7 Best Seafood Restaurants in Singapore Right Now
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April 06, 2022
Located strategically between the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea, a big part of Singapore’s cuisine is inspired by its bountiful waters. Imagine the island’s iconic dishes: laksa, chilli crab, and fish head curry — each dish highlights fresh seafood beautifully accentuated by local herbs and spices.
Singapore is a treasure trove of promising seafood paradises, and to make your job easier, we have curated a list of the 7 best seafood restaurants [updated 2022] here on the island.
- Authentic Singapore dining experience: When Palm Beach opened its doors more than half a century ago, the goal was for each dish to “embody the spirit of Singapore and her culture”. This has proven to be a winning feat, especially considering the warm reception that the locals have given to their signature dishes such as Chili Crab, Black Pepper Crab, and Coco-Lobo.
- Birthplace of the Chili Crab: One of Singapore’s national dishes, the Chili Crab, is believed to have been conceived in the kitchen of Palm Beach. The restaurant is not only credited to be the originator of this dish, but also recognized for serving one of the absolute best on the entire island. Palm Beach’s Chili Crab has consistently made appearances in yearly Top 10’s.
- More than just crab: Palm Beach’s crab dishes are a must-try, but there is still an abundant selection of seafood and non-seafood dishes on their menu such as the Japanese Spiky Sea Cucumber, Braised Whole Abalone with French Foie Gras, Boston Lobster in Laksa Broth, Honey Tangy Barramundi, and Crispy Fragrant Duck.
MENU: Palm Beach’s menu features an honest-to-goodness seafood festival with a few meat and vegetable dishes thrown in for good measure. From appetizers to cold platters to entrees, noodles, and desserts, you will be treated to classic Singaporean flavors.
- Palm Beach Signature Chili Crab
- Honey Tangy Barramundi
- Coco Lobo
LOOK & FEEL: One more thing to love about Palm Beach is the sweeping views of the Singapore skyline, which is more gorgeous at sunset. With indoor and al fresco dining choices, your views are just as spectacular as your food.
NOTE: Set menus are available for parties of 8 and above.
- Buses: 139, 143, 195, 32, 502 (3-min walk from The Herencia bus stop)
- Nearest MRT station: Fort Canning (DT20)
- Premium live lobsters at great value: Pince & Pints takes pride in their wealth of high-grade live lobsters that they transform into delectable dishes including an array of lobster rolls, unadulterated steamed or grilled lobster, and whole chilli lobster.
- Surf & Turf: Lobster is indeed Pince & Pints’ speciality but they also wish to give their customers the best of both worlds which is why they have Surf & Turf, half grilled lobster accompanied by a choice between a rib-eye steak and a lamb rack, fries, chef’s salad, herb butter, and butter sauce.
- Sustainable fishing and harvesting practices: It’s not only about serving premium lobsters at the restaurant, but also making sure that they source their live lobsters from suppliers that strictly practice sustainable fishing and harvesting measures. This is part of the commitment that they make both to their patrons and the environment.
MENU: Quality over quantity is the general theme at Pince & Pints. With only 11 items on their menu—7 of which are lobster dishes—you are promised stellar gourmet dishes that you would want to keep coming back for.
- Truffle Lobster Roll (S$68)
- Lobster Noodle (S$58)
- Surf & Turf (S$65)
- Live Oysters (starts at S$7)
LOOK & FEEL: Modern interiors with lobster-centric decors, Pince & Pints’ ambiance perfectly matches their streamlined gourmet menu.
NOTE: It’s Ladies’ Day all day every Wednesday where female diners are treated to a $10-discount on Lobster Rolls.
- Buses: 80, 145 (1-min walk from bus stop B05271)
- Nearest MRT station: Tanjong Pagar (EW15)
- Local and Western spices: The star of any show is able to shine because of its supporting characters, and in the magnificent show of a good seafood boil, the playful harmony of spices masterfully accentuates live, fresh seafood. The Boiler’s secret spice blend is a fusion of 11 Asian and American spices and ingredients that the owner hand-picks and packs each night.
