*Must Try* Gastronomic Fresh Seafood Heaven – Welcome Seafood Restaurant (大茄来海鲜餐厅)
Welcome Seafood Restaurant Story
Welcome Seafood Restaurant started their first restaurant at Penampang at 2005 and opened their first branch at Kota Kinabalu Centre in merely 10 years later, had quickly earned tremendous popularity among the local and tourist seafood lovers, as well as rewarded a number of culinary recognitions over the years.
If you planning to enjoy dinner in Welcome Seafood Restaurant, be sure to get there as early as possible (around 5.30 pm) to avoid getting swarm by other tourists during their peak hours.
*The Welcome Seafood Restaurant is well known in serving fresh seafood at a relatively cheap price compared to other restaurants in Kota Kinabalu City.
Placing Order in Seafood Restaurant
In order to avoid being called “Jakun” (which we had learnt the lesson), at here we summarize the steps for placing seafood order in Welcome Seafood Restaurant.
- Choose a seat around the restaurant, and take the number plate on the table before proceed to the seafood counter
- Pick whichever seafood you need and tell the waiter how many pcs/grams you need (min 300gram)
- After picking the seafood, decide the cooking method with the waiter (from steam, fry, baked and etc)
- Lastly, also pick the vegetable dishes if you needed (the menu is stacked on the seafood counter as well)
- Head back to your seat to order the beverage with other waiters (they will approach with another menu)
- If you need extra spoon/plate/tissues/sauces there is a self-service counter nearby the entrance
- If you need to wash your hands after having a meal, there’s a washtub along the walking path (or ask the waiter about it)
*Things you didn’t see doesn’t mean that they don’t have it, like Sotong dish, you will only get to enjoy upon request.
Delicious Steamed Fresh Conch
For the appetizer dish in Welcome Seafood Restaurant, we ordered a plate of Steam Babylonia Shell (东风螺) RM16.00 which only can be found in East Malaysia.
The Babylonia Shell has a crab-leg alike scythe that you can pull the whole stuff out with toothpicks, the shell itself has a soft and gummy texture, tastes especially good while dipping with the fermented beancurd sauce (腐乳).
*Please do note that we do not eat the black swirl thingy (consists of innards and feces) at the end of the shell, so remember to remove it before you enjoy! 😉
Milky Wet Buttermilk Prawn
Welcome Seafood Restaurant has their own special recipe when dealing with fresh prawns, and so we took their advice and proceed with Wet Buttermilk Prawn RM45.00 happens to be one of our favorites.
The buttermilk prawn is scrumptious (fresh caught and cook), prawn itself is very juicy and tender, while the gravy tastes just like butter stir-fry with curry leaves, you will definitely suck all your fingers during the whole time! 😉
*Welcome Seafood Restaurant also recommend having the Dry Buttermilk Prawn, which is said to have equally good taste as well.
Crispy Salt & Pepper Squid
While having a meal in Welcome Seafood Restaurant, one hidden menu that you wouldn’t want to miss is their squid, especially the Salt & Pepper Squid RM18.00 serves as the popular flavor among all.
The squid itself is coating with a very thin crispy batter, tastes awesomely flavourful and juicy while keep chewing on it, feels very satisfying (due to its thick meat) and might be better than any “Taiwan Squid” snacks outlet out there.
Superior Kam Heong Crab
So here comes our main spotlight of the day, the superior XXL Kam Heong Crab RM70.00 (we choose ourselves) that weight almost 1kg and good to share between two persons.
The crab itself no doubt is fresh and has quite a thin shell (means the crab is well fed), the Kam Heong flavor that we choose tastes like the dried chili-curry, manage to dissipates any muddy leftover while provides a delicious spicy aroma to the crab.
*Don’t feel like having the gigantic crab? Welcome Seafood Restaurants also offer other sizes of crab which varies from M to XL.
Hot & Spicy Sweet Leaf
While you are in Sabah, be sure to enjoy one of their delectable local vegetable called “Sayur Manis” aka Sweet Leaf, we are lucky enough that the restaurant still have some available so we ordered a plate of Stir-fry Sweet Leaf in Belacan Sauce RM15.00
The sweet leaf itself has a soft and crunchy aftertaste, feels like having spinach but in way smaller sizes and firmer texture, taste very toothsome with a bit spicy and salty kick from the belacan sauce.
*If you are not into the spicy flavor, fret not, most people also love to enjoy sweet leaf with plain stir-fry eggs.
Location and Contact Details of Welcome Seafood Restaurant
Address: Lot G 18, Ground Floor, Kompleks Asia City, Phase 2A, Jalan Asia City, Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.
Contact: +6088 728 669
Open Hours: 12.00 pm – 12.00 am (Mon-Sun)