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 one popular national dish, lobsters take the spotlight. With the highly anticipated Luke Lobster's making their debut here all the way from the Big Apple, we celebrate their arrival with a list of the best places you can sink your pincers into.
Not to spit a cliche, but the wait is over. The famed Maine-style lobster rolls of NYC are set to open the doors—their first in Southeast Asia—on 23 September. 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.
The 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. The establishment will be rolling out more to look forward to in the menu soon (hint: gooey) so stay tuned.
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.
Fremantle Seafood Market
To commemorate their 10th anniversary, Fremantle Seafood Market is holding a 50% discount off their live whole lobsters prepared in two styles and served with mushroom, baby potatoes, corn, and mixed salad. The promotion is limited to one table and runs until 11 October.
If you're up for more, get Canadian oysters with five curated sauces, try the Signature Fremantle Snow Crab Cakes, or the new Lemon Garlic Butter Mussels/Clams. Better yet, pull out all the stops with the Fremantle Hot Seafood Platter, a glorious medley of crispy soft-shell crab, grilled barramundi fillet, white wine mussels, Rockefeller baked oyster, grilled garlic butter king prawn, and baked Chilean scallop.
Fremantle Seafood Market is located at 3E River Valley Road #01-05, Singapore 179024.
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.