Seaview Restaurant has come a long way since its humble beginning as a three single-storey shop lot at Kampung Merdeka. For those who do not know, the present premise was at one time a bar known as Blue Swan which later became known as The Flamingo dance hall, notoriously known for its strip-tease acts which had periodically featured none other than raunchy performances of Rose Chan and her troupe.
In addition to the restaurant in town, it has a huge banquet hall at Tanjong Labuh which can accommodate dinner for at least 1,500 people.
I have not had dinner at The Sea View Restaurant for a long time as my choice has always been The Ocean Restaurant at Jalan Shahbandar for its cozy atmosphere. It came as a surprise when I found out that it has introduced a lot more new dishes in its selection of food. My Singapore friend went overboard, I think, when he ordered too many dishes for the six of us. But he had an explanation: he wanted to try as many as possible so that he would know what to order the next time he comes back to Batu Pahat. Anyway, some of the offerings were good, some passable. But as far as food presentation is concerned, it has exceeded my expectation.