Top Island Restaurant

That’s where we had dinner last night. I highly suggest not ever eating there again. Um…let’s see, we got there a little around 7:40. I went in to be seated and was seated immediately. Right next to the station where the waiters punch in their orders and stuff. About 10 minutes later, I finally caught the eye of a standing waiter and ordered two beers from him. He ran away before I could order drinks for the kids. He came back and we got the drinks. The only kid friendly drinks they have are water, 7-up or Coke. Yeah, the kids got water. In red kegger cups. Swanky.

The menu is big. It’s a seafood restaurant, so naturally you’ll want to try that. In the back of the restaurant you can see the tanks where they keep the huge crabs, lobsters and fish. They have curiosity-making stuff on the menu like Crystallized Chicken Feet and Jellyfish (that’s one dish), or the Live Steam Frogs in some kind of sauce. What looked really good was the Crispy Duck Chin in Meggie Sauce. Lots of frog, shark fin, and bit o’ birds on the menu along with the tried and true. We stuck with tried and true.

We finally got someone to take our order around 8:15 and the food arrived around 8:30. For appetizer, we ordered the Soy Duck:

Soy Duck

Doesn’t that look tasty? That’s fried tofu on the side. Starving and eager to get some duck, I took a bite and was utterly disappointed. I didn’t even know you can make dry duck. It was tough, chewy and just disgusting. Ilia and Adrian ate the tofu and they liked it I guess.

A few minutes later, the waiter put a plate of crab on our table. We didn’t order it, but he said, For you, it’s free.” ??? Now who am I to turn down free crab? Via Chowhound, I learn why we got free crab


It was fried, with these pepper, garlic, ginger bits all over it. The crispy bits were tasty. The crab was dry. I mean, it was actually drier than the duck. Let’s put it this way, the crab meat tasted like I was eating straight from a shredder. A spicy shredder. Bleeeh. At this point, I’m sitting there thinking, “Now, why do I let Adrian pick places when they suck 95% of the time?” Oooh…our Scallops with Chinese Yevon Chives is here:

Scallops with Chinese Yevon Chives

Not dry. Not exciting either. The best part about this dish was the snow peas. Those were perfectly crunchy, sweet with a hint of ginger and made the other items in the dish that much blander. Seriously though, scallops aren’t that hard to cook. They’re like the tofu of the mollusk world. These were white blobs on my plate. They actually almost tasted just as bad as tofu, they were so dull. What it needed was a splash of rice vinegar, but the waiters were done with us for the rest of the night, so I had to suffer. The crispy bits from the crab with the scallops was pretty good though.

The next dish out was our Kung Pao Prawns. Okay, so like when I see ‘prawn’, I think ‘really big shrimp’. I don’t think ‘shrimp’. This dish was Kung Pao Shrimp:

Kung Pao Prawns

I don’t know…I’m not hep to the Kung Pao when the peanuts aren’t cooked. It all seems so half-assed. I’ve stopped eating kung pao in Asian areas because I’ve noticed that they don’t make it spicy enough for us. This kung pao was weak and way too sweet. The peppers just laid there, like couldn’t be bothered to give us a kick and the shrimp, while not dry were tough and chewy.

The last dishes to come out where the rice. We got steamed rice and minced beef fried rice. Oh glory be, that fried rice was probably the best fried rice I’ve had in a while. Better than the last two Chinese restaurants we at in Alhambra and those places had awesome fried rice. Naturally, I don’t have a picture of it.

Between the bad service and the horrible food, I can honestly say that free crab or not, I’ll not be eating there again.