marina bay seafood restaurant

Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant is a new eating establishment built at the Miri marina near the iconic seahorse statue facing the sea. Kim and Mark wanted to check it out at night but were kind enough to accommodate my schedule by bringing me there for lunch instead. :)

marina bay signage

The place seems to be referred to as ulumulu by a lot of local Mirians but the only signage I saw called it the Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant. The waitresses were all wearing uniforms with the same title so I’m not sure if this is the same place as ulumulu, but it’s the only restaurant at the Marina Bay in Miri.

marina path

There is a wooden path surrounding the area beside the sea and it offers a great view of the coastline and the cityscape across the body of water. There are also two smaller structures besides the main wooden restaurant construction as a more private dining enclave. The two clubhouses are still under construction but the main restaurant is complete.

seahorse miri

The landmark of the Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant is a huge bronze seahorse facing the sea. It’s the official mascot (?) of Miri, just like ours is the swan. Sibu is called Swan City for a reason…and no, I know we’ve not actually achieved city status yet, Kim. :p

marina yatch

The marina is located to one side of the Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant and all kinds of seafaring vessels were parked there – from fishing boats to yatchs.

deep blue sea

The sea in Miri is a deep blue that is rivaled only by the best beaches in Sabah. The gentle undulating waves and the cool breeze coming in from the beach makes the leisurely stroll from the car park (which is quite a distance away) to the restaurant rather enjoyable.

marina bali

The architecture of Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant is heavily inspired by Balinese and Siamese themes and attention is paid to the most minor details, giving it an authentic ambiance of a marina retreat.

marina server

There is a waitress on duty for seating diners at the main entrance. The ground floor of the place is a bar and lounge while the restaurant is located on the second floor.

marina stairs

There is a flight of stairs that one has to climb to reach the restaurant upstairs and you’ll be escorted by one of the Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant waitresses. The service over here is truly international class.

marina interior

The dining area is huge and consists of various seating accommodations of every configuration you can think of. There is no air-conditioning in the place but the sea breeze makes the temperature just right even for midday dining and you get all the benefits of al fresco dining without being rained on.

varandah

There is even a verandah area which doubles as the smoking section of Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant.

marina view

There is a great view of the ocean and the interior design capitalizes on this by making one side of the restaurant open to the breeze coming in from the sea. I find that the open sea view and the smell of the ocean does wonders to my appetite.

open kitchen

Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant has an open kitchen concept where the entire kitchen, ovens and all, are visibly located beside the restaurant. The entire place is kept neat and clean, which is quite a feat, considering the size of the restaurant.

marina waitress

This is our waitress for the day. She’s wearing a white Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant uniform.

marina oj

I had the orange juice (RM 8.50) which came with a slice of the fruit on the rim of the glass it came served with. The watermelon juice also contains a thin slice of watermelon as a garnish as well.

marina noodles

Mark went for the Oriental menu and had the Fried Yee Mee with Seafood (RM 30). The seafood bits are quite generous, with fish and squid dominating the dish. The general consensus was that the yee mee tastes better than the fried vermicelli.

marina rice vermicilli

Darren also ordered from the Oriental menu – Fried Vermicelli Noodles with Eggs and Seafood (RM 30). It tasted pretty good but it was a little bit too dry from the frying process.

pan fried salmon fillet

Kim had the Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet with Ragout of Squid and Lemon Grass Pepperonata Drizzle with Mirin Reduction (RM 38).

salmon fillet

The salmon tasted better than mine since it had sauce on it and it’s pan-fried instead of grilled.

trio seafood

I had the Trio Grilled Seafood on Bed of Mash Potato served with Crispy Julienne Veggie and Lemon Hollandaise Sauce (RM 78) which the waitress recommended.

salmon

There is grilled salmon, which came out a little bit too dry but the presentation was excellent.

cod

The cod is great though, tender and juicy.

prawn

The prawn is fully de-shelled and is one of the best fresh water prawns that I’ve ever tasted.

poached pears

I also ordered the Poached Pears in Saffron served with Vanilla Panna Cotta (RM 18) for dessert.

marina group

I know I look kinda fucked up. My eyes look soulless, or so I’ve been told. My drink was spiked with three (3) tablets of Ecstasy just the night before and I only slept for 2 hours before the lunch at Marina Bay.

