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Boston Seafood Shack (The Star Vista)

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Inspired by what he found in the United States, Anthony Wong came up with the concept to bring the magic of Boston to Singapore,offering fresh and premium seafood in a casual setting with an underlining self-service concept to keep prices low.

Mon - Thu: 11:00 - 22:00

Fri - Sat: 11:00 - 23:00

Sun: 08:00 - 22:00

+65 66943984
$21 based on 50 submissions
Ala Carte (5 votes), Boys Night Out (3 votes), Children/Family (3 votes)
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With new staff and 1-for-1 mains, give this place a chance

Registered to leave a positive review for the great service that we experienced yesterday.

We were apprehensive initially due to their rating on this site, but the children were really attracted to their decor outside...heh. Their indoor seating area had a musky smell but after a while we got used to it (was also too lazy to carry everyone out after they were settled, and hubs was too hungry). The female service staff apologised for not knowing the menu well enough after a couple of questions as it was only her 3rd day (this info was volunteered to us and of course we didn't have any issue with it); there was spillage, a dropped spoon and a runaway cherry tomato (get it together kids.. Geez!) but these were promptly dealt with by both staff -- wait, we didn't even wave our hands, how did they know? On top of that, I'd say they handled the growing Saturday lunch crowd pretty efficiently.

Turned out there were 1-for-1 mains at this branch. Lobster rolls were unavailable (whaaat..??), and so we ordered the Caribbean feast at $25. Both baskets of dory fillets, calamari, large prawns, oysters, fries and coleslaw could've fed 4 adults. Their Chocolate Burst milkshake was decent enough. Cold/warm water is also free and promptly refilled.

At the end of it all, I thought we'd gone overboard with the fried items (wish there was more slaw), but the hubby and boys were well-stuffed and extremely pleased. Would return, but next time we'd be dining outside.






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  • crispy soft shell crab1 vote
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08 Feb 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

With new staff and 1-for-1 mains, give this place a chance

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Registered to leave a positive review for the great service that we experienced yesterday.

We were apprehensive initially due to their rating on this site, but the children were really attracted to their decor outside...heh. Their indoor seating area had a musky smell but after a while we got used to it (was also too lazy to carry everyone out after they were settled, and hubs was too hungry). The female service staff apologised for not knowing the menu well enough after a couple of questions as it was only her 3rd day (this info was volunteered to us and of course we didn't have any issue with it); there was spillage, a dropped spoon and a runaway cherry tomato (get it together kids.. Geez!) but these were promptly dealt with by both staff -- wait, we didn't even wave our hands, how did they know? On top of that, I'd say they handled the growing Saturday lunch crowd pretty efficiently.

Turned out there were 1-for-1 mains at this branch. Lobster rolls were unavailable (whaaat..??), and so we ordered the Caribbean feast at $25. Both baskets of dory fillets, calamari, large prawns, oysters, fries and coleslaw could've fed 4 adults. Their Chocolate Burst milkshake was decent enough. Cold/warm water is also free and promptly refilled.

At the end of it all, I thought we'd gone overboard with the fried items (wish there was more slaw), but the hubby and boys were well-stuffed and extremely pleased. Would return, but next time we'd be dining outside.






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15 Sep 2014 • 137 reviews • 7 followers

Disappointing!

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For pictures and full review, pls visit:
http://madamechewy.com/2014/09/15/boston-seafood-shack/

Boston Seafood Shack is a casual dining eatery serving classic seafood dishes in a fun nautical-themed restaurant. At the Star Vista branch, diners can choose to feast indoor or at the alfresco area. Service was acceptable, not the most friendly as it was a busy evening, but nevertheless efficient.

We were ravenous and ordered heaps. There were more misses than hits and if not for the Groupon deal we purchased ($60 for $100 value), we’ll be quite upset paying full price for this mediocre standard.

Best of the lot was the Mussels and Clams in Spicy White Wine Broth ($12), served in a cute mini casserole. The broth was flavorsome and robust with loads of diced garlic. The accompanying garlic bread marred the experience as it was hard and a little stale. For this price, it’s amazing value and I won’t hesitate to order it again. Diners can opt for just clams or mussels alone, which can also be prepared in Porcini cream sauce.

Soft shell crab ($11) was too greasy and lacked crispness. Its intense lobster dip was a welcome change from the usual tartar or remoulade sauce.

Slightly falling apart is the dry Crab Cakes paired with cocktail sauce. For $8, the amount of crab meat was reasonable.

Quite disappointed with the Boston Premium Lobstah Roll ($14) as we were expecting the wow factor. Lobster chucks evenly coated with creamy mayonnaise hubbed between a lackluster bun.

Fish and Chips fans will be glad to know that at Boston Seafood Shack, you can choose from cod, wild snapper or barramundi enveloped in a crispy golden batter for $14. While the coating was good, our cod was tasteless.

Sides failed shine as well. All the fries were dry and plain salads desperately needed dressing. Another letdown was the Grilled Prawns ($14) – dry and bland!

Finally, something gratifying! The Crabmeat Porcini Cream Sauce Pasta ($12) was doused in a light creamy sauce and crowned with a generous portion of succulent chunks of crab meat. This was only main course that lighted up our day.      
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27 Aug 2014 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

a little less than average

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the food is average but the service is horrible. i dont think staff are trained and enthusiast enough to do what they are paid for. but service means a lot, we should know. the price is ok and that is the consolation.
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12 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

food ok but staff unmotivated

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We had lobster roll today, we didn't expect much because at other places their lobster rolls were double or if not triple in price! However I must say that it was actually rather decent with generous amounts of lobster inside the roll. As for the service, I can see that the service staff lack the motivation and interest in doing their job. Although there were more than adequate staffs for the afternoon, we had to get our own seats and menu while some of the staff stood around idly and disinterested in the happenings around them. Midway through our meal, 2 of them even had an argument which was audible to everyone in the restaurant. Everyone was staring but they continued to bicker for quite awhile before I interrupted them to ask for the bill. So all in all I believe that this place can be decent if their staff is more cheerful and motivated to do their job.
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08 Aug 2014 • 0 review • 0 follower

Don't bother trying

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Went to the new branch at Tampines Mall. First impression was already a let down when the waitress said that there is a $0.70 charge for plain water. I can easily spend hundreds for a meal and for wine but it is against my principal to pay for plain water! Ordered the clam chowder and my wife ordered the lobster bisque. It was quite nice but the bowls were barely half filled! The lobster bisque tasted nice and you could taste the lobster shells that had been used in making the bisque but not even a small piece of lobster in the bisque at all! The food is not worth the price and I get the feeling that the management is only interested in making money by cutting corners.
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