Written by Nur Batrisya
Picture this: You’re sitting at the dining table, surface laid with fresh steamy crabs drenched in creamy hot sauce, while a plate of tasty butter prawn sits on the side, together with a sizzling plate of fresh grouper poached in lemon herb soup. Tasty view, isn’t it?
As much as we love to get our hands dirty and mouths full with the bountiful flavours of the sea, our hearts sink when we see the bill. Sounds familiar? A sweet price to pay for momentary bliss, especially in Kuala Lumpur, where fresh seafood often doesn’t come cheap, and cheap seafood is often not fresh.
But what if it doesn’t have to be this way? We’ve hunted for the top seafood restaurants in KL that are not far from the city and actually serve up affordable and fresh seafood, including crab! So you can indulge in your favourites without feeling the pinch on your wallet!
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1. Feast on fresh crabs, oysters and more off the table – Just Seafood MY
Inspired by a popular eating style in Louisiana, USA, Just Seafood MY in Sunway Giza Mall wants to bring the joys of carefree feasting to Malaysians – eating fresh seafood ‘off-the-table’ using our own bare hands.
Although eating with our hands is nothing new to us, Just Seafood MY throws in a twist by using Cajun spices in their dishes and mixing it up with their own recipe to bring out unique flavours.
Their signature seafood sets are also affordable too! Starting at RM 105 for two, you can enjoy their crabs, prawns, squid and more with four different styles of cooking, like The Original Cajun, Signature Curry, Golden Salted Egg, Butter Cream Milk, and your preferred spice level. You can also enjoy 20% off if you book a table here.2. Muslim-friendly Kam Heong crab and salted egg squid – Chilli’s CRAB Restaurant
At this Muslim-friendly seafood restaurant, you can find a wide variety of fresh seafood in the aquariums for you to choose from.
And their sauces? *chef’s kiss* Marvellous! Recommendations include their Kam Heong crab which starts at RM 50 per 400g and their Salted Egg Squid.
Customers are usually impressed with the restaurant’s efficient customer service which isn’t compromised despite the crowd.
3. Seafood fiesta in your mouth – Hokkaido Seafood Restaurant
Having been around for more than 38 years, Hokkaido Seafood Restaurant has never failed to disappoint seafood lovers with their exquisite menu of premium and imported seafood, prepped by head chefs with 40 years of experience.
From their signature Sweet & Sour Spicy Crabs to their Butter Creamy River Prawns, every meal is cooked to perfection. You can pick and choose your favourite live seafood from the aquariums to go with your preferred flavours, such as Salted Egg, Sweet & Sour, Butter Creamy, Black Pepper or Ginger Spring Onion.
Their price range is also considerably average as compared to most seafood eateries around Klang Valley. For crab lovers out there, Hokkaido offers 2 large pieces (each 800g) of Mud Crabs for RM 126. What a sweet deal!
On top of that, they are also pork-free so people of different races can come together to enjoy Hokkaido’s seafood goodness!
4. Halal Chinese-style French crabs with Mongolian sauce – Ibrahim’s Fatty Crabs
Popular for its French crab served with sultry Mongolian sauce, this up-and-coming seafood joint is already known among food hunters out there as one of tastiest seafood restaurants in Ampang area.
Run by Encik Marzuki, the owner of the establishment plans to take his restaurant to another level by becoming the best Halal Chinese Seafood restaurants in town. Paying attention to details, Encik Marzuki offers his guests a delicious range of premium and imported seafood, served with sumptuous sauces that will not only satisfy your cravings, but is wallet friendly as well.
They have Mud Crabs (from RM13.90 per 100g), French Crabs and also Alaskan King Crabs (which has to be pre-ordered). They also serve lobster which starts at RM 30 per 100g.
5. Mouth-watering Thai BBQ seafood galore – Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood
In the mood for some Thai food? Here at Nong & Jimmy Thai BBQ Seafood restaurant, their market-fresh seafood comes with a delightful twist of Thai BBQ dishes that leave visitors craving for more.
In fact, they are one of the oldest seafood joints in KL, and they’ve recently opened a new branch at Kampung Baru Ampang where they are able to accommodate more visitors with a relaxing and spacious seating area.
Fans love their famous charcoal-grilled crab that goes for RM 118 per kg. If you’re craving something with a little more kick, try their Black Pepper Crab!
Nong & Jimmy also offers a scrumptious lunch set starting at RM 9.90 which comes with a choice of either Butterfly Pea Water or Pandan Leaf Water. The restaurant is also pork-free, so for our Muslim readers out there, you wouln’t want to miss out on this!
6. Affordable chilli crabs! – Restoran Stadium Negara
Sometimes the best experiences come from the most unexpected places. Despite being just a regular restaurant, many customers (both local and foreign seafood lovers) have raved about the fresh seafood and its affordability here at Restoran Stadium Negara.
