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Swatow Seafood Restaurant

AsianChineseSeafoodTeochew
Located at Toa Payoh Lorong 4, Swatow Seafood Restaurant specialises in Seafood and Teochew Cuisine.

Daily: 11:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 22:00

+65 63631717
$27 based on 74 submissions
Vibrant/Noisy (13 votes), Children/Family (12 votes), Dinner (11 votes)
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Dim Sum Review at Swatow

Established in August 2010 at the heartland of Toa Payoh, Swatow (汕头) Seafood Restaurant has built a strong base of followers till date. This is evident especially on weekends, therefore early reservation is strongly advised. You may be fortunate enough to have a seat without much of a wait as turnover rate is rather high too. 


What's unique about Swatow (汕头) Seafood Restaurant is their duo offerings of Teochew cuisine and Dim Sum (点心). They do have Dim Sum Hi-Tea Buffet as well. I was here for Dim Sum on a Saturday morning and the restaurant was already overflowing with people at 9am.

Swatow definitely serves up quality Dim Sum (both presentation and taste)

More pics and thoughts at

http://lepakwithyaops.com/swatow-%E6%B1%95%E5%A4%B4-seafood-restaurant-dim-dum-%E7%82%B9%E5%BF%83-at-toa-payoh

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29 Oct 2014 • 159 reviews • 6 followers

Dim Sum Review at Swatow

Established in August 2010 at the heartland of Toa Payoh, Swatow (汕头) Seafood Restaurant has built a strong base of followers till date. This is evident especially on weekends, therefore early reservation is strongly advised. You may be fortunate enough to have a seat without much of a wait as turnover rate is rather high too. 


What's unique about Swatow (汕头) Seafood Restaurant is their duo offerings of Teochew cuisine and Dim Sum (点心). They do have Dim Sum Hi-Tea Buffet as well. I was here for Dim Sum on a Saturday morning and the restaurant was already overflowing with people at 9am.

Swatow definitely serves up quality Dim Sum (both presentation and taste)

More pics and thoughts at

http://lepakwithyaops.com/swatow-%E6%B1%95%E5%A4%B4-seafood-restaurant-dim-dum-%E7%82%B9%E5%BF%83-at-toa-payoh
Molten salted egg yolk bun (金碧流沙包), $3
05 Oct 2014 • 147 reviews • 6 followers

Good and affordable dim sum (we went a-la carte)

We reached at 11.30am on a Saturday afternoon to a busy restaurant. But we were promptly led to our table and were lucky to be given a table located at the side / perimeter as it meant we had easy and direct access to the push carts. For customers sitting in the centre, the staff would go up to them and say what they have in their push carts instead of being able to show the dishes.

There was no menu for the dim sum. Thus, we relied very much on the staff whom we noted were mostly aunties and uncles. Friendly aunties and uncles. =) One of the push cart aunties would unload the different types of dim sum for us to look and choose while others would say what they have.

And from the push carts, we ordered:-

1) Pork dumpling (siew mai) with fish roe, $4.50 – One of the items I will always order for dim sum, and these were so good. An entire prawn was packed within the siew mai. Such a delight to bite into it!

2) Mini pork dumpling (小笼包), $4 – These were average. Would have been better if there was soup within the dumpling.

3) Pumpkin dumpling, $4 – A vegetarian dish, I did not really like this. I would think one needs to have an acquired taste.

4) Szechuan wanton, $4.50 – Surprisingly, this was pretty good. Skin was thin and smooth. But it was the spicy-sour sauce that brought out the flavour of the meat within.

5) Chicken feet, $3.80

6) Pan-fried carrot cake, $3.50

7) Malay cake, $2 – I was quite surprised when the staff presented the dish and introduced it as “Malay cake” when it looked like our fa gao (发糕). But this was light in texture and slightly sweet. Not as dense and sticky as compared to our Chinese steamed cake

8) Molten salted egg yolk bun (金碧流沙包), $3 – This was the bomb! The filling of custard and egg yolk just burst as we sunk our teeth into the bun or tore it apart. So good. My brother is now a convert! Keke

Due to the (silly) 3000 characters limit, continue to read my review on other dishes here: PART2

We were happy with our dim sum experience. Food was good and affordable. Although one may want to go for their dim sum buffet that’s available from 3pm to 5pm daily. $19.80 per person on weekdays and $22.80 on weekends

Parking wise, there’s a big gantry carpark (behind Toa Payoh Public Library) where one can get a parking lot. And as the restaurant is located on 2nd level, one will need to climb up and down a long flight of stairs. I forgot about it and had to go slow in my high heels. Ha. But there’s a (small) lift for handicap and elderly although one will need to call the restaurant to operate the lift.

That aside, Swa Tow Restaurant also has a Teochew opera performances by actor Nick Shen and his team on Friday from 7.30pm to 9.30pm. 

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23 Aug 2014 • 387 reviews • 13 followers

Too pricy for me

Our first dinner here and ordered a few dishes. Essentially the food here is not bad (like the Braised Goose) but the price tag of the dishes is a tad too high for me to return. I can easily find similar tasty food in other restaurants that won't cost me an arm and leg. But having said that, this Swatow Restaurant has been around since way back so I guess they have their own following. Just not me in that queue then. Heh...
24 Jul 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Service is terrible

firstly we arrived late around 3.30 and the food had alr started to serve. We thought they would serve back those we missed to us but they didnt and even asked for last orders around 4.25 when the buffet was supposed to end around 5pm. only this waitress served us politely and patiently. On the other hand, there was this lady manager whose attitude sucks. she wanted to put food on this dirty plate on our table which i have used before. She even took a pair of scissors and try to swipe of the dirt of the plate. I find that service really unrespectful and disgusting. How can she even become a manager knowing it is wrong. She then said to us that she thought all plates on the table are clean. Srsly? The clealiness also wanst fantastic as there was a used tissue paper on the counter along with a bit of food. overall it was a bad experience, we would never patronise there again.
10 Jul 2014 • 316 reviews • 86 followers

A decent chinese cuisine for two persons

The overall course meal was lovely for two of us.  My friend told me that next time round, should try their dim sum buffet.  Value for money.

The tasty of the food cannot be far apart, since I found the dinner was delectable.  The cod fish that we had, was fresh with sweetness sauce.