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Sea Treasure, Crows Nest

Sea Treasure in Crows Nest has been around for a very long time now. I remember coming here for dinner with friends about ten years ago and frankly, can’t remember what it was like! The man behind Sea Treasure is Tong Lau, who opened Golden Century in the city in 1986 and ran East Ocean in Chinatown from 1981 to 1991.

Crows Nest is not a place I venture out frequently, however, a catch up with a couple of in laws led us to this place. My cousin-in-law, N, suggested this place, as she wanted to try but knew that just by going with her partner they wouldn’t be able to eat much.

Upon approaching Sea Treasure, my eyes wandered to the many fish tanks that are at the front of the restaurant. The tanks boast ‘thousands of dollars of seafood caught in South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and New South Wales’. I read that ordering the best seafood from around the nation and maintaining the tanks (which are emptied, cleaned and refilled every two weeks) is a big job in itself! The restaurant looks tiny from the front, however, it seats 126 downstairs and 100 upstairs (not that I remember seeing an upstairs).

The Father-in-Law asked all of us if we would mind having king crab – are you for real? Of course not! Who can say no to king crab! When the waiter came over to show us the king crab I almost fell of my chair. SIX KILOS of king crab the size of my body, ok maybe not that big, it’s head was twice the size of my head! It was humongous!

We started with steamed prawns, cooked in brandy, and shallots. I didn’t realise at the time, he was cooking our prawns, it really did smell divine!

They were deliciously aromatic and plump. I love the hint of alcohol and dipped in the soy sauce, ginger, shallots sauce it was absolutely fantastic.

I am not usually a fan of peeling prawns outside the comfort of my own home and would sometimes just eat the skin, however, considering how we were eating crab, I might as well just peel them and get the hands dirty. I can’t believe ‘The Mother’ ate the skins, sans head of course!

Now the moment we have all been waiting for. SIX KILOS of king crab cooked in three different ways. First course – ginger and shallots. The crab was excellent, juicy, fatty with lots and lots of meat! The only downside was that I didn’t think it was ginger-y enough, it was a little bland.

Second course – probably my favourite one of all – cooked in xo sauce with lots of chili! I am a sucker for xo sauce, which is a spicy seafood sauce made from dried scallops and dried shrimp. Apparently created in Hong Kong in the 80s and named after the XO cognac, the alcohol signifying wealth and status that rich Chinese like to order. The crab deliciously moreish and the xo sauce full of flavours! I couldn’t help but lick all the shell clean!

Third course – probably my least favourite of all. Crab egg noodle stir fry which was served in the crab head – wow – it was huge!

The waiter said to N’s boy friend, who was not Asian ‘If you finish this, then you are truly Asian’. I didn’t even finish it! Does that make me non-asian? It was too creamy, too eggy and too rich for me, even with chili, it was strong and something I didn’t enjoy. The noodles itself was good, just the flavours were just too much. The rest of the family seemed to have enjoyed it though.

Choy Sum served with oyster sauce – simple but delicious!

We don’t usually order desserts at Chinese restaurants, usually, complimentary desserts are given, like fruit platter – oranges, grapes and pomelo.

And of course, these deep-fried dough biscuits which are then topped with sesame.

However, we did order a couple serves of mango pancakes, mango pancakes stuffed with whipped cream and chopped fresh mango. They were excellent and one of the nicest I have had.

Large chunks of mango and generous serving of whipped cream! It was hard to eat just half, we were all fighting for a second serve. Here is a close up of it…

Mango pudding, which also had large chunks of mango and was deliciously creamy and rich.

‘The Mother’ couldn’t go past the coconut jelly. It had a delicious smooth flavour and texture. N thought it was a little bland but ‘The Mother’ loved it.

Deliciously full, we sat and chatted for a while before heading home. I definitely loved the xo sauce king crab, it was excellent.

Sea Treasure is opened for lunch, however, I have had mix reviews about yum cha here – some loves it, some hates it. I have yet to try. They have a wide range of alcohol, however, the boys only wanted tsing tao beer, and service was good. Cost of king crab was around $125kgs, it’s not cheap, thanks Father-in-Law for the delicious meal!

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Sea Treasure

46 Willoughby Rd

Crows Nest 2065

Ph: +61 2 9906 6388

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  1. June 27, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Holy moly – 6kg of crab in three dishes! Aaah! I want in!

  2. June 27, 2011 at 7:05 am

    My sister is OBSESSED with the yum cha here – OBSESSED! So I’ve only ever been for yum cha which I think is quite nice. How much did the crab cost – I imagine it was expensive. I like that they serve pomelo, and not just oranges, on the fruit platter.

    • June 27, 2011 at 8:03 am

      is it good? I havent had the yum cha there before. It was about $125kgs a kilo – we had six.. so.. it wasn’t cheap! i love pomelo so ate most of it 🙂

  3. June 27, 2011 at 11:32 pm

    wow, it seems like chinese restaurants up north serve nicer fruit platters! pomelo too! fancy! it’s been 20 yrs since i had a king crab! delish! definitely looks like a nice place to go which is prob also tonnes easier to park compared to chinatown!

    • June 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

      it’s been a while since i had king crab too! it was definitely good. parking def easier… although on a fri / sat night – just as bad as surry hills or chinatown!

  4. June 28, 2011 at 7:00 am

    Oh love that mango pudding. King crab is also one of my favourite seafood..
    but i am with u about the noodle.. i find that dish very oily and too heavy

    • June 28, 2011 at 7:07 am

      the mango pudding and pancake was very good here! but yes – the noodles not for me!

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