By Julian Chua
Delve into a little of Singapore’s history and you will soon discover that this country was once a sleepy island with a large population of hardworking fishermen who made their living fishing at sea.
Although that era is long gone, the seafood eateries across this corner of Asia are a reminder of this significant part of Singapore’s historical tapestry. It’s not surprising, then, that there are some truly fantastic, hidden eatery gems, serving up some of Singapore’s finest catch-of-the-day.
Here are five highly recommended seafood spots to visit.
This restaurant, with its nautical Mediterranean vibes and spacious al fresco dining, has a bright and breezy setting with a seafront view of Keppel Marina. It makes a great place for a lunch or casual dinner that’s very much seafood-centric. With a menu that features a range of fresh and wholesome choices, from freshly shucked oysters to grilled whole red snappers, it’s hard to resist. Highly recommended items on the menu include Grilled Sea Bass and The Fisherman’s Feast, a sharing platter comprising of shrimps, mussels, clams, squid and seasonal fish, on a bed of linguini.
2 Keppel Vista, Marina @ Keppel Bay
Pince & Pints
Anyone who’s a lobster lover should head over to this niche eatery on Duxton Road that specializes in high-quality, classic Maine lobster dishes. Its regular import of freshly caught lobsters, shipped in from Massachusetts, Maine, and Canada twice weekly, is testament to its impressive quality control. Get ready to choose from a range of lobster dishes, that include lobster rolls, grilled lobsters, chili lobsters and many more savory dishes. If you’re feeling adventurous, how about lobster mac and cheese?
32-33 Duxton Road
Never fear, we’re not talking about whale meat here! This modern and breezy 40-seater Seattle-inspired seafood restaurant puts emphasis on its fresh and affordable oyster menu. Flown in all the way from the US Pacific Northwest, these oysters come from areas known for its quality produce such as Hama Hama, North Bay and Fanny Bay. They also make an impressive array of seafood-themed cocktails that pack a serious punch to pair with your food and sip along to their 80s and 90s classic rock playlist.
18-20 Bukit Pasoh Road
Whether you’re an American expat or tourist, this casual seafood joint may just make you feel right at home. Located in an industrial park at Tai Seng area, they have an entire menu dedicated to dishes from the Southern regions of the US and specialize in authentic, Cajun seafood boiled to perfection (hence the restaurant’s name!). Its open-plan interior, high ceilings, modern finishings and floor-to-ceiling windows make for a pleasant ambiance; an oasis set among the monochromatic surroundings of the industrial park. Some excellent menu picks to try include Bacon, Prawn and Boston Lobster in Garlic Butter, Cajun Seafood Boil and Bombdiggity Bag, a sharing plate for four, piled with Dungeness or seasonal crab, shrimps, mussels, clams, sausages, corns and buns.
18 Howard Road
8 Raffles Ave
Are you looking for a completely unique seafood experience? Look no further than Majestic Bay, a ship deck-inspired seafood restaurant serving exquisite contemporary Chinese dishes at Gardens By The Bay. The ocean-going concept, along with a breathtaking waterfront view of Marina Bay and relaxed, neutral vibes set the tone for a visually and gastronomically spectacular dining experience. Some must-try uniquely Singaporean-inspired dishes on the menu with a twist, include: Kopi Crab, cooked in a special sauce made with coffee beans; Crispy Shrimp in Peanut Satay Sauce; and Singapore Laksa Xiao Long Bao.
18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-10