This is the season for coming together, and what better way to do that then through a good deal? So gather your friends and family for this all you can eat crab and lobster feast from Neptune’s chain of Chinese restaurants. Never have I see such a deal else where.
I was invited down to their Burnaby location for a sneak peek of what this amazing promotions entails. But it is worth mentioning that their all you can eat lobster/crab deal will only be available at the following 3 locations.
Grand Neptune Restaurant
📍4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC
Neptune Seafood Restaurant
📍Central Blvd, Burnaby, BC
Neptune Seafood Restaurant
📍2929 Barnet Hwy #1046, Coquitlam, BC
This promotion started Tuesday, November 28th and will be running for 2 weeks, or until supplies run out. Although the show runners do not image this happening as they have ordered 300 cases to accommodate all the appetites. The expectation is that you order as you go, choosing one of the 5 varieties of crab and lobster, finishing it and then ordering another.
The all you can eat crab menu is $88 per person, whereas crab and lobster will be $98 per person. Therefore it is best to spend the $10 extra and get both, in my opinion. Kids 3 and under eat for free and those from 4-10 it will be $49 per child.
Not only is it all you can eat crustaceans, but you can also order as many of the menu’s listed accompanying dishes as well. There are slight variations between the crab only and crab plus lobster menu. To give you a look at the scope of this, we ordered almost one of everything.
From the snack menu there was Marinated Black Fungus served cold and seasoned in a light sweet soy. This offered a nice crunchy chew.
The Marinated Cucumber w/ Garlic is a classic. Crunchy and spicy they provided a nice fiery palate refresher in between bites.
The Chicken feet marinated in pickled chilli was the the most appealing in its stark white hue. I have never eaten pickled chicken feet like this. The skin was more gelatinous and hard to pry from tiny bone. Not one I would order again.
The Chef’s Special Pork Hock was similar in texture and taste. Pickled white and tough. Not a dish you want to eat in public as it required a lot of strength and tension to pry fat and meat from bone. No way to eat this daintily.
The Pickled Radish was seasoned in a sweet soy, not a side you eat in conjunction with anything else, but one that offered a break from rich flavours with a salty tang.
The Deep Fried Vegetable Spring Roll was familiar with crispy shell surrounding julienned vegetables, served with soy for dip. This was as expected, but I would have liked a sweet chilli dip for this instead.
There is also a Smoked Duck Breast w/ Wakame Salad option, that we did not get.
For soup everyone’s favourite was the Hot and Sour with plenty of julienne bamboo shoots.
For something more milder there is Seafood Tofu Soup that was satisfyingly warming.
From the stir fry menu the Stir Fried Garlic Caulifiower was the less commonly seen green variety, offering a lovely crisp and a nice accompaniment to both crab and lobster.
The Stir Fried Eggplant & Green Bean was another nice vegetable option with crisp beans and tender, perfectly prepared segments of firm eggplant.
The Pineapple Sweet & Sour Pork was another familiar classic, and a dish I often order as a good gauge of any restaurant. In this case the pork bits were chewy with an even breading and a generous amount of sticky sweet, syrupy sauce coating them. And as is common there were more pieces of coloured pepper and onion, than pork and pineapple.
The Stir Fried Salted Egg Fish Skins were a table favourite. Evenly coated in the unique flavour of savoury salted egg. So crunchy and so enjoyable to eat, I could have had the whole serving to myself.
We didn’t have the Deep Fried Pork Chop w/ Salt & Pepper, but did try the Sweet & Sour Pork Chop. Similar to the pork above, but in larger slabs, the meat was much more tender and fatty. I preferred this plate out of the two.
The Shrimp & BBQ Pork Singapore Fried Vermicelli was thin and wispy strands amongst julienne vegetables and shrimp. I didn’t make out much for the BBQ pork.
I really enjoyed the texture of the Stir Fried Sticky Rice as a nice base. This one was sweetened with soy.
The more common Shrimp & BBQ Pork Fried Rice was a just as good alternative.
Although enjoyed the Stir Fry Thick Rice Noodles w/ Pickled Veggies even more for its chewy tapioca-like texture.
As for the seafood features, both the crab and lobster came in the same 6 available flavours. Each in its entirety including head, chopped into easy to handle sections. Served with two pronged forks, nut crackers, and individual wet wipes.
The table was enthralled with the Salt & Pepper Crab/Lobster w/ Fries. I have never seen fries served at a Chinese restaurant, let alone with crab like this. Not too many sticks, but each carefully placed for quite the spectacle. Then topped with stir fried minced garlic and chilli for an explosive flavour.
Although my favourite was the Stir Fried Crab/Lobster w/ Rice Cake in Soy Sauce. I liked how the soft chew of the rice cake slices were in direct contrast to the hard shell we had to break into to access the sweet crab and/or lobster meat within.
The Crab/Lobster in Cream Sauce w/ E-fu Noodle was the dish everyone was most familiar with. Plenty of lush cream pooled at the bottom to fully coat the thick strands of noodle that resembled udon.
The Spicy Crab/Lobster w/ Vermicelli had a similar seasoning to the one with fries, but with noodles as its starch instead.
Crab/Lobster in Supreme Broth was nice. All crab or lobster in a syrup-like, thicker sauce to lick your fingers clean of.
And the Ginger-Scallion Crab/Lobster was similar, but with the inclusion of the ginger and scallion, as the name suggests.
You pick your favourite and commit to finishing it, but save room for dessert as that is included with the all you can eat set as well. The Mango Pomelo Sago is the popular choice, offering a nice fresh element to end you meal on. They also have a Milk Pudding w/ Coconut Jelly and Lychee & Osmanthus Gelatin that would offer a similar effect.
Not on the set all you can eat crab and/or crab & lobster menu, but worth ordering and trying, because they are so darn cute is the Osmanthus jelly rabbits that jiggle. Not too sweet, more neutral with a fun texture to chew through.
There is also a citrusy passion fruit mousse, recreated to resemble a sliced in half fruit.
This special menu will only be available from
3pm until closing, with seatings limited to 90 minutes to order all you want and to eat all you can. Reservations are highly recommended due to limited availability, plus the fact that larger parties are booking for Christmas parties.
Please be mindful groups of 8 more will be subjected to 18% auto gratuity, and there will be a wastage policy in effect to ensure guests are not over ordering and having food go to waste. Excessive food wastage may result in an additional fee and there may also be a separate charge for those who wish a container to pack what remains to go.
In conclusion, Neptune Seafood Restaurant is a great option for your next family dinner, and even more so now, given this amazing all you can eat luxury menu. Be sure to book your dinner soon.
Grand Neptune Seafood Restaurant
4331 Dominion St, Burnaby, BC V5G 1C7