Roland Restaurant – creator of chilli crab

Roland Restaurant Chilli Crab

There was much indignation when a Malaysian minister said that chilli crab was one of several Malaysian dishes that had been wrongly credited to other countries. In Singapore, it is generally accepted that the creator of chilli crab is a Mdm Cher Yam Tian, although her version did not have eggs and sambal in the recipe.

Roland Restaurant - creator of chilli crab

Roland Restaurant, operated by the son of Mdm Cher, says it is the Founder of Chilli Crab. According to its website Mr. Lim Choon Ngee & Mdm Cher Yam Tian started their seafood restaurant along the Kallang River and later relocated to Bedok Beach (before the reclamation of land, now the ECP) along Upper East Coast Road. Their specialities included their own creation, the Chilli Crab accompanied by crusty French loaf for dipping into the sauce. Dr Leslie Tay gives an excellent account of the history of chilli crab and Roland Restaurant in his article Roland Restaurant: History of Chilli Crabs, this is as Singaporean as it gets!

Roland Restaurant - creator of chilli crab

Roland Restaurant is located on the top level of a public multi-storey carpark in Marine Parade. It looks like a typical Singapore seafood restaurant, complete with fish tanks. It is huge and can accommodate up to 1,100, which makes it a suitable venue for big wedding dinners and grassroots organisation events.

Roland Restaurant - creator of chilli crab

Menu of Roland Restaurant

Roland Restaurants sells more than just chilli crab and seafood. Cantonese dishes and dim sum are also on its menu. On weekends, push cart dim sum is available. Various set menus and menus for special occasions can be found on their website. Here are photos of a few random pages of the a la carte menu of Roland Restaurant.

Roland Restaurant - Menu

Roland Restaurant - a la carte Menu

Roland Restaurant - a la carte Menu

Roland Restaurant - Menu

Dinner at Roland Restaurant

We had dinner at Roland Restaurant recently and ordered a variety of seafood and meat dishes.

Roland Restaurant at Marine Parade

The pork ribs and deep fried crispy prawns with salad were excellent. The pork was nicely glazed and tender. The prawns salad had a good combination of textures and the dish was appetizing and refreshing.

Roland Restaurant at Marine Parade

Roland Restaurant Seafood

The fried fish looked impressive but it was a case of the taste not matching the look. The bean curd dish had a good balance of flavours and was palatable.

Roland Restaurant

Roland Restaurant’s chilli crab

Roland Restaurant Chilli Crab

The main event was of course the chilli crab. The sauce looked a little different from the chilli crab sauce usually found in most other Singapore seafood restaurants. It was more red than orangey. The taste of the sauce was mild, a little spicy and just slightly sweet yet savoury. The sauce complemented the sweetness of the crab meat rather than overpowering it. Roland Restaurant’s chilli crab was one of the best versions of chilli crab we had tried in Singapore.

Roland Restaurant - Creator of Chilli Crab

Roland Restaurant is a good place for a nice meal with family and friends and especially suitable for big group gatherings. Moderate your expectations with regard to ambience and service and it would be easy to enjoy the food there. Roland Restaurant’s chilli crab is good. Of course we know that the same food even prepared with the same recipe can be loved by one person and disliked by another – so Roland’s version may not be better than the version in your current favourite seafood restaurant. However, if you are chilli crab fan, you should try Roland Restaurant’s chilli crab – after all, it is the version of the creator of chilli crab.

Roland Restaurant - creator of Singapore's famous chilli crab

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 2
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs   3 Tops

 

Roland Restaurant
Block 89, Marine Parade Central, # 06 – 750
Singapore 440089

Tel: +65 6440 8205

Opening Hours :
Weekdays – Monday to Saturday
Lunch : 11:30 am to 2:30 pm (Last order at 2:15pm)
Dinner : 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (Last order at 10:15pm)

Sundays & Public Holidays :
Lunch : 11:00 am to 2:30 pm (Last order at 2:15pm)
Dinner : 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm (Last order at 10:15pm)

www.rolandrestaurant.com.sg

 

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