- Premium and Specialty Sets: The Boiler’s premium and speciality sets are the most festive way to sample the best on their menu—from starters that include crab cakes, wings, and fried oysters to speciality seafood boil that is composed of live Dungeness crab, live Boston lobster, prawns, mussels, clams, smoked sausage, pearl sweet corn, and buns, and right down to dessert.
- Craft and draft beer: What pairs well with sumptuous seafood boil? A cold mug (or two or three) of good beer. The Boiler offers an assortment of craft and draft beer including Stone IPA, one of the best-selling IPAs in the world for its gorgeous blend of tropical, citrusy, and piney flavors and aromas.
MENU: There’s more to love on The Boiler’s menu than just mouthwatering seafood boil. The menu is generally inspired by Louisiana soul food where you will find starters such as spicy wings, jumbo crab cakes (paired with kimchi remoulade for an Asian touch), and fried oysters. It also has a touch of Asian influence—teriyaki chicken karaage don with onsen egg and miso-dijon salmon in its main selection. They also offer an assortment of pasta, salad, and desserts.
- Bombdiggity Bag with Sauce of the Month (sharing for 4, S$159)
- Signature Haddock Fish & Chips (S$17.90)
- The Boiler’s Ultimate Burger (S$15.90)
- Chocolate Molten Lava Cake (S$11.90)
LOOK & FEEL: The most important fixture in The Boiler @ Howard Road is every sturdy wooden dining table that bears the grunt of each pound of the seafood mallet. With huge glass windows and industrial metal accents, The Boiler’s ambience focuses rather on the festive dining experience than on fancy fixtures and interiors.
NOTE: Watch out for their “Sauce of the Month” for a wonderful explosion of surprising flavors.
- Buses: 28, 62, 70, 8, 80, 90 (4-min walk from Macpherson Road bus stop)
- Nearest MRT station: Tai Seng (CC11)
- Signature Chinese classics: Majestic Bay is more than just a “great Chinese restaurant”, it has grown to be an institution by which Chinese cooking standards are measured. Patrons do not even have to check the Bay’s menu because they know all the excellent signature dishes by heart: Pan-seared Signature Chili Crab Meat Buns, Stewed Boston Lobster with Ee-fu Noodles, and Peking Duck with Lychee Pancakes among others.
- Celebrations menu: The Bay makes it easy for diners to celebrate momentous events with three choices from their Celebrations menu. Each choice features some of Majestic Bay’s well-loved appetizers and entrees along with free-flow Chinese tea and a bottle of wine.
- Special dietary menus: Majestic Bay also curates special dietary menus for patrons with specific concerns—Chinese vegetarian menu, non-seafood menu, gluten-free menu, and a Halal menu.
MENU: Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant’s menu has an extensive list of traditional dim sum and seafood entrees, but also features dishes not typically found in Chinese restaurants such as Salted Egg Crispy Fish Skin, Chilled Tofu with Century Egg, and Wasabi Prawns.
- Crispy Baby Squids (S$15)
- Black Peppered Crab (S$95.60)
- Salted Egg Yolk Crab (S$95.60)
- Whole Fish in Clay Pot (S$48)
LOOK & FEEL: Marina Bay has a cool nautical theme complete with varying sizes of mirrors adorning its walls. With a waterfront view of the actual Marina Bay, the restaurant provides a fitting backdrop to its delicious seafood offerings.
NOTE: Marina Bay has an all-you-can-eat menu that is available at lunch and dinner.
- Buses: 400, 77, 97, 97E (3-min walk from The Canopy/Flower Dome)
- Nearest MRT station: Bayfront (CE1|DT16)
- Birthplace of Deep-fried Prawns with Wasabi-mayo Sauce: In 2000, TungLok created this innovative dish and immediately gained a cult following. Consistently voted as a must-try, fresh succulent prawns are fried golden and then slathered with a wasabi-infused mayo dressing.
- Ala carte deluxe lunch and dinner buffet menus: Starting at only S$38.80 for lunch and S$58.80 for dinner, diners are treated to TungLok’s best-sellers at an affordable cost. The menu features their specials, Japanese cold cuts, appetizers, traditional Chinese entrees, rice, noodles, and dim sum, and desserts.
