Singaporeans are a nation of foodies, especially when it comes to seafood. Chili crab isn’t one of our national dishes for nothing.
To help you decide where to do some heavy duty eating when nothing but the ocean’s finest will do, we’ve taken everything from freshness and variety to ambiance and price into account. Here are five of the best seafood buffets on our island.
Greenhouse RestaurantEDITOR’S PICK!
3/F The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave
Tel: 6434 5285
If you’re looking to be spoilt for choice, look no further thanGreenhouse’s international seafood buffet dinner at the luxe Ritz. Choose from an impressive array of the freshest sashimi, sushi and maki sushi, as well as seafood on ice including chilled tiger prawns, mussels, crabs, scallops and live Canadian oysters (shucked to order).
They also serve up poached Boston lobster with porcini tarragon cream, pan fried dory with garbanzo beans, sundried tomatoes and roasted garlic aioli and sea bass with warm watermelon syrup, pine nuts and fennel salad.
For a true showcase of Asian flavors, enjoy a comforting bowl of oriental mud crab and fish maw soup, crispy deep fried garoupa with a spicy mango-lime sauce and perennial favorites, black pepper and chili crab. Gorge yourself silly on the sheer quantity (and quality) for a full four hours every Friday and Saturday from 6.30-10.30pm. It might not be the cheapest option at $78, but it’s well worth it.
Fremantle Seafood Market FRESHEST SEAFOOD
#01-05/06, Traders’ Market, Blk. 3E Clarke Quay, River Valley Rd
Tel: 6337 1838
It’s hard to top a dedicated establishment such as Fremantle Seafood Market. Set in the bustling Clarke Quay area, this seafood specialist channels the laid back, carefree vibe of Freo, Perth. Perfect for their Sunday brunch with its spread of king fish Hamachi, yellow fin tuna, chilled shrimps, half-shell scallops and mussels with lemon cocktail sauce.
Be sure to try their freshly shucked oysters with spicy soy mirin or garlic aioli and house smoked fish. There’s even tempura squid with tartare sauce, crispy soft shell crab with spicy tomato fondue and grilled mahimahi with a lightly sweetened teriyaki glaze. And of course, Singapore style chili crab. Feast for $58 from noon-3pm every Sunday. Add another $28 and they’ll throw in a free flow of beer and wine.
Tung Lok Seafood East CoastBEST VALUE
2/F Marina Cove, Building B, 1000 East Coast Parkway
Tel: 6246 0555
Tung Lok Seafood East Coastis a comfortable eatery that’s perfect for a weekend family get-together over a good meal. Their a la carte seafood buffet dinner is tailored for the local palate, with Tung Lok’s rendition of chili crab, deep fried butter and oats prawns and crispy baby squid.
Kick things off with a portion of braised pumpkin bisque swimming with shark’s fin and crab meat and salt and pepper silver fish. Fresh scallops sautéed with cuttlefish and sweet peas in sambal, steamed red tilapia with pickled chili and stir fried clams are also good bets. At just $34.80, it’s a real bargain. The only catch is, at least four adults need to have it. Seafood lovers can indulge every day from 6.30-10pm.
Ground floor, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Rd
Tel: 6730 3390
For good food in a relaxed setting,Checkers Brasserie is a great option. They offer a Friday seafood buffet lunch ($42) which includes a selection of fresh sushi and sashimi, Canadian Maine lobsters, Chilean crab claws, baby lobster and freshly shucked oyster with shallot red wine dressing.
Enjoy the same feast for dinner, except there’s an added bonus—their signature Checkers chili crab, served with mantou for maximal dipping action. It’s $52 a head from 7-10pm.
If you’re looking for something a little different, their Mediterranean seafood buffet happens on Thursdays. $40 for both lunch and dinner (noon-2.30pm, 7-10pm) scores you homemade marinated salmon, a light and refreshing seafood salad with tomatoes, herbs, lemon juice and olive oil and baked salmon with tomatoes, olives and tarragon.
3/F Concorde Hotel Singapore, 100 Orchard Rd
Tel: 6739 8370
The name says it all. The Harvest of the Sea buffet dinner at Concorde Hotel’s casual Spices Café is for diehard lovers of all things oceanic. Tuck into an assortment of western and local delights, including Prince Edward’s seafood chowder, lobster bisque with prawn quenelles and live prawns with Chinese herbs.
Also on offer are garlic octopi with pickles and sweet green pepper and filet of snapper with yellow bean paste and leeks. Don’t miss their coconut-scented seafood rice au gratin and corn-crusted salmon with thyme-infused garlic oil.
If you’re a crab lover, you’ll be thrilled to discover that they prepare them a la minute for maximum freshness in six different ways (chili, black pepper, curry and Thai-style, just to name a few). The best part: Their buffet dinner is offered daily from 6.30-10pm. Indulge from Mon-Thu for $48++, and Fri-Sun at $52++.