So the lobster roll trend has finally hit our shores! We have been waiting for this day to come, and the only times we could ever satisfy this craving used to be those holidays to New York City and London. But gone are those days when we’d pin so hard for a good lobster roll fix and had to sleep off the craving, because much to our delight, more restaurants in singapore are rounding up their menus with their own renditions of this ever popular dish. Or snack. Whichever is more appropriate, depending on your appetite. One is definitely not enough for us.
Now, why is lobster roll so popular, you may wonder. We’d tell you exactly just why – chunks of juicy lobster meat doused in mayonnaise that sits within a toasted buttered brioche, every mouthful bursting with sweetness from the fresh flesh; how do you even go back to normality once you’ve had a good lobster roll?
It took us a while to sum this post up, because we wanted to try the popular ones in town before we present you this list that you should bookmark. We went on a trail to scout for the best versions, and here, we share with you the best lobster rolls in singapore that you must try:
Dancing Crab’s Lobster Roll (S$30) comes with 100g of lobster claw and tail meat served in a superb brioche bun – oozing with buttery aroma and toasted with a fragrant char, we dare say it is even better than the bun we had at London’s Burger & Lobster. And what makes it even better is the addictive Cajun fries that come along with it.
Read: 10 reasons why Dancing Crab is a heaven for seafood lovers.
The Grandstand #01-20/21
200 Turf Club Road
Tel: +65 6466 3303
Tue to Fri: 5pm – 10.30pm
Sat, Sun & PH: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Botanic Gardens
Department of Caffeine (D.O.C.) has recently introduced two lobster dishes that everyone must try. The Lobster BLT “Roll” is reasonably priced at S$18.50, while the more luxurious Lobster Club – the full works on a toasted brioche – is S$21.50 and only available during weekend brunch.
The Lobster BLT comes with butter poached Boston lobster tail, Louisiana hot sauce mayo, rocket, wasabi sprouts, fresh tomato, flying fish roe, streaky bacon sandwiched between toasted sesame bun.
15 Duxton Road
Tel: +65 6223 3426
Mon to Fri (except Wed): 10.30am – 7pm
Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 7pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar
#3 LUKE’S OYSTER BAR & CHOP HOUSE
Known for its seafood cocktails and oysters, it is by no surprise that Luke’s Chophouse does an impressive rendition of the classic lobster roll. Dining at this New York-esque restaurant is an indulgent experience.
Apart from their impressive array of oysters, what is also worth trying is their Lobster Sliders which is served only during lunch. At S$45, you get a generous serving of sweet lobster flesh – from a 500g maine lobster – tucked nicely in a tall and thick brioche that is toasted to a pretty golden shade. Like how a happy marriage should be, Luke’s Lobster Sliders comes complete with a portion of good fries. So sinfully good.
20 Gemmil Lane
Tel: +65 6221 4468
Mon to Wed: 12pm – 10.30pm
Thu to Sat: 12pm – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Chinatown/Raffles Place
Platypus Lobster Shack is probably the only restaurant in Singapore that offers you a variety of lobster rolls – from the traditional to many modern and innovative takes like Smoked Paprika and Red Miso & Sesame. The lobster rolls are served during dinner only and they come with approximately 100g of Boston lobster, but the flesh is chunky enough and fills up every bun. But we’d say one is not filling enough.
All lobster rolls are priced at S$19.90, and S$22.90 for a set that comes with a small side salad and truffle potato chips. We wished the folks at Platypus would put in more effort in the presentation of the food, but for the price (cheapest on the list!) and its fresh supply of Boston lobsters, this is a restaurant we will return just for lobster rolls.
#01-31, Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street
Mon to Thu: 6pm – 10pm
Fri: 6pm – 11pm
Sat: 6.30pm – 11pm
Nearest Station: Raffles Place/Telok Ayer
With daily fresh imports of wild-caught seafood and fish from different parts of the world, Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro is our go-to place when we feel like having seafood. The restaurant has recently introduced Lobster Roll (S$49) to the menu. Its rendition comes with a whole live Boston lobster (600g of meat) in a buttered roll, homemade chili and kaffir lime aioli, cherry tomatoes and super addictive truffle shoestring fries.