marina bloggers

This is the blogger group photo from Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant. L-R: Darren, Huai Bin (me), Kim, Mark (who is a blogger by association with Kim). ;)

marina sipping drinks

I still had half a glass of OJ left and insisted on having Kim pose with her empty one. :)

marina me darren

This is me and Darren, who joined us at the Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant after he went back to get his d-SLR.

marina me kim

I had a photo taken with Kim at the veranda with the sea as the backdrop. I thought this would make a nice photo with the palm trees swaying in the wind.

hb kim mark

Thanks goes out to Kim and Mark who picked me up and drove me around Miri. Much love!

marina seaside

We went for a walk by the seaside to take a photo with the Miri Seahorse after the meal. The weather was just right for a stroll, if you disregard the midday sun and head for the shaded areas. ;)

beachfront property

There were a lot of beach front properties across the marina. It would be a really nice place to live in, just by the seaside with the beach just a step away from your front door.

mark kim

Kodak Moment: Mark attempts to throw Kim into the sea.

marina titanic

*cue Titanic music*

marina titanic take

This is Take #2 of the iconic Titanic scene. It seemed that we didn’t look “sad” enough for an accurate reenactment in the first photo. I put on my best sombre face for the second take but Kim was kinda smiling so this is the final version:

marina titanic final

Jack: Winning that ticket, Rose, was the best thing that ever happened to me… it brought me to you. And I’m thankful for that, Rose. I’m thankful. You must do me this honor, Rose. Promise me you’ll survive. That you won’t give up, no matter what happens, no matter how hopeless. Promise me now, Rose, and never let go of that promise.
Rose: I promise.
Jack: Never let go.
Rose: I’ll never let go. I’ll never let go, Jack.

marina titanic foursome

The Titanic Foursome (The Titans?)

marina fishing

The Marina Bay has a lot of No Fishing signs which in grand tradition, was largely ignored. ;)

miri seahorse

I had fun with Kim, Mark and Darren in Miri. Thanks for all the great memories! :)

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32 Responses to “Marina Bay Seafood Restaurant”

  1. 1st? aww…
    i told you marina bay is really nice especially for the shooting season. i like the last few pics…. the titanic ones. nice that inspire me for wedding photos taking with the seahorse as the background.
    great!

  2. aww sorry, i mean sessions.
    next try to visit eastwood valley. got nice view too. :)

  3. LOL Good morning read for me. Though I must say salmon hardly impress me anyway it cooks.
    HB, you should start a new category calls PHB’s camwhoring! You are getting better at it. ;)
    Ok, back to work. Have a good weekend.

  4. HAHAHAHA! Love all the posts! you’re outdoing yourself.
    Some people say a good weekend is one where you have no memories :/
    The food looks really expensive for the portion size.

  5. Thats a bloody rip off price for the food. I think those place are target for towkay besar like you HB. Of course not forgeting our beloved uncle George C and Ting P K. Whoes paying?

  6. Ahhhhhh I see food each time when i frequent this blog… Making me kinda hungry already. But got to agreed with bro Roland and JW, it is kinda expensive. But you definitely get a great view while eating and of course nice deco.

  7. Looking good in the Titanic pic, HB. ;-)

  8. Hahah I know that look… Well good thing your drink didn’t get spiked in the day, or the camera will have trouble catching your pupils :P

  9. *slaps forehead* But still waiting for those pics, man. :P

  10. it was fun having hanging with you, hope to see you again when u drop by Miri.
    Kim: oh yeah i haven’t send u those :P

  11. being a mirian, i havent been to ulumulu. Well, there’s a big signboard at the road site,stating ulumulu, maybe u din notice it. :)
    I took some great shots over there too during my last visit to the no fishing place, somehow memang got a lot of fisherman there! haha..
    Huaibin, bring yr passport, next time we go Brunei, i intro u , Escapade!!!!!

