Having passed Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant many times and seeing so many celebrity photos and endorsements on its walls, we finally went to check it out to satisfy my curiosity!
The service is not great. I got dissed trying to change tables because they initially sat us at the back, near the wall with lizards constantly invading our personal space. The wait is also incredibly long; we waited about 45 minutes for our first dish to be served. I guess they can afford the far-from-ideal service time, thanks to their good publicity over the years.
Thankfully, the food was worth the wait. We tried their signature dish – Sambal Balachan Fried Fish. This is quite a killer combo of fried and spice kick in my taste buds on the first bite. Fish was crunchy with every bite! However, tip is to order a fish for 2, to share for 3 people or more. Two of us “jelat” after 80% of the fish as the dish is really oily and rich tasting.
The other dishes were good as well. We had the Mee Goreng, Fried Vegetables with Fish and Tofu with Crab Meat. But the servings are smaller than the regular “small” at Tzechar stores.
The Sambal Balachan fish was good to try once, but I wouldn’t wait so long for the regular dishes that are also smaller in portions. For regular Tzechar dishes, I would still prefer Keng Eng Kee at Alexander Village, which serves their food in 10 minutes max.
Lai Huat Seafood Restaurant
Address: 72 Horne Road
Operating Hours: Mon-Sun: 17:00 – 01:00