Jumbo has been around for a long time. From a seaside eatery that was an old favorite for taking your extended family out to dinner when you were lucky at the track or the lottery. The business model was renewed to be more contemporary and to take advantage of the considerable cache that the Jumbo name had with Japanese tourists.
The food at Jumbo is good. My review should in no way dissuade you from trying Jumbo out, especially if this is your first stab at seafood Singapore style. You will like the seafood at Jumbo. However for the jaded Singaporean palate, Jumbo's offerings may be pedestrian.
Definitely make a point to have the following selections:
1. Chili crab. Jumbo makes a solid representation of this iconic Singaporean crab dish.
2. Cuttlefish-stuffed Chinese Fritters. These are also a traditional menu selection at a Singaporean seafood dinner.
3. Mee Goreng. This Malay dish gone Chinois is another classic of Singaporean seafood dining. The prawns are crunchy and mixed with chili sauce, scallions and fishcakes....just good.
So, on your first visit to Singapore, going to Jumbo is not criminal. If however, on your subsequent visit or if you settle in Singapore, you will be expected to be able to carry on a cogent discussion about the merits of the Sri Lankan crab at Forture done with salted egg yolks versus the peppery allure of the crab at Eng Seng.
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