  12. What I’d do for some good seafood in this Summer time. Also I want a giant seahorse in bedroom.

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  14. I visited Miri last week and had a family dinner for 11 at that restaurant. The bill came to a ridiculous RM756.80. Had the food been excellent or even great, we would have expected the amount but the food was nothing to shout about. The butter prawns were mediocre, the prawns about the size of my finger (and its pretty small, my finger), and we had some vege dishes. Not more than 7 dishes. The most exorbitant item was the fruits platter at the end of the meal, tagged at RM66 a plate! Consists of nanas, kiwi, papaya. Sheesh. I recommend the restaurant for the scenic views but the food gets two thumbs down from me.

  15. can’t say the food looks good at all, but damn i would pay for that view.

  16. Definitely will go n try the Super Big Prawn if go Miri nextime. XD~
    For the noodles or Vermicelli or yee mee or what so ever.. they a little bit over-priced for a restaurant in S’wak..
    Are they reli reli delicous??? heh heh..

  17. evil feline: Yeah, it is! It’s a nice place in Miri – very scenic. What is the beach around there called anyway? Tanjung or just Marina Bay?
    Good luck with your wedding photos! :)
    fish fish: Thanks! I am refining my camwhoring skillz to become the 1337 camwhore of the year. ;)
    You have a great (belated) weekend too.
    JW: Thanks, buddy! I agree, you get the relive the memories again when you look at the digicam pics. ;)
    But total memory loss is not cool though, it’s actually kinda depressing. I had that a couple of times a couple of years ago when I took too much (as in doses that would kill a small horse) benzodiazepines.
    Yeah, the food is a little on the high side. The ambience and presentation is great though.
    Roland: Well, it’s more like a quiet place people go, more for the ambience and conversation than anything. Kinda like country clubs, exclusive and condusive for conversation. We split the bill on this one.
    Marlboro Guy: Yeah, the view is great, the see breeze is refreshing, the sea spray is appetizing. The food is alright too, I wouldn’t say it was excellant but it tastes alright and I would go there for the ambience more than anything.
    butterscotch: Thanks, butterscotch! :)
    al’sera: Yeah, my pupils were all over the place. Major nysagamus the previous night, couldn’t focus my eyes at all. MDMA for sure, lasted 4 hours and The Great Depression three days after that. ;)
    Kim: Sorry! It’s coming up today after work, I promise. :)
    Darren: Hey, it’s great to meet up with you too Darren. See ya again when I’m in Miri.
    goolooloo: I didn’t notice the sign at all! I was looking somemore. :) The road leading in is kinda under construction and it’s going to be gated in the future, judging from the partially finished gates.
    Okay, I shall bring my passport the next time I go to Miri.
    jessy: Well, unless you have a GIGANTIC bedroom, this seahorse won’t fit inside. ;)
    willchua: Thanks, Will! Got it, will contact them when I go this weekend or the weekend after. Website URLs should work with the comments here. Anyway, thanks for getting the contact number for me. Cheers!
    aileen: Hmm…that works out to be around RM 70 per person. Quite expensive for the food you’re having, and a fruit platter for RM 66 per plate is a little on the high side. Especially with local fruits and kiwi!
    Yeah, I would go there for the ambience and the view. It’s a nice place for that, but the menu needs improvement since there’s not really a lot to choose from. It’s really quite limited for a restaurant of this class…
    Lainie: Indeed! It’s a great view, especially at night, or so I’m told.
    miumiu: It’s fully deshelled so it’s easy to eat. Juicy and tender too. ;)
    There are two sizes for the noodles/vermicilli – RM 30 for the single serving and RM 60 for a double serving. It’s not really that good, compared to other places but the place is nice, and the service is attentive and the view is great. That’ll probably be why people go. :)

  18. Dear Sir/Madam,
    I would like to book a table for two for a romantic aniversary for me and my husband on saturday the 28th November 2009 at 7 pm.
    Could you please confirm to my email address marcela51980@homail.com or to my mobile 006737149694 if this is possible.
    Thank you for your help
    Kind regards
    Marcela Gibson

  19. Marcela Gibson: Hello! I’ll be really glad to help you but I don’t have your number and the place doesnt belong to me.

  20. I really enjoy watching those pictures a very nice place and refreshing though.The restaurant seems so beautiful and had a unique ambience.IT WAS GREAT to be there someday.And eat seafoods dishes..whoaahh…yummy.

  21. leslie: Yeah, it’s a great place in Miri, right by the beach. Nice presentation for the food too! :)

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