Restaurant week review: Seelan’s restaurant
Restaurant week continues, and I find myself at the V&A Waterfront for a Public holiday lunch.
Spending time with my favourite people this freedom day.
We’re trying out Seelan’s restaurant. I have not been here before but the menu looked perfect, because of the oysters of course. And with winter slowly approaching a good curry goes a long way.
Findability: located right in the harbour, it’s hard l miss.
Location: absolutely stunning views of the harbour a mere meters away. Watching people get on and off the different tour boats. My son even wants to abondon lunch and go onto the ‘Pirate boat’.
We had made restaurant week reservations for 4, but for reasons unknown they don’t have our booking: disappointment number 1. Fortunately there are free tables, so we get seated.
Food: We are given the Ala carte menu, when we alert the waiter and remind him that we are here for the restaurant week menu, which on the website was stated a surprise when you arrive at the restaurant. He tells us there’s no menu, there’s soup for starters and fish & chips for mains. I’m sorry but soup, fish and chips aren’t fine dining: restaurant week material to me. With no other alternative as well. Very disappointing.
All the other restaurants we’ve been to, they’ve made an effort and this feels like a slap in the face. Like they got involved with restaurant week just to get you to their restaurant then you’d have no other choice but order Ala carte.
So we order Ala carte. Not so cheap either. So we’ll have to spend more than budgeted for.
My friend and I order 6 oysters each ‘birthday special’ that comes with a glass of sparkling wine. My husband and child share 3 mini pizzas.
Mains: We go for Lamb curry, seared tuna, beef fillet, grilled calamari. Everyone enjoys their food except for my son and I. 😢 My son’s calamari is absolutely dry. He takes a few bites and gives up.
My lamb curry is very disappointing. 1. It’s not curry but stew. There’s no heat or curry flavour whatsoever. I’ve had much better curry from street vendors. 2. The meat is tough and dry. 3. Seelan is meant to be Indian, imagine how shattered I am.
I ask for salt, pepper and fresh chopped chili to try resuscitate the meal. Even the chopped chili is not hot at all. Last resort Tabasco sauce and it still didn’t taste right, so after a few bites I also called it a day. No once did the waiter offer to take it back and get it sorted out,
I’m not even that fussy about my food. But if you promise me curry, I expect curry. And please ask me how I like my curry( heat level). It’s not one size fits all!
But my friend enjoyed her tuna, even claimed the sauce served with it was the best.
Service: It could have been much better. They should’ve checked their website or emails to get our reservations. We should’ve been warned there’s no restaurant week menu, unless you like soup and fish & chips for lunch.
Service was also slow.
Ambience: it’s surprisingly busy, with a warm buzz from other guests. Maybe their food tastes better.
Overall rating: 6/10. The fish & chips didn’t fly with me. I don’t even eat chips and my husband doesn’t like fish, we felt insulted almost. My supposed lamb curry was more than disappointing. The organization in this restaurant was poor and uncoordinated. Manager not seen even once.
Will I go back? NO.
Do I recommend it? NO.
Unless drastic changes are made to this restaurant.