Restoran Tian Lai – One of the Best Seafood Restaurants in Gelang Patah

Restoran Tian Lai

[JOHOR BAHRU, MALAYSIA] Looking for a good seafood restaurant near Second Link? Restoran Tian Lai (天来海鲜) is a good option. A friend of mine drove us here for lunch and he was raving non-stop about the Kam Heong Crabs.

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The restaurant offers a wide range of seafood dishes cooked in different ways. Crab dishes are the restaurant’s signature and I’ll definitely recommend Restoran Tian Lai to those who love fresh and delicious crabs. If you’re craving for fresh crabs in a creamy and spicy sauce, then the Salted Egg Crabs is a safe bet. The juicy crab meat was chunky and sweet, and literally finger-licking good.

I highly recommend the Kam Heong Crabs as we can’t really find this dish in Singapore. Made with good quality dried shrimps and aromatic curry powder,  the elaborate dish was really tasty and addictive. You can also taste the freshness and sweetness of the crab meat. Initially, I thought it was black pepper crab. I took a bite and was wowed by the combination of spicy, savoury and sweet notes. I couldn’t resist scooping the sauce onto my rice.

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The curry pork ribs (RM15) is another popular dish in the restaurant. The curry was thick and fragrant, rich and robust, and was somewhat similar to rendang. It wasn’t too spicy and the meat was fork tender.

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You probably think we had a table of 10 after looking at the photos. But actually, there were only 4 hungry people. To complement the dishes, we also ordered Otak (RM12), Stir Fried Eggs with Bittergourd (RM 8) and Marmite Chicken (RM 10). The steamed otak had a slightly creamy texture and chunks of fish. The Marmite Chicken appeared all dressed in a sticky and beautiful glaze.

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You won’t go wrong with the Mee Goreng. I am not a big fan of Mee Goreng (RM 9) to be honest, but the version here was stir-fried till perfection and served with bean curd, bean sprouts etc. It was super filling! The San Lou Bee Hoon (RM 9), which was topped with lots of ingredients, was slightly charred, and was armed with a strong wok hei,

Restoran Tian Lai is one of the best seafood restaurants in Gelang Patah. There isn’t much of a view here, unlike at Todak Seafood Restaurant, but the prices here are pretty affordable, and the restaurant is very near Singapore.

Address: 158 Jalan Leong Bee, Gelang Patah 81550, Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia

Phone: +60 7-510 1521

Opening Hours: 12pm to 11pm, closed on alternate Mondays

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