well, once again thanks for sharing review via virtualtourist show me the best food in town. The Mersing Seafood Restaurant at Mersing Johor.
this dinner trip bring me extrodinary suprise welcome for me. using the GPS found the Mersing Seafood Restaurant. a very typical simple chinese restaurant looks like every where else. the first move walk into the restaurant during 5.30pm. my nose seem like resist to take a smooth breath. a strong smell like salt fish or may be for many years the dining place to not wash at all. the smell horrible. well it do not stop me try the best food still.
sitting there i order a bottle of beer to cool me from hot weather. then i starting order "ginger fish", "drunken prawn claypot",and a pot of "chinese mix vegetable soup"
everything going smooth except i still smell the bad smell inside Mersing Seafood Restaorant.
finally the food served with acceptable pace. this 3 dishes put on the table, me and my girlfriend are very enthusiastic to try out best food in mersing town.
the "ginger fish" not fresh even cover up with ginger. the "chinese mix vegetable soup" i can easily taste the raw sand within. the most extrodinary is the "drunken prawn claypot". why? me and my girl friend also finish the prawn, then.... my girl friend found the cooked"fly" mix with drunken prawn claypot. that is disgusting!!! i call the a women waitress to have a look, she feedback to me, " the fly just flew inside the claypot after it cooked, not their fault. after all, she lefted quickly to avoid discussion with me. then i call some body again, this time is the Mersing Seafood Restaurant's owner come entertain me. the "boss" came over then use the finger pick up the "fly" and told me "you sure this is "fly"?!? this does not looks like "fly"! then i asked if this is not "fly" the what is this!!!?!?! what the bloody hell mother @#$%^&*! of him!!!
ask for the bill come, thought the boss will atleast give some discount on the bill due to the mistake they made. who knows, they just pretended nothing just happen and the bill price remain unchanged.
so, hopefully my great experience can share with everyone who like to visit mersing especially eat at Mersing Seafood Restaurant.
Favorite Dish: 1. "Not Fresh" ginger steam fish
2. "Sandy" chinese mix vegetable soup
3. "Fly" mix with drunken prawn claypot
wonderful home cooked, western food available for breakfast, lucnh and dinner regardless of weather or not you are a guest here. All dishes are home made :D
Favorite Dish: Sasuages, Eggs and Chips for breakfast, salad sandwhiches for lunch and Pizza and the steak for tea :D
Malay Foods near Bus Station at night is my top choice, I ate a plate of Nasi Goreng Kampung, Tom Yam soup and Mixed Vegetables, delicious, so far the best in Mersing, furthermore enjoying the live football on Astro.
Well, this was the next best option for us on the way back from our weekend break... unfortunately the Mersing Seafood Restaurant was closed for a private function, so our local guide friend took us to the next best option, the Yong Chuan Seafood Restaurant...
Similar style as the Mersing Seafood Restaurant, same string of lights across the roof of the exterior, same stickers and letterings on the doors, same black tinted glass doors, same round tables with REALLY HOT PINK tablecloths...
But here, the hostesses (nice elder Chinese aunties) were decked out in flared skirts and black floral shirts with bright red roses... swish!
Favorite Dish: My favourite dish, as you can see from the intro page photo, was the chilli crabs cooked with curry leaves... absolutely splendid!! I didn't fare so well on the steamed fish this time round (fish wasn't as tasty as the garoupa at the other restaurant), the kailan stirfried was acceptable, the prawns were nyummy, the cuttlefish rings a la calamari were very good. The chinese tea here was very nice also.
Wasn't as cheap as the other place. The price here came up to RM34 per person.. but then some ordered extra beer and drinks so that would explain it.
The crabs were the most expensive though, RM54 for the dish... thank goodness I made sure to finish every last bit!!
Ok.. I just reread that last bit... it's actually pretty reasonable, cheap even if u compare it to city prices... to be fair. And we actually didn't have crabs in the other restaurant to be comparing prices.
It was wonderful to go with my newfound diver friends who were local Chinese... u just sit down and let them take over the ordering... everything was simply finger-lickin' superb!!!
A typical Chinese restaurant ambience from the exterior, with tinted glass doors plastered all over with stickers and letterings proudly proclaiming "AIR COND" to the interior, with big round tables and red table cloths, loud exuberant hostesses, and lots of clattering of cutlery and plates throughout dinner signifying sure signs of food appreciation by locals :)
Favorite Dish: Oohhh... tough to pick one favourite dish. We had drunken prawns in rice wine (superbbbb)... some local specialty of cuttlefish rings stuffed with egg yolk (they loved it but i'm not too keen on egg yolk, so... whatever rocks yr boat hey), steamed garoupa in a soy based sauce(lovely!), kailan with shrimps (great!) and stirfried 'tauge' bean sprouts... DEEELICIOUS!!! Washed down with a lovely pot of chinese tea (think it was oolong).
All in all, for 5 of us, the bill came up to RM16 each for this veritable feast!!!
One good tip about finding a good eatery to to observe its patronage. Speed away like Gonzales if you see the place crammed with tourists like yourself and dive in if you see lots of happy, feasting locals.
This is what I kept in mind when I walked down the central area of Mersing. At first sight, I wanted to keep away from the eatery as it was fronted with the cheesy words " Air Con" on its black glass panels. But I went in anyway and was pleasantly surprised by the spread...
P/S .Do take note that this is a typical Chinese restaurant so do expect a rowdy dinner crowd. It's not strange for the diners to talk at the top of their voices and eat at the same time. I suppose indigestion is not on their agenda.
Also, order the fragrant Jasmine tea to go with your meal. It's the lightest and the easiest to drink. The teapot will arrive with a tuperware of soaked teacups and but don't drink the water in the tuperware for goodness sake! The owners have merely sterilised your cups with hot water. Give it a good rinse first and pour the tea from the pot yourself.
Favorite Dish: Order the speciality of Mersing. It's the crispy, fried squid stuffed with creamy, golden salted egg. One bite of this will send you to heaven. The rich taste of the egg complements the chewy texture of the squid. Absolutely heaven.
Another must-try is the drunken prawns or prawns cooked with coconut.They're fresh, succulent and juicy...
There are many stalls and a food court near and around the Jetty. But these stall mostly sells malay food of rice and condiments. SO, unless you are into having rice and curry for breakfast, the only other sustance you could ask for is toast and some malay kuih. If you are not into these either, I suggest you pick up somethinng from your last port prior to Mersing.
Favorite Dish: Rice and malay dishes like masak lemak, gulai asam pedas, sayur goreng taugeh, ulam raja and sambal belacan - sounds greeK? its malays.
Restaurants and hawker stalls are abundance in Mersing Town and at the R&R Jln. Abu Bakar. Just wander around Mersing town and pick your choice!
Favorite Dish: B.B.Q Fish , Cendol and many more