Located 35km south of Desaru and 80km from Johor is Sungai Rengit, the town centre of Pengerang. The town’s claim to fame is its lobsters, cooked in any style imaginable by the many seafood restaurants there. At RM 200 ($65.50) per kilo, lobsters here are cheaper than in JB and needless to say, Singapore where can expect to pay <$80 for a lobster. For an affordable lobster feast, here are some seafood restaurants in Sungai Rengit you should visit.
1. Beautiful Village Seafood Restaurant 美乡村海鲜楼
This restaurant serves up fresh lobsters at RM200 ($65.50)/kg and mini lobsters at about RM160 ($52.50)/kg. Mostly frequented by local patrons, the restaurant gets crowded from 5pm onwards. Here, you can enjoy lobsters steamed, grilled, stir-fried or in a delicious seafood soup.
Address: Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81620 Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia
Open: Monday – Wednesday and Friday – Saturday from 10:30am to 8:45pm. Thursday from 10am to 9:30pm. Closed on Sundays.
2. Jade Garden Seafood Corner
This is the largest and most famous seafood restaurant in town. Enjoy a seafood indulgence in a large air-conditioned hall by the seafront. The restaurant prides itself on farming its lobsters and offers choices of lobsters fresh from their tanks ranging from about RM150 ($50) per kg to RM180 ($60)/kg. Some of the lobster dishes here include Lobster in Superior Broth, Cereal Lobster, Salt and Pepper Boston Lobsters.
Address: Lot 4785, No. 1, Jalan Siakap, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81620
Open: Daily from 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
3. Super Lobster Restaurant
Located a 30-minute drive from Hard Rock Hotel Desaru, Super Lobster Restaurant is one of the most well-known lobster restaurants in Pengerang. Customers love Super Lobster for great food at reasonable prices. At about RM210 ($70)/kg, the lobsters are picked live from the tank before cooking to ensure freshness. You can indulge in lobsters cooked in various styles, but the herbal lobster soup here is a must-have.
Address: No. 7, Jalan Jenahak, Kampung Sungai Rengit, Bandar Penawar 81600
Open: Daily from 11am to 10pm
4. You Kee Seafood Restaurant
You Kee serves up baby lobsters at RM170/kg fried in butter or it’s signature claypot steamed lobster with a delectable broth poured over before serving. This restaurant gives you more value for money if you’re dining in a big group and ordering several dishes or bigger portions.
Address: Johor, Pengerang, Sungai Rengit, Jalan Panta, 81620, Malaysia
Open: Daily from 10am to 10pm
5. Sin Kong 新光海鲜酒楼
Sin Kong serves wild-caught lobsters, so you can expect them to be smaller in size than the ones from other lobster restaurants. However, the lobsters here are relatively cheaper, which is one of the main draws of this restaurant. Served kopitiam tzi-char style, you can have lobsters steamed or fried in butter. One of its signature dishes that customers have been raving about is the lobster soup cooked for 2 hours with 5-6 different herbs for the fragrant aroma and sweet briny flavour.
Address: Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Pengerang, Johor, Malaysia
Open: Daily from 10:30am to 11:45pm
6. Warung Lobster Melayu Tepian Pantai Sungai Rengit
Famous for its salted egg lobster, Warung Lobster Melayu is a halal seafood restaurant with a sea view. Order lobsters of different sizes fresh from the aquarium and have it your way, whether it’s lobster goreng butter, lobster masak black pepper sambal or the signature lobster masak telur masin. Prices are seasonal so check with the waiter before placing your order.
Address: JP 15 Jalan PANTAI, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Open: Tuesday to Saturday from 1pm to 11:30pm, Sunday from 12:30pm to 11:30pm. Closed on Sunday.
7. 皇朝海鮮樓 SR Dynasty Seafood Restaurant
This restaurant serves a lobster in rich creamy butter sauce, lobster in the restaurant’s “special sauce” and its signature lobster noodles in egg white gravy, which are highly recommended by customers. You can have your lobster feast in air-conditioned comfort in the restaurant, but if you’d rather enjoy your meal with a view of the sea accompanied by the sea breeze, head to the back of the restaurant.
Address: 68, Jalan Siakap, Kampung Sungai Rengit, 81600 Bandar Penawar, Johor, Malaysia
Open: Daily from 10:30am to 10:30pm