There are a few places in Melaka that you can enjoy BBQ fish or ‘ikan bakar’ such as at the famous Umbai, Anjung Batu, Alai and Muara Sungai Duyong.
Recently I went to Muara Sungai Duyong with my family and it was my first visit here for dinner. The distance of this place is quite near from Melaka Town compared to Umbai and Anjung Batu. In within 20 minutes, you will be able to reach Muara Sungai Duyong from Banda Hilir.
From 2 available restaurant to choose, we chose the one with the signage Medan Ikan Bakar Muara Sungai Duyong as per picture above.
As we walked into the restaurant, I noticed that the restaurant was full with customer. Lots of tables also already being reserved. One need to queue to select desired seafood to be cooked. Ordered 2 golden snapper, 5 crabs, 1.5kg squid, 1 ray (1kg), 20 otak – otak, 500grams of Lala snail and 500grams of Bamboo Snail. Every seafood selected, the Order Taker will asked what dish that we want them to cook and the varietiness of the menu were limited compared to Umbai and Anjung Batu, 2 places that I already used to go for BBQ fish dinner.
Dishes ordered did not take long to arrived at your table which I think is good. We had our dishes with the accompany of Nasi Lemak.
For me, I think this restaurant need to improve on 2 things :-
- Most of the waiters are friendly but watch out for one or two waiters that may spoil the image of the restaurant with their rudeness and unfriendly approached especially during peak hours when they need to work in a very fast pace.
- Add varietiness to the menu as what Umbai and Anjung Batu can offer.
In overall, my dinner here was good and I did enjoyed the food especially the Squid Fritter that I think is the best compared to Umbai and Anjung Batu. Last time I had a good Squid Fritter was in 2005 at Mersing, Johor.
As for the bill, it ended up at RM228.00 which I think is quite cheap.
Umbai, Anjung Batu and Muara Sungai Duyong, which one is the best? Personally I will choose Anjung Batu (the environment is better, varietiness of menu, fair pricing, good service, less crowd) but I will want to review this again by planning of visiting Muara Sungai Duyong for the 2nd time as I am very comfortable with the distance of this place which is nearer to my house.
If you are in Melaka and wanna enjoy Ikan Bakar, don’t only think about Umbai, you can enjoy it here even at Muara Sungai Duyong.