The impulsive $100 dinner

It was around 8 pm. We were at VivoCity, walking around after a movie, wondering what to eat.

Neither of us had much of an appetite. The Goonfather had stuffed himself silly with popcorn and M&Ms in the cinema. I was feeling sick because our movie was Final Destination 4 (which critics have labelled “death porn”).

I decided to go shopping at Watson’s first. On our way there, we passed by Marusui Fish Market, a Japanese seafood and sushi outlet where you can do takeaways or eat in.

Marusui Fish Market

The Goonfather said, “Wanna eat salmon sashimi?”

I love salmon sashimi but I said no. “Not after watching FD4. I can’t!”

While I was happily browsing at Watson’s, the Goonfather disappeared for a while and then came back again.

“Hey!” he said excitedly. “Wanna eat very yummy crab?”

Crab sounded nice. I love crab. But it wasn’t like the Goonfather to suggest crab for dinner.

I said, “What crab?”

He said, “I think this crab, just one crab claw is enough to fill you up.”

“What kind of freaky crab is that?”

I didn’t believe him. So, after my shopping, he dragged me next door to Marusui Fish Market again, where I saw this:

Hokkaido King Crab


To appreciate how huge the claws really are, you have to see this photo.

Hokkaido King Crab

The Goonfather said, “Wanna eat?”

I was, like, “SIAO LAH! SO EXPENSIVE!”

He asked the chef to estimate the weight of each crab. The chef was really friendly and accommodating, and actually helped us weigh it, and even printed out the price tag sticker to show us.

The piece I was holding in my right hand (without the pincers) turned out to be 420 grams and cost $68.

After thanking the chef, we were ready to walk out of the outlet when the Goonfather suddenly turned back again.

“Heck,” he said. “Let’s just get it, since you never tried before.”

I was game to try it, of course, having never eaten such a huge ass crab claw in my life.

And that was how we ended up sitting down for a $100 seafood feast despite neither of us being very hungry.

We ordered that $68 claw. The chef gave us an $8 discount and even threw in two small claw ends. Looks like this when it’s all cut up:

Hokkaido King Crab

The crab is just steamed plain.

We also ordered salmon and scallop sashimi, and, later on, some tamago sushi.

Hokkaido King Crab

Tamago sushi

The crab was really quite fantastic. Well, most of it anyway. Some parts of it were a little fishy, but there were enough non-fishy parts for me to enjoy.

Solid and chunky meat! Sweet taste!

And the Goonfather was wrong about one crab claw filling me up.

I couldn’t even finish half of half of a crab claw!

The portion we ordered was about half an entire claw, and the Goonfather had to eat maybe two-thirds of it.

The claw doesn’t look intimidating at first sight, but the meat is so solid that it just fills you up quickly.

The sashimi was also really fresh. I enjoyed it even though my stomach was protesting from the movie.

Our total damage, including two alcoholic drinks, was $105.75.

Tamago sushi

I suppose, after death porn, some food porn was befitting.

Marusui Fish Market is located at #B2-15 of VivoCity. It faces Giant Supermarket.

The outlet gets a fresh shipment every Friday, so maybe the best time to go would be Friday night and Saturday!

9 thoughts on “The impulsive $100 dinner

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    i am amazed that you guys still can eat after watching FD4. I wouldn’t be able to eat the popcorns while watching it, not that I will watch it in the first place.

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    Dang! The snow crabs are heavenly!!!!!!!!!
    If you can get your ass to KL then donch forget to go for a dinner buffet at the Shangri La Hotel (ground floor restaurant/cafe). They have these lovely snow crab claws and lots of other goodies and it’s only about RM$150.

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    Reminded me of my first visit to No Signboard. Coming from SFO, where the itty bitty Dungeness Crab is what you get when you ask for “crab”, the Sri Lankan crab claws I had were humongous. Your crab claws are humongous-er! Where did they catch them?

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