arrives soon after the hearty starter. The grilled squid is sizzling on a hot plate and covered in a slightly spicy sambal chilli paste. It looks incredible, but the taste is somewhat underwhelming and the texture is a little too chewy for our liking. Moving on we try the homemade rolls – minced chicken and prawns are mixed with water chestnuts, carrots, Singapore five spices and soy sauce. The squidgy meat rolls are much more enjoyable and go perfectly with the sweet chilli sauce. Delicious.
The main event, and the reason we are sitting here tonight, is the Black Pepper Crab. One of the most popular ways crab is served in Singapore and for good reason, too. Whole crab is cooked with black pepper, butter and shallots until a sticky black sauce is formed from the concoction. We put on Kim’s branded aprons and gloves and prepare for the messiness that’s about to commence. Tools at the ready, it’s time to get cracking. Getting into it is actually fun, in fact it’s the highlight of our evening. Cracking bits of shell and fishing out succulent lumps of crab meat and dipping it into the buttery sauce is taste sensation. We’ve got bits of the dish all over us, so maybe don’t order this if you’re on a first date. Oh, and make sure you get some mantou (read: fried buns). They’re sweet in taste, but the ideal and delicious way to mop up any excess sauce you may have leftover. Kim’s is a great spot, and demands your attention. It’s certainly worth a trip for the view of the glistening Dubai Creek alone. And the crabs, obviously.
Kim’s Singapore Seafood Where: Marsa Al Seef, umm hurair Contact: +9714 370 8288