Ahoy, seafoodies! Taste the finest fresh seafood dishes in Singapore like fish head curry, chilli crab, cereal prawn and more at these restaurants and hawker centre stalls.
Dry land has brought us many a culinary delight, from foie gras to grain-fed steak, and more truffle dishes than you can shake a stick at. But if you’re tired of terrestrial offerings or fancy yourself an aficionado of aquatic bounties, dive right into our mega list of these seafood restaurants in Singapore.
Sabio by The Sea
Must try: Paella de pescado
Spanish seafood is best enjoyed with a cool sea breeze drifting through an alfresco dining area, so if you want to try this Mediterranean delight, make your way to Sabio by The Sea at Sentosa. This new Spanish tapas bar does up mighty good pans of seafood paella chock-full of squid, sea bass, mussels, clams and shrimp, as well as a black squid ink variant.
Sabio by the Sea, 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098373, p. 6690 7568
Seattle Pike Chowder
Must try: Clam chowder
What’s not to love about this hearty New England staple? It’s rich, creamy, chock-full of clams and it’ll fill you up proper. This import from the famed Pike Place Market in Seattle will hook you up with a thick sourdough bread bowl filled with either a New England- (cream-based) or Manhattan-style (tomato-based) clam chowder. Rest assured, these folks don’t skimp on the fresh clam chunks.
Seattle Pike Chowder, 1 Marine Parade Central #01-05 Parkway Centre, Singapore 449408
Must try: Boiler’s specialty set
Always trust a seasoned backyard cook to know how to take care of ravenous, food-longing masses. Dive into pepper-buttered platters of Dungeness crabs, mussels and clams – all cooked and served together in a scrumptious, messy medley that will definitely get your hands dirty.
The Boiler, 18 Howard Road, #01-06 Novelty Bizcentre, Singapore 369585 and 8 Raffles Ave, #01-13A Esplanade Mall, Singapore 039802
Ocean Curry Fish Head
Must try: Fish head curry
We love delving into the heartlands to suss out great eats, and one of our best finds is Ocean Curry Fish Head. Well known for its fish head curry, this food stall is where we (and nearly everyone else – the queue is never ending!) go when we’re craving a lunchtime curry fix.
Ocean Curry Fish Head, various locations.
Must try: Chilli crab
Awarded the Michelin Plate by Singapore Michelin Guide, Mellben Seafood is definitely your go-to when your crab craving demands to be satisfied. When you’re done liberating flesh from the shell, make sure you’ve got a plate of fried buns (or man tou) to soak up all that spicy sweet gravy.
Mellben Seafood, 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, St 22, #01-1222, Singapore 560232
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse
Must try: Fresh oysters
Founded by Boston’s culinary genius, Travis Masiero, expect top-notch seafood and meats at this New York-style restaurant. Oysters are sourced directly from Travis’s personal contacts along the Eastern seaboard of America, which means you’ll be slurping the very best of the lot.
Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chop House, various locations.
Must try: Lobster biryani
Como Cuisine, known for its wholesome dishes that are light and healthy, has recently revamped its menu with hearty dishes, thanks to Bhutanese-native Chef Tshering Lhaden. Having worked in Como’s overseas properties such as Maldives and Bhutan, she brings to the table popular Como dishes from around the world. Psst: Our eyes are on the lobster biryani. Featuring sustainably-farmed Canadian lobsters, it is first cooked in a rich tomato masala and then baked with the spice-infused basmati rice.
COMO Cuisine, Block 17&18 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249678
Bread Street Kitchen
Must try: Fish and chips
Following in the footsteps of Gordon Ramsay’s London flagship restaurant, this local outpost does justice to the Brit crowd-pleaser. Ditching the gimmicks, the fish and chips sticks with tradition, pairing with crushed peas and tartar sauce. The batter itself is light and crispy too, and we gotta show some love for the thick-cut slabs of chips on the side.
Bread Street Kitchen, Bay Level, L1-81 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Pince & Pints
Must try: Lobster roll
Lobster is only thing on the menu at Pince & Pints – in grilled, steamed or chilli lobster forms – and the star of the show is undoubtedly the lobster roll. Packed with generous servings of lobster meat with a side of mesclun salad, fries, and garlic aioli sauce, this bad boy is packed with flavour and certainly won’t disappoint.
