Lunch at the new Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard restaurant

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Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard is the Jumbo Restaurant Group’s new restaurant in Singapore. It is located on level 4, the highest of the shopping levels. Level 4 of the Ion Orchard now has a concentration of major Chinese restaurant names. Putien, Imperial Treasure Steamboat and Taste Paradise are on the same floor. Imperial Treasure Teochew restaurant is just one floor below. We had a dim sum and seafood lunch at the new Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard restaurant.

Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard - new restaurant
Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard

The Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard Restaurant is housed in the circular part of the Ion Orchard Mall.  The metal and glass on one side of the restaurant give it a modern look.  Diners along the window enjoy a view that looks out at the junction of Orchard Road and Scotts Road. Given that the restaurant had opened for only about a week, it was not unexpected that it was full at lunch time. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends. There are a few private dining rooms.


In keeping with its reputation as a top seafood restaurant in Singapore, the entrance to Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard is lined with a wall of tanks containing live crabs and other crustaceans.   Displays of bottles of wine in Chinese restaurants are de rigueur these days.

Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard Menu

Here are pictures of some pages from the Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard Menu. As expected, seafood items are the stars in this menu. But there are other cooked food items.  A short dim sum menu is available at lunch time. The Sri Lanka mud crabs cost $8.80 per 100g and can be prepared in a number of ways, including the award winning chili crab. We did not have crab that day. Instead we tried a few seafood items and some dim sum dishes. You can read about our dinner at Jumbo (Dempsey outlet) where we tried the chili crab and black pepper crab here.

Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard Dim Dum Menu

Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard a la carte menu

Seafood items

The bamboo clams ($12.80 each) were very good. The clams were cooked just right and tasted delicious with the minced garlic and broth. The vermicelli soaked up all the combined taste. 

We ordered the King Prawns Fragrant Rice in Seafood Broth (picture below, $38) partly because of the beautiful picture in the menu. The real thing looked nowhere like the picture. Fortunately, it tasted fine. The soup was rich and there were a number large prawns in it. The portion is large enough to serve three or four people.  It is a good dish to end a seafood meal.

Taking a break from seafood, we tried the Spinach Skin Beancurd with Crabmeat ($22).  It was a tasty dish. There was quite a lot of crabmeat covering the beancurd, but they did not have much taste. Thankfully the beancurd was able to stand on its own.

Dim Sum at Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard

We tried a few dim sum items at Jumbo Ion. We can say that the quality was above average.  Special mention has to be made for the fluffy steamed BBQ pork buns (char siew bao $5.80) and the smooth rice rolls with prawn ($6.20). We will be happy to return just for a dim sum lunch without any seafood.

Overall, it was a positive experience at the newly opened Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard. The food and place lived up to our expectations. If only the service was more proactive. Eating crustaceans with shells and gravy can be messy business. The whole table can get unsightly when the affected plates are allowed to pile up.

Ratings:
Food: 4
Service: 3
Value: 3
Atmosphere: 4
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs 4 tops

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Jumbo Seafood Ion Orchard 
2 Orchard Turn
#04-09/10
ION Orchard
Singapore 238801 Map

Opening Hours: 11:30am-3:30pm, 5:30-10:30pm

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