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“Yum yum seafood”

Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant
Ranked #10 of 15 Restaurants in Semporna
Cuisines: Chinese, Malaysian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
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Dining options: Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Located just beside Sipadan Inn II, in a relatively new development area of Semporna.We offer an Al Fresco dining environment with a superb seaview just outside our premises. Suitable for families, couples and groups of all ages.
China
Level 5 Contributor
43 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Yum yum seafood”
Reviewed 13 May 2013

This restaurant looks quite basic but the seafood was incredible fresh and full of diversity. Don't miss out the butter prawn, salted-egg squid as well as the fish and crab. It might be relatively pricey than the other restaurant nearby but it's still generally very reasonable.The service was quite alright too.

Visited April 2013
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Thank Luciemia
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OceanTreasure, Owner at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, 14 May 2013
Dear Luciemia,

We at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant will like to take this opportunity to thank you for your review on our restaurant.

We hope that you have had a great holiday experience in Semporna and its surrounding islands as well as a good al fresco dining experience with us too.

We do take your review with pride and we see it as an extra motivation for our staff to strive and provide even better services to all our friends and guests.

We promise to constantly upgrade our customer services and to have frequent new and interesting food menu to tantalise everyone's tastebuds.

Thank you!
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  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Sarnia, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
253 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
“Don't order the Mantis Shrimp”
Reviewed 17 April 2013

This is a very expensive item to order - based on it's weight - with very little meat on it. The taste was no different than any other shrimp. They did have very economical and delicious meals on their "set menu"

Visited April 2013
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OceanTreasure, Owner at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, 18 April 2013
Dear OntarioTravellers2,

Thank you for your review. As you do already know, we do have the widest varieties of live seafood in Semporna and all seafood are priced based on their weight.

Additionally, all live seafood prices as well as other food & drinks are priced clearly and we do not charge any extra fees for the cooking of the live seafood picked by our customers.

Beside seafood, we do have economical food such as fried noodles, chicken dishes, tofu, omelettes and many others. We are proud to say that we cater to all our guests and friends of all preferences and budgets.

We once again thank you for praising that our food are delicious and I'm sure all the kitchen staff will be happy to hear about this as they take pride in giving our friends and guests only the best!

Thank you.
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singapore
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great dissappointment”
Reviewed 27 February 2013

Wondering if the chef is the same as described by those reviewers in year 2012? We did not enjoy those foods served by this restaurant at all.

Salt & pepper squid - the usual aroma of salt & pepper wasn't there, some of us even mistaken it as squid cooked in butter

Black pepper crab - never had this dish served in so watery form, fragrance & spice of pepper totally missing

"Gan Xiang" crab - again, tasted nothing like the usual "Gan Xiang", watery

*the crabs look big but empty inside…*

Prawn in butter (wet type) - wondered if the chef's taste bud is normal, this dish tasted just like eating spoonful of sugar

Steam fish - no comment, not delicious but at least tasted normal

Sambal paku-pakis - the vegetable served has grown too “old” to be eaten, the stems are hard. Again, the dish was watery, fragrance of sambal gone.

Steam-egg – ordered normal steam egg but “steam-egg with century & salted egg” was served. However, they managed to change for us. Salt in the dish has not spread evenly, some of us said it was tasteless and some said, too salty.

Bitter gourd with salted egg – taste the same as the sauce for prawn in butter sauce, spoonful of sugar. This was served when we have almost finishing our meal, explanation given was, the receptionist has omitted this when keying our order.

As per the previous reviews, the seafood served in this restaurant is quite pricey as compared to those in KL& JB, but, the put-off factor is the quality of foods.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank moonfish80
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OceanTreasure, Owner at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, 28 February 2013
Dear Moonfish80,

We have looked into your complaints and have identified with our Restaurant Supervisor who has attended to you and your friends while you patronised our restaurant during the chinese new year period.