Pince & Pints, 32 Duxton Road, Singapore 089496
MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining
Must Try: Maguro five cuts sashimi
As the name would imply, MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining (now isn’t that a mouthful?) prides itself on being true maguro (blue-fin tuna) mavens. Singapore is home to several Japanese speciality beef restaurants, but this is the first time we’ve had a speciality maguro restaurant open up. The restaurant freshly imports maguro directly from Japan; grab a buddy and spring for the maguro sashimi platter that will treat you to several prime cuts of maguro – including the buttery, fatty bits!
MaguroDonya Miuramisakikou Sushi & Dining, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #03-314
Chomp Chomp BBQ
Must Try: Sambal stingray and spicy la la
Stingray meat hasn’t really caught on in the West, but hey, more for us right? It’s a simple dish, so the devil really is in the details. Chomp Chomp BBQ serves up a stellar example of this dish that’s marinated in sambal much longer than most other stalls, so the strands of meat are soaked in spicy goodness. Another stand-out seafood dish at this unassuming stall is the spicy la la (asari clams) cooked in a rich, spicy-sweet sauce.
Chomp Chomp BBQ, Chomp Chomp Food Centre, 20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269
Lai Huat Sambal Fish Restaurant
Must try: Sambal pomfret
If you’re gonna name your restaurant after a dish, you’d best nail it down to a fine art. Fortunately, this family business does just that, offering whole fried pomfrets – crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside – covered in a thick, spicy sambal belachan sauce that elevates this seafood staple.
Lai Huat Sambal Fish Restaurant, 17 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455208
Alati Divine Greek Kitchen
Must try: Xtapodi (Grilled Octopus)
For a taste of this simple, rustic Mediterranean seafood staple, head over to thisGreek dining establishment. The Xtapodi, grilled octopus, is grilled the traditional way and served with balsamic onions and confit tomato.
ALATI, 73 Amoy Street, Singapore 069892
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
Must try: Grilled Seafood Platter
The weekend champagne brunch here offers myriad seafood plates, but for an additional $20, you can feast on the grilled seafood platter. Expect a dish piled high with baked mussels, squid, tiger prawns and barramundi fillet. And of course, you get to wash it all down with endless amounts of bubbly.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill, #01-01, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Must try: Mentaiko madness
While Hawaiian sun, sand and surf might be oceans away, fresh Hawaiian raw fish salad makes its way to the CBD at Aloha Poké. This casual, colourful eatery lets you design your own tasty bowl by picking your base and choice of house-marinated poké with a topping of scallions and pineapples. Amp up your bowl with the superfood selection, which includes avocado and almonds.
Aloha Poke, various locations
Han Kee Fish Soup
Must try: Sliced Fish Soup
If you’ve got your full lunch hour, waiting 10 to 15 minutes for a steaming bowl of fresh, thick fish slices swimming in a clear, nourishing broth is absolutely worth it. The auntie taking orders here is highly efficient at her job, so it helps to rehearse your order while you’re in the queue!
Han Kee, #02-129 Amoy Street Food Centre, 7 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069111
New Ubin Seafood
Must try: Cereal Prawn
While the thought of eating prawns, shell and all, is off-putting to most, the thick coating of crisp cereal makes it a far more pleasant experience than you’d expect. Salty, sweet, and it adds an addictive crackle to the prawns as you slurp on its natural juices.
New Ubin Seafood, various locations.
Must try: Alaskan King Crab
Colony at the Ritz-Carlton Millenia is a top pick of ours when it comes to buffets, and the highlight of this massive spread is the Ice Bar. While it features a smorgasbord of seafood, we go straight for the meaty, fresh Alaskan King Crab legs, served with lemon and clarified butter.
Colony, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039799
Ah Yat Abalone
Must try: Mexican abalone whelk
Want a taste of this chewy, delicately flavoured Asian delicacy? Have it the classic way at this age-old abalone institution, served with fresh greens and simmered in a rich, creamy XO sauce.
Ah Yat Abalone, 101, #04-00 Victoria St, Hotel Grand Pacific, Singapore 188018