It might just be a port city thing, but we seem to really enjoy our seafood—especially crustaceans. This time, instead of the mainstay of the popular chilli crab, lobsters take the spotlight. The love seems to be international though, with a mix of global establishments from The Big Smoke to The Big Apple, as well as proudly homegrown brands. Here are five places to fulfil your lobster craving.
Fremantle Seafood Market
The Aussie-inspired Quay-side joint has just launched three new lobster rolls—Tom Yum Pumpkin Lobster Roll, Truffle Lobster Roll and Cayenne Lobster Roll. Served in individual portions (SGD22) and a taster platter of half portions of each (SGD28), the first of the three house-made specialty sauces is easily the favourite.
If your lobster withdrawal symptoms are a little more severe, the restaurant avails Boston Lobster with clams and mussels fresh from Ah Hua Kelong, Hoso prawns, corn, sausages, and deep-friend mantou for dipping in the variety of sauces for Lobster In A Bag (which also comes in Seafood and Crab options).
You've heard that the famed Maine-style lobster rolls of NYC have opened their first Southeast Asian outlet here in Singapore. Seating 17 (heard of safe distancing lately?), the interior mirrors the classic seafood shack and keeps its offerings to the brand's sustainable and traceable ethos. Signatures come in US size, as well as halves of each for Luke's Trio (SGD33.50) with equally generous servings of chilled lobster, shrimp, and crab that shouldn't be underestimated.
Nestled within the evenly buttered, griddled bun, the juicy seafood isn't overpowered by the marinate of mayonnaise, lemon butter, and secret seasoning. If you want to overdose, pair it with the Lobster Bisque or Clam Chowder, otherwise, pints by Little Creatures and Hoegaarden, or Luke's Homemade Lemonade for those who walk on the tart side.
Luke’s Lobster is located at Shaw House #01-K4, Singapore 238868.
Burger & Lobster
On the other side of the pond is the Mayfair-born restaurant that has been serving up all its name promises in its Southeast Asian flagship since last year. Atlantic lobsters come with Mac & Cheese, Rosti, even Laksa and Sambal-glazed for the local touch. At the Raffles Arcade outlet, you have up to four options on how you can get your lobster rolls—The Original, Surf & Turf with a mini Nebraskan beef patty, the Asian inspired Seven Samurai and the Californian inspired, well California Lobster roll.
Burger & Lobster is located at Jewel Changi #05-203, Singapore 819666 and 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719.
If you're accustomed to having the party at home as we've increasingly become, Jumbo Seafood's latest no dine-in concept lets you choose from four curated specialty packs (from SGD42) according to your seafood preference for. Wok-fried in sauce instead of boiled, the packs are drenched in a selection of Chilli Crab, Black Pepper, Mala, Creamy Butter, Sweet and Spicy, and Ginger Spring Onion. You can also complete the order with unique Asian side dishes such as Seafood Baked Rice with Chilli Crab Sauce, Sotong Dough Fritters, and more.
The Asia's 50 Best bar is still going with the oysters, cocktails, and 90-minute free flow champagne from SGD78 every Wednesday evening, but have added a treat on Fridays as well. From SGD48, you get two glasses of Gin and Tonic with an indulgent selection of fresh lobsters, snow crabs and prawns.
MO Bar is located at 5 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039797.