Saturday, 28 December 2013

Shell Out Seafood Restaurant @ Kota Damansara, Petaling Jaya

Shell Out is a first of it's kind Seafood Restaurant in Kota Damansara that had opened it's doors in June 2013. They offer a unique dining experience along with very fresh seafood that will get you all messy and crave for more.This restaurant is located quite close to Sunway Giza. I have heard about this restaurant and wanted to come here for some months now but just did not get the right company. Today, since my brother and father were in town, I decided to bring them over as I knew for a fact that they would love the food and the environment here. 

Shell Out in Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara

Entrance to the Restaurant

Lunch Promotions

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant

Interior of the Restaurant
As you walk in, you would immediately be attracted by the nautical ornamentation of fishing nest, lifebuoys and shellfish themed art work that would clearly suggest that it is all seafood here. You would also observe that there are no plates or cutlery here and that everyone eats with their hands and the food is served on the table. Shell Out practices a peculiar concept where they lay large waxed brown papers on the table and you eat off it. Well for me, it was definitely an interesting way to eat and I felt that that is how you should enjoy getting all messy. Do note that they do not have the Halal status as beer is served on their menu but I believe that our Muslim friends should be rather comfortable as they serve nothing but seafood here. The reception here is also very good and they are very quick to attend to you.

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu

The Menu
Their menu offers a variety of both imported and local seafood. You would have to choose the type of seafood, the quantity and then the flavours that you want them to be cooked in. They have five different flavours, Lemon Pepper, Butter Garlic, Curry Curry, Black Pepper and Shell Bang which is a combination of all the previous four in a single dish. To me, the prices seem very decent bearing in mind that these are all fresh and mostly imported stuffs. Besides seafood, they also offer some sides like vegetables, fries and garlic bread. 

Our Table

Seems That Even The Lamps Were Not Spared

All Set and Waiting
It was interesting to read all the lines that customers have penned on the furniture, walls and even the lamps and they all seemed appreciative of the food here. From the above photo, you can see that the waxed paper had already been laid out on our table and we were waiting for the dishes to arrive. Since it was the holiday season, the restaurant was full house and it took them roughly 30 minutes to send the food over. 

Fanta Orange @ RM 3.90

Coca Cola @ RM 3.90

Sky Juice @ RM 1.00
The drinks came fairly quickly but was slightly on the pricey side.

Food Delivered
This is how all the dishes were served.... in a plastic bag. Most people would just empty the bags onto the table and some of them would just rip it open and kinda have it from there. Very unconventional way of serving but hey, it was fun. 

Half Shell Scallop 250g cooked in Lemon Pepper Flavour @ RM 18.90

Closer Look at the Half Shell Scallops
Time to get the hands dirty. These half shell scallops were absolutely delicious. The Lemon Pepper sauce went perfectly well and it was really addictive. We choose for all the dishes to be medium spicy and the moment the bags were ripped open, the aroma was fantastic. I would rate this dish at 10/10. 

King Prawns (300g) in Butter Garlic Sauce @ RM 29.90 + Add Potatoes @ RM 1.50

Closer Look at The King Prawns and Potato
The King Prawns was another fantastic preparation. To add to the taste, we had asked them to add potatoes and that came at a small price but took the taste to different heights. The Butter Garlic Sauce was definitely the right choice to go with these King Prawns. Excellent dish. I would once again rate this at 10/10.

2 Indonesian Crabs in Shell Bang Sauce @ RM 28.00

Better Look at the Crabs
They were running a promotion for the crabs. Today it was 2 Indonesian Crabs at RM 28.00 and it was a good deal. Based on the recommendation from the owners, we went for the Shell Bang flavours which is a combination of all the available flavours and it was really good. My brother being a crab lover definitely had an enjoyable time with this dish. Mallets are also provided to break the shells. Once again, this dish deserves nothing less than 10/10.

Us Enjoying Our Meal

Meal in Progress
We all just enjoyed ourselves tonight as the food was really great. There was not a single dish that had disappointed us. 

Getting Messy

The Mess That We Left Behind
Overall, this is definitely a highly recommended place. On weekends and holiday seasons, do check out their Facebook page as they usually update any available promotions there. During the said days, it is also advisable to come early as they tend to get full house and food can take slightly longer to be served but the wait is definitely worth it. I would definitely return here soon for another seafood feast!

Address: 16-1, Jalan PJU 5/15, Dataran Sunway, Kota Damansara,
                47810 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.

Telephone: +603 7497 1137 & +6014 229 4286

Opening Hours: Mon - Thurs 1130 - 2200
                            Fri & Sat 1130 - 2300
                            Sunday 1700 - 2200


  1. is the food halal?

    1. They only serve seafood hence it is a Pork Free restaurant. But no, they do not have the Halal certification. This is based on my observation then, not sure if they have acquired now.

    2. understand it is a pork free but we don't know whether they put other non halal ingredients in the food.

    3. Oh yes, I would very much agree. That's why I didn't dare to say with conviction. :)

  2. hi, i would like to know whether the beer/wine mix together in to the food during cooking, as a part of the cooking/seasoning?

    1. Hi....from what I was told, no alcohol is added to the food. I do see quite a number of Muslim patrons too here. They have not got the Halal status simply because they serve alcohol on their menu but the food is strictly without it.

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