- Events and catering: Voted the Best Caterer in Singapore in 2009 by Singapore Tatler and AsiaOne People’s Choice, TungLok Catering has served quite a number of private and commercial events including the prestigious Singapore F1 Grand Prix (Formula One).
MENU: TungLok Seafood’s offerings are tailor-fitted to the discriminating Singaporean tastebuds. The menu showcases a wealth of seafood dishes that marry the freshness of the bounty with distinct traditional flavors.
- Deep-fried Prawn with Wasabi-mayo Sauce (S$26)
- Sauteed Scallop with X.O. Sauce (S$30)
- TungLok Seafood Platter (S$68)
- TungLok Signature Chili Crab (Starts at S$8.80/100 grams)
LOOK & FEEL: The moment you step inside the doors of TungLok, you will readily notice all the tell-tale signs you’re in a Chinese restaurant—round Lazy Susan tables, upholstered chairs, and crustacean tanks.
NOTE: Reservations are highly encouraged.
- Buses: 106, 175, 36B, 502 (3-min walk from bus stop 09038)
- Nearest MRT station: Somerset (NS23)
- Home of the Shimmering Sand Crab Delight: This Uncle Leong signature dish made the restaurant an important fixture in the local seafood scene. The star of the dish is an above-average sized crab that delightfully swims in a creamy buttery sauce, generously sprinkled with golden oats.
- Premium menu: Uncle Leong Seafood gained popularity for its noteworthy but affordable dishes. However, they do have a premium menu for patrons who wish to splurge a little on upscale dishes such as Braised Baby Abalone, Superior Treasures Soup, and Braised Superior Shark’s Fin Soup.
- Excellent set menu: Starting at S$188, Uncle Leong has set menus that are perfect for patrons who want to do away with the pressure of ordering dishes. Of course, each set menu option features their signature Shimmering Sand Crab Delight.
MENU: Uncle Leong has an extensive menu that features a long list of crab, premium dishes, fish, prawn, seafood, meat, vegetables, bean curd, soup, noodles, rice, and dessert.
- Shimmering Sand Crab Delight
- Claypot Red Grouper in Canto Style
- Guinness Pork Rib
- Coconut Pudding with Ice Cream
LOOK & FEEL: Uncle Leong at Anchorpoint does not look like your typical Chinese restaurant. With modern accents such as overhead lamps, what could be your only indication you are in a Chinese restaurant is that distinct seafood aroma emanating from the kitchen.
NOTE: Free island-wide delivery
- Buses: 105, 155, 238, 93 (2-min walk from bus stop 52381)
- Nearest MRT station: Braddell (NS18)
- Western menu: Yielding to high Australian cooking standards, Fremantle uses delicate flavors to allow the essence of seafood to shine through in every dish. This guarantees that all other accompanying ingredients accentuate the fleshy, briny seafood instead of overpowering it.
- Freshest seafood air-flown to Singapore: “Freshest” is the only standard allowed at Fremantle, which is why their seafood is regularly air-flown to the island, transferred to their live seafood gallery, and then plucked out only when it is about to go to the stove.
- Seafood in a Bag: Until the end of 2020, Fremantle offers Seafood in a Bag, a hodgepodge of seafood, corn, sausages, and deep-fried buns that comes with your choice of sauce: Cajun tomato, garlic butter, black pepper, and chilli crab.
MENU: Fremantle’s menu has a bit of something-something to satisfy whatever craving you might have: incredibly fresh oysters, sashimi, mussels and clams, soup, salad, appetizers and sides, pizza and pasta, mains, and dessert.
- FSM Barramundi Fish & Chip (S$18)
- Live Boston Lobster Roll (S$72)
- Roasted Whole Seabass (S$52)
- Signature Fremantle Snow Crab Cakes (S16)
LOOK & FEEL: Fremantle’s look and feel is exactly that of a seafood market—open-air, unpretentious tables and chairs, and a team that is eager to share with you their fresh catch.
AVERAGE PRICE/PAX: S$42
NOTE: Take advantage of their rewards program to earn rebates and gain access to special promotions.
- Buses: 143, 147, 197, 2 (2-min walk from bus stop 04211)
- Nearest MRT station: Clarke Quay (NE5)
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