Went to Mellben on 8th Nov 2013 arnd 830pm. not much ppl in line. We were served by a china male guy while waiting in line and he took our order. As we wanted a bigger chilli crab, he recommended us to take 2 smaller 800g crabs instead of 1 1kg crab. When we asked him how big was it, this was at a point he tried to smoke us. Cos basically there were sample sizes for the crabs on a chair nearby and he didnt bother to show us, didnt bother to reference us with his hands as example and just told us 2 800g crabs will b sufficient for us. So we ordered 2 800g crabs for chilli crabs n another 1kg for crab mee hoon and a seafood tofu.It was only after 10 mins another malaysian chinese staff came over to our table after we were seated and asked us if we can finish the 3 crabs as they were quite alot. So i asked her the same qn, which she then pointed and beckon me over to see how big the sample crabs were. I was stunned at first there were sample sizes close to where we were queueing but the china guy didnt bother to show us. His nonchalant heck care attitude and the fact he was trying to rip us off goes to show how irresponsible he was and just wanted to take us for carrotheads. So we changed our order to 2 1 kg crabs, one for chilli and one for crab mee hoon. Overall, waiting time was long abt 30 mins despite it was getting late and not much of a queue.
Tasted okay in summary, the crab mee hoon was cooked with black pepper sauce, mee hoon was dry type and crabmeat was not really seasoned with pinch of dryness. Chilli crab not really fantastic. Seafood tofu was nt bad. For the price of $140 paid for 2 ppl, considered quite exp.Uncle leong which has moved to toa payoh tech park still has better crabs despite both being coffeeshops, mellben just charges more for its posh setting. If u guys are planning to try out Melben, try to have a staff other than china prc to serve you, cos ultimately end of day, i wont trust them at all based on this lousy experience i had with them. Never ask china prc to recommend cos they will definitely rip you off instead of being concerned whether u can finish the crabs itself.
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