Here, they are mostly popular for their steamboat sets, which start at RM 23 per person with a minimum set order for two! Also, don’t miss their Chilli Crab dish – crabs start from RM 80 per kg. Tempting right?
The restaurant also expanded their space by adding an outdoor area so you can enjoy the view of the KL tower while indulging in your favourite seafood!
7. Halal Thai-style spicy seafood – Kg. Baru Seafood
Kg. Baru Seafood serves halal Thai-style dishes along with a mouthwatering variety of seafood to shell out to, drizzled with indulging sauces such as Thai Spicy, Thai Curry, Buttermilk, Sweet & Sour, Thai Chilli, Black Pepper and Curry Egg.
This restaurant is popular for their affordable set meals that start from RM 42 for two which includes all your favourite crustaceans like crabs, prawns and more. Their venue is spacious and comfortable, especially if you are planning to come in a large group.
They also offer delivery services covering areas around KL & Selangor with a charge of RM 10 from 5.30pm to 12am. So for those who feel like making their own mini mukbang vlogs from home, how about dropping this place a call?
8. Muslim-friendly lala (clams) soup! – Lala Chong Kayu Ara Seafood Restaurant
Fans of lala (clams), you’re in luck! Come by Lala Chong Kayu Ara Seafood Restaurant where their wholesome Xiong Tong Lala (Clams in Superior Soup) awaits you. Imagine sinking your teeth into the juicy flesh of lala with the rich tantalizing taste of spicy ginger soup.
Instead of cooking the soup with Chinese rice wine which is used in many traditional recipes, they use halal ingredients in the soup, so it’s actually Muslim-friendly! However, they do serve cold beers here.
What’s more? Their fresh crabs are just as tasty as their other dishes, and with a starting price of RM 88 for 600g, we think it’s pretty reasonable. They also serve mango salad as a starter instead of peanuts (which is typically served in restaurants). Yum!
P.S. They have another outlet at Ara Damansara too!
9. Come for the creamy salted egg crab – Loyal Gourmet Seafood Restaurant
Loyal may just be the word to describe their customers who keep coming back for more.
Being new in the seafood scene, Loyal Gourmet offers a palate-pleasing menu at a reasonable price. Most who came by recommend their creamy salted egg crab, which starts at RM 68 per 600g as part of their current offer!
Others have also praised the restaurant for their nice environment and customer-friendly service. Customers can also claim back RM 2 from the parking fee.
10. Stir up your tastebuds with Thai seafood hotpot – Sawatdee Thai
Perhaps one of the most stylish affordable seafood joints around, Sawatdee Thai never runs short of providing customers a delicious experience as well as a price that fits just nice to one’s budget.
Specializing in Thai cuisine, this restaurant has customers coming back for especially their Thai Style Seafood Hot Pot that starts from RM 99 for 2-4 people. But if you prefer an ala-carte seafood menu, they offer crabs for RM 99 (around 500g) and lobster for RM 95 per piece.
This restaurant can be a great date spot too! It’s beautifully decorated and won’t break your wallet.
11. Lobsters, crabs and everything deliciously seafood – Restaurant Crab Dynasty
When it comes to restaurants, the more options the better! Crab Dynasty splurge their customers with a variety of sweet and soul-satisfying options of fresh seafood that you can pick out from their aquarium.
Most would agree that their prices are fair and the food is rich in flavour, such as their Lobster with Superior Soup or their Flaming Prawns. Crabs (500g) start at RM60 as part of their January launch promotion and RM 99 for 2XL crabs (1 kg altogether). This sounds like a steal if you are a crab lover like me!
If you can’t live without carbs (even when indulging in seafood), go for their delicious Shrimp Fried Rice which is only RM 12.
In the mood for a little splurge? Once in a while, it’s always great to treat yourself and your loved ones to some good food, especially seafood – which most of us love!
1. Seafood buffet with unlimited lobsters, oysters, mussels and more – Gobo Chit Chat (Traders Hotel)
If someone offers you a delicious all-you-can-eat seafood buffet set, would you turn it down?
Gobo Chit Chat is the perfect place for all you buffet junkies out there and there’s even a special seafood galore deal every weekend! Located in Traders Hotel, you will be introduced to a plethora of deep sea specialties that you can chow down as much as your belts can hold your stomachs!
At just RM 168 per person, the Bucked Out Seafood Dinner Buffet will spoil you with endless options of fresh seafood, from slipper lobsters, mussels, oysters and many more. And once you’ve got that down, you can pick and choose from their creative sauces such as Curry Cheese, Sichuan Chilli, Sambal, Rendang and Thai Coriander Lime Garlic.
Besides seafood, you can also opt for other cuisines at their buffet food counter like Japanese, Indian and Western.
Are you hungry and tempted by these affordable and delicious seafood options yet? Tag your family and friends for your next feast! Bon appétit!