If you ask me whether is it worth queuing almost 2 hours for a table at Mellben Seafood, my answer is a resounding “NO!!!”!
Yet I’ve done it.
First visit was when K’s family wanted to celebrate a birthday there so I tagged along. Second time was last Sunday when my dear mom wanted to satisfy her “I want to see what Mellben is all about” craving/curiosity. My strategy of “okie, we can go but go early cuz I don’t want to queue” was a flop — the line was already way too long when we arrived at 5.30pm… 5.30pm! Who eats dinner so early nowadays?! Anyway, I got into the queue obediently, psycho-ed the family to give up (“let’s go to Putien instead!”) but failed, was seated after 7pm, and finally dinner was served at a quarter to eight, phew. Food usually tastes pretty darn good when you are hungry, and this was no exception. Our orders of deep fried tofu, rojak chicken, king pork ribs, yam ring and salted egg yolk prawns were wiped out fast, and then came the highlights — two fatty meaty crabs! One drenched with butter, and the other was the famed claypot crab bee hoon~ Both were excellent, especially the latter though I reckon the soup is MSG laden. To summarize my long and whiny story above in three words?
GO VERY EARLY.
P.S. I changed my mind. Highlight of the meal was K peeling all the crabs/prawns for me. My hands were clean from start to end =D
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I took awhile to decide which category to place Mellben… It’s definitely “Once is (more than) Enough” if I have to queue more than 30mins; but if someone is doing the queuing and all I have to do is show up and dig in (dream on haha), then it’s “Don’t Mind Going Back”. So… “Still on the Fence” it is!