If you are willing to bear with the long traffic jams along the Causeway or the Second Link, then what awaits you at the other side is a haven when it comes to great seafood.
Two more well-known from the unending list of seafood restaurants are Senibong and Todak. Located within 5 kilometres of each other along the coastline fronting Singapore, the only thing common between these two restaurants is the seafood. All else are total opposites. Whist one provides a modern air-conditioned environment, the other exudes old world charm that is reminiscent of Malaya in the fifties.
Senibong Bay Seafood
Everything about this place is welcoming. Even as you driving into the compound, there are car park attendants leading you all the way to a car park lot. Waiters and waitresses welcome with broad smiles and show you to the next available table. The restaurant is spacious with a tall ceiling with huge fans (like those in the MRT stations) to ensure you that you have a cozy dining experience. The menu is well illustrated and prices of the food are reasonable.
The menu for crabs, the favourite among all the patrons to the restaurant is extensive from the must-try chilli crabs all the way to the black pepper, salted egg and Kam Heong crabs. Other items in the menu include lobsters, mussels, all types of seasonal fish and prawns.
Restoran Todak (Orang Asli)
Everything about Restoran Todak is different. Having reached the end of the road leading to the coastline, you need to make a hard right into the darkness and find your way to the restaurant. The only thing is a dimly-lit sign and even then, you are not entirely sure you have arrived.
And the car park? Well, you just have to fight your way through muddy potholes and other obstacles to find a decent spot.
You know you are there if you have succeeded in finding the plank walkway into the restaurant built right into the sea. At low tide, be warned that the aroma of the surrounding muddy shoreline adds to the allure of the place. Nevertheless, this location is a most Instagrammable spot to add to your collection of postings.
Once you are in the restaurant, you need to quickly "chope" a table (remember to look for the number printed on the floorboard) and run to the front of the restaurant to make your order. As for the food, just point to the one you want and decide the way you want it cooked. And the menu? Well, it is printed on the large signboard behind the rows of aquariums full of fish, prawns, lobsters and crab.
Unlike Senibong Bay, you have two choices of seating - covered with fans for ventilation or chance it and go for the open-air area. Just pray that it doesn't rain.
As for the seafood. Just one word - delicious! Unfortunately there are not too many photo shots of the food. Blame it on the old-world style lighting. Or maybe it was me - too busy enjoying the food.
If you arrive before the sun goes down (highly recommended so as to find the way), you will be treated to a beautiful sunset with the Singapore coastline in the distance.