Weird service at popular seafood restaurant

Tekong Seafood Restaurant in Changi Village.

Saturday night.

[Eat me]
Photo by Leonardo Menezes.

The boss of the restaurant came to take our order. We ordered our food, followed by drinks.

That done, we waited.

It was early, about 6:30 pm, so there was no crowd. Only one other table was filled.

[Need a holiday]
Photo by Michel Meynsbrughen — not Tekong Seafood Restaurant!

Ten minutes later, our drinks still haven’t arrived. Waitresses were just milling around doing nothing.

We asked one of them to check on our drinks. She came back and asked if we could order again because there’s no record of us ever ordering drinks.

Not wanting to risk a double order, we told her to check with the boss.

Just then, the boss wandered in.

[Run for your life]
Graphic by Lynne Lancaster.

When the waitress told him what’s happening, he said, “Oh, I didn’t take your drinks order. Can you order again?”

*Profound silence*

Then everyone at the table started swearing that we saw the boss acknowledging our drinks order and writing it down.

His reply was, “Oh, I sent your food order in only. I didn’t take your drinks order. Can you order your drinks from this waitress?”


We speculated that the boss must have been either drunk or not interested in doing business.

[Nice t-shirt]
Photo by Konrad Baranski.


Seperate incident that happened in the same restaurant!

My brother was having dinner there some time back. He stopped a Chinese waitress and asked for sambal chilli.

Ten minutes later, the chilli still hadn’t arrived and he wondered what happened to it.

Twenty minutes later, the waitress brought a dish to the table. It was a big chicken dish which no one ordered.

Photo by Kristina Mileva — not actual dish.

My brother said, “We didn’t order this.” (In Chinese)

The waitress said, “Yes, you did.” (In Chinese)

“No, we didn’t.”

You did.”

My brother thought for a bit and then said, “I asked for sambal chilli.”

The waitress said, “That’s right! This is san ba ji.”

(“San ba ji” is the Chinese term for “Kampung chicken”.)

Joke of the year!!!

I guess “sambal chilli” does sound a bit like “san ba ji”.

Be careful what you ask for and who you ask it from.



This restaurant has the weirdest service ever. It’s not strictly bad. The waitresses and boss are actually quite friendly and easy-going. There was no rudeness or anything.

They just gave us the impression that they’re all clueless and not really present.

Strange, because this restaurant is supposed to be quite popular and has been around for decades.

Sorry I had to use stock photos for this post. I didn’t feel like taking photos that night because of the weird service, plus the food is average only, so I don’t really want to advertise for the restaurant. Hah.

Don’t go there. There are better places to eat seafood.

15 thoughts on “Weird service at popular seafood restaurant

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    I Have been living in Changi Village for many years and I know the boss there. I think they just Bo Chap. Service is very bad. But My family still eat there when there’s occasion as it’s near and convenient. Personally I won’t go there with my friends and family.

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    Oh my goodness, sambal chicken = sanba ji? How ridiculous! Sometimes I really get mad in restaurants. Here I am paying for service and food and then service is really crap with the attitude of, you like then come, don’t like, piss off. So I take the I don’t like so I piss off way. Maybe that’s why service industry has a lot more to learn before it can become world class. It’s nice being chatty and everything but, drinks and food orders are more important. So what if they chat and are nice but the drinks and food don’t come. What’s the point of it all then?

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    hahahahaha sam ba ji!!!

    thats quite funny.

    PRC….invading at an astonding rate!!!
    “Ni yao Shi mo cai? wo meng yo SAM Ba JI!”

    samba…samba….Samba De Janeiro!~

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    That’s what happens when (1) boss not interested in business and (2) boss hires any tom, dick or harry with no experience.

    Anyway, long time never see chio bu pics leh. Hows about posting some of your kawaii poses? LOL!

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    this is too much weh.. sambal chilli = san ba ji? some more the boss said he’s only taking the dish order but not the drinks? where’s their brains and ears??

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    modchip: Er… probably not. We only wish :P

    JokeDiary: Hah, really? It was my first time there. I think most Singaporeans are just too used to bad service.

    Monster: Haha.. I know. Bad service is one of your biggest pet peeves!

    Wendy Wang: Heh, yeah. I totally LOL’ed when I heard that.

    Jawker: I’m sure other visitors over the years have even more weird stories about the restaurant. Curious to hear more stories. Haha.

    JayWalk: WAH. You really have a very imaginative mind!

    bean: Yeah, that’s what she is!

    Ashtar83: It’s getting a little out of hand, actually. My first instinct is always to speak English, but nowadays more and more people in Singapore don’t understand me and I have to switch to Chinese. lol.

    Derrick: Haha.. nowadays I not kawaii anymore leh :P

    ahtiong73: Er, no. They weren’t ordering any food. They were asking for sambal chilli! That one not on menu one mah…

    Bernard: Hahaha, well. Can’t blame her though, since she doesn’t understand English. Maybe must blame the restaurant for hiring non-bilingual people.

    huifen: Yeah yeah, the boss is ultimate in slackness!

    Rachel: Hahahaha. You say the most flattering things, babe. *wink*

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    You will be surprised. I have seen quite a number of hawker stalls who are not serious about doing business. Usually Ah Loong washing money with that.

    I also came across this sports shop in Queensway Shopping Centre some time ago, inside only got 6 pairs of shoes! How to do business like that?

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