Red House Seafood Restaurant, Robertson Quay, Singapore

Red House Seafood Crab

Hurray! May is finally here! I don’t care what others say, but May is my favorite month! It always kicks off with a bang (with a public holiday no less), and ends off with a big celebration. And incidentally, May also happens to be my mom’s name. April has come and gone in a flash, but I have always known her as the month of Chili Crab.

Every year this time, my family will be on the hunt for the best chili crab in Singapore, and we have the perfect excuse for it. My mom’s birthday falls in April, and her favorite dish is Singapore’s famous chili crab. Naturally, we are always on the lookout for places that serve good chili crabs.

Although the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when you mention Chinese Seafood restaurants are at East Coast Park, we ended up at Red House Seafood at Robertson Quay instead because of its proximity to where we were. The Chinese seafood restaurant located further down from the Alkaff Bridge at Robertson Quay, away from the main stretch of restaurants, just beside Boomarang Bistro.

If there is a must eat dish in Singapore, it will definitely be Chili crab. For those who are not particularly keen on the sweet-spicy rendition, we have other fabulous creations like black pepper, white pepper, curry sauce, doubled baked cheese on the menus of the various Seafood restaurants in Singapore.

Besides my favorite Chili crab, I’ve been a fan of Salted Egg Crab for a while now. Unfortunately, Red House Seafood does not have that on the menu, so we opted for the Wok-fried with fresh herbs & fragrant Butter Crab ($4 per 100g) instead.

Red House Robertson Quay

Even though I was quick in taking photos, the Sambal Kangkong ($10) wasn’t hot and lacked the wok-hei taste. On the other hand, the Fried Baby Squid was crunchy, and juicy, and addictive – it’s seriously better than potato chips.

Best Chili Crab

The saving grace was the famous Red House’s Chili Crab ($4 per 100g).

With the thick, and sweet chili gravy around, nothing else seems to matter. I dipped the deep-fried mantou, fried baby squid, crispy roasted chicken, and even the butter crab into the chili gravy. Sense of accomplishment is when I had two big crab pincers and three bowls of chili gravy to myself.

Let me drown in the goodness of the chili gravy!

Crispy Roasted Chicken

I’m not sure if it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel that Red House Seafood at the Quayside caters more for the tourist crowd. Service was lack-luster, and the waitstaff seemed to be more attentive towards our foreign friends. And they charged for ice water too!

To be fair, the chili crab was very good and they are located in a central location. But if you ask me, I’d probably check out the Red House at East Coast Park or other Chinese Seafood restaurants when I’m craving for chili crabs next time.

For the Red House Seafood supporters out there, are there any differences in the quality of food and service between the East Coast main outlet and the Robertson Quay one? Which dishes do you usually order? And for the rest of you, tell me which is your favorite Chinese Seafood Restaurant in Singapore.

Restaurant Review
Red House Seafood Restaurant (Quay Side)
60 Robertson Quay
#01-13 The Quayside
Tel: +65 6735 7666


Ha Ha judging from your photo, the east coast outlet has more of that fried buttery stuff for butter crabs :P

i don’t know if it’s just me or what, but the last picture of the crab loooooks cute! cartoon alike. :P but i’ll still eat it. NOM!

try long beach seafood next time. Their mantou is gigantic! About the size of my fist. hahaha.

i had really fond memories of red house. used to go there as a kid with my family after a Sunday evening bike ride at east coast. I remember eating countless mantous dipped in chilli crab gravy! finger-licking good. oh we always ordered the steamed garoupa and cereal prawns. but my personal favorite is the chilli crab for sure. (:

My mom’s favorite dish is chilli crab too! Particularly the one at Long Beach, East Coast. I agree with Angeline, the mantous there are massive. And we always eat seafood on my mom’s bday as well! (Seems like my family orders the same food as yours!) Happy belated birthday to your mom! xx

Have you tried Seafood Paradise before? I went to the one @ the Flyer.. And was pretty impressed with the service & food !

Red house at East Coast is my fave place for chili crabs and i think they are in the best in the east coast park area.
Had not been to the outlets in the central area thou.

Just don’t sit anywhere below their giant fan at Robertson Quay branch.

The food gets cold real quick and tastes like leftovers.

Oh man. It’s tough having you as a friend…I have to see delicious food posts like this in my RSS and Twitter stream and they make me go crazy la.

Why lidat ah?

puff: REALLY! oh dang! what do u order when u are at Red House Seafood?

missyeley: HOW CAN U BEAR TO EAT SOMETHING SO CUTE? hahaha but i ate it anyway :p

LFB: Yeah because that’s probably the last we see of it! haha

Angeline: Roger that! is that the best chili crab in Singapore? sure or not, size of yr fist? that’s like HUGE leh!

Shun: cycle + chili crab = life’s good! hahaha finger licking good is not enough, i finish all the gravy! *slurp

hahazz: I dont really like it, but yea it’s kind of addictive!

lacquer spoon: when they say Singapore’s a foodie paradize, they are not kidding :D

Shirin: my family always goes hunting for chili crabs! is long beach yr favorite? massive like a fist? is it really so BIG? sounds a bit scary though haha

serendipity: Nope not yet, been wanting to try their food for the longest time! now that u remind me, hmm..

stefanie: really? Best seafood restaurant in Singapore? Maybe u try the robertson quay one and let me know what u think!

kevsoh: HAHAH sounds like u din have a good experience eh? yea they have this massive fan, whoa

arnold: WHY! you know you like to be my friend! heheh

haha. I’ve not try all the places to determine which one has the best chilli crab! Tried roland but its not that good. The chilli crab gravy at long beach is really good! Just give me gravy and mantou I’ll be a happy girl! (lazy to eat crab. hehe) :D D

haha. their gravy is ok but their mantou is not crispy and soft at all! I know they’re the inventor of chilli crab but I prefer long beach. hehe. Huge mantou and chilli crab gravy. Yum yum..

We just had our dinner at Red House Seafood Restaurant @ Prinsep St (19/03/14) to celebrate our friend birthday tonight. The waiter was very familiar about the food and he recommended us marvellous dishes. The food was great but the service was very disappointing.
Since this is our first time here, we asked a lot of questions to know about the food and need more time to decide our choices. This must be a rough night, because the waiter who served us was impatience. We noticed that on how he responded to our question harshly and seems belittle us when we said the order wrongly. He served the food hurriedly until some soup was spilled on the table.
Earlier on, we asked him to keep the birthday cake first as a surprise for our friend. Then, after the dinner was almost finished, we requested him to serve us the birthday cake. And the worst part happened. I can understand that there were still some plates and food left and he intended to clean the table first. When my friend said that she’s still eating, he said harshly that he needed to clean the table to serve the cake. well, he stopped after that and he returned to the kitchen and brought back the birthday cake, still in the box, and drop it on the table. Can you imagine how it feels to be treated that way? We were completely stunned and very disappointed. It supposed to be a HAPPY birthday surprised, but ended up seems like it’s nothing.

“People comes for the food, and returns because of the service”
Definitely we will not consider back to this restaurant.

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