My Restaurant Supervisor has informed me about the incident where he mistakenly written three yolk steamed egg whereby you have ordered steamed egg instead. We believed that issue has been resolved when we changed our order and served you with the steamed egg as requested.

As for the taste of our food, we do have customers telling us that the food aren't salty or flavourful enough while others telling us that our food are salty and too much flavourful that it covers the original taste of the fresh seafood.

As we do serve not only the local Malaysians, we also served all other foreign friends and guests from over the world such as Europe, America, Australia, Japan, Korea, China and also South East Asia among others. Hence naturally, all our friends and guests from over the world do have their own unique preference and taste in regards to the food they eat.

To keep our check and balance on the taste of our food, we do serve our fresh seafood which has our own unique taste and style, and which is more biased towards Malaysian Chinese & China Cantonese style. As for our Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng, we serve it in local malay style which proved to be very popular among our Malay friends and guests.

However, we the management and staff do accept all comments from our privileged guests regarding our food as we know that our priority is to provide all our guests with an exceptional dining experience in terms of customer services, food quality, staff efficiency and also dining ambience.

Hence, we will like to apologize sincerely to you and we hope you do accept our apology. We will strive to cater to each individual guests' unique taste and preference and will strive to understand more about our guests' needs and requirements in the future.

Thank you.
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
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“Turn off by the exhorbitant prices for those live seafood”
Reviewed 3 February 2013

Just walk in and walk out having noted the prices for those live seafood markedly higher than those at Tawau

Visited January 2013
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Thank HuiAllan
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OceanTreasure, Owner at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, 13 February 2013
Dear HuiAllan,

Thank you for your review.

We understand that pricing of our food are subjective to personal opinions from our guests. I have personally hear from some customers who said that our food are very cheap and under-priced while some have told us that it is expensive.

However, please rest assured that all our pricing are comparable to the other restaurants in Semporna. Although our pricing may be on the higher end, we are different from the other restaurants in that we provide an exceptional experience which you will not find elsewhere in Semporna.

We will like to inform your good self that all the prices of our live seafood and all other food that we serve are being shown clearly in either the aquariums (for live seafood) or on the menu (for all other food & drinks).

We are proud to say that we are the only chinese restaurant in Semporna which have all prices clearly shown either on the menu or the aquariums and there are never any discrepancy in pricing. We do guarantee a consistent and same pricing for all our food served whether to tourists or to the locals & we take pride in informing you that we are the only restaurant in Semporna that has computerised VPos system in place and hence all our prices are fixed.

Additionally, you will be pleased to know that we are the most well stocked restaurant for live seafood and unlike the traditions in other chinese restaurants in Semporna, we do not impose any additional surcharge to all our customers even for special occasions like Chinese New Year.

To have a look at our menu pricing, we will like to invite you to check out our facebook page "Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant (海中宝)".

Thank you.
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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 reviews
“live seafood is caught with cyanide”
Reviewed 16 January 2013

You didn't know that - the fishers use cyanide as an anesthetic - kills all the small fish and the big ones survive long enough to be eaten.

Visited October 2012
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Thank michael s
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OceanTreasure, Owner at Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant, responded to this review, 18 January 2013
Dear Michael,

We will like to address your concern & will like to let you know that the management & staff of Ocean Treasure Live Seafood Restaurant are very strongly against illegal fishing, unsustainable fishing, cyanide or fish bombing.

We will like to let you know that all our live seafood are sourced in Semporna to support the local fishing community.

Most importantly, majority of our live seafood are bought from sustainable fish breeding farm while minority of the live seafood are sold to us by fishermen.

Please rest assured that we have the expertise & knowledge to differentiate fishes that are caught by line hooks or fishes that are poisoned by cyanide. We, by all means will never compromise or resolve to buying cyanide poisoned fishes or any unsustainable fishes.

We hereby hope that this issue will fully solved & like to give all our guests & friends an assurance and a peace of mind when they dine with us in the future.

Thank you.
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