31 Ocean Way #01-11
Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove
Tel: +65 6268 8633
Tue: 9am – 12 midnight
Wed & Thu: 12pm – 12 midnight
Fri: 12pm – 1am
Sat: 9am – 1am
Sun: 9am – 12 midnight
Nearest Station: Harbourfront
#6 THE CLIFFORD PIER
A relatively new addition to Singapore’s dining scene, this elegant restaurant sits on a heritage site, and is full of charm and posh. It has a specially curated menu that reflects a mixture of local favourites and international classics. And yes, they have lobster roll (S$32) too.
A lovely serving of 150-200g of lobster meat generously coated with hollandaise sauce, The Clifford Pier’s lobster roll is a relatively value-for-money option. Coupled with shoestring truffle fries and a side salad, it makes a hearty meal.
The Fullerton Bay Hotel
80 Collyer Quay
Tel: +65 6597 5266
Mon to Thu: 11.30am – 12 midnight
Fri: 11.30am – 1am
Nearest Station: Raffles Place
#7 THE MARKET GRILL
This is quite an undiscovered gem. Hidden in one of those little units along Telok Ayer Street, The Market Grill is a small but sexy diner that reminds us very much of London. Their Lobster Roll (S$45) is also the best we have had in singapore.
Expect nothing short of a fantastic serving – you get generous chunks of meat from a 500g lobster. Lighted coated with mayonnaise, the meat is snuggled in a pillow of soft brioche that is crispy on the surface, and warm and buttery on the inside. It comes complete with a side salad and fries.
208 Telok Ayer Street
Tel: +65 6221 3323
Mon to Sat: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 5pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Tanjong Pagar/Telok Ayer
Sitting within Gillman Barracks at Alexandra Road, The Naked Finn serves a decent Lobster Roll (S$35) which features 90g of lobster meat with homemade mayonnaise/crème fraîche, and straight cut fries.
39 Malan Road
Tel: +65 6694 0807
Mon to Sat: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Labrador Park
no pince & pints?
wonder why pince & pint has been left out
no pince & pints? could you not get a table in time for this article? Btw, Clifford Pier was one of the worse lobster rolls I’ve had.
Second market grill! had it last week, lobster was really sweet!
Because Pince did not pay them.
This is really a dancing crab advert disguised as a shabbily put together “best of” guide. No integrity.
@V This is not a paid post, and none of them paid to be featured in this guide. If it is a sponsored post, we will highlight it at the end of the post. You may want to refer to all our usual posts to better understand our distinguished styles. And by the way, as a rule of thumb, these “Best of” lists are strictly editorial and even if we were offered a huge sum of money, we would not do it. It is editorial integrity by industry standards.
@S, @YH & @GIRL: This guide to the best lobster rolls in Singapore is based on our preferences of what is good. We tried and really love all 5 that is listed, and thought they are the relatively undiscovered gems in Singapore that our readers might want to learn about. You might want to give them a chance too because although they are not as hyped up as P&P, they really are impressive in their own ways.
Well, I’m only knocking one particular one in your list. Let’s just say taste is subjective.
How come no Pince & Pints? They’re the best IMO
Hmmm any lobster roll below 30 dollars means probably not live lobsters but frozen. U r saying frozen lobster is better than fresh one from pince n pints, I find this skeptical. But maybe you just have a different taste.
@James In case you are missing the point, the places that charge less than S$30 are able to do so because the lobster roll comes in a smaller portion and we actually stated this differentiation by the amount in grams. Sure, you can get more lobster meat like the ones at Market Grill, Luke’s Chop House or P & P if you are willing to pay a premium. Get your facts right and stop being so cynical.
Actually u got the facts wrong, I wasn’t talking abt the amount of lobster meat but the quality. Frozen vs Fresh. Which is why I said you might have a different taste I.e you are ok with frozen whereas I am not. Why so defensive?
Instead of arguing, why don’t you both make your own lobster roll? Will be much better than any of these can ever give you.
What’s with all the hate and irrelevant comments on this post? If your fav lobster roll restaurant is not included who cares? If you’re not so happy about it, write your own damn review about it and post it up. What a lot of fuss.
James is probably a sore faggot related to P&P. Get the hell outta this site and stop being so cynical.
I would say this post suffered from a misleading title (best but less known…) or a statement up front that states something to the effect of not mentioning P&P (and why). Otherwise its akin to writing an editorial on smartphones without mentioning Apple and the elephant in the room would seem a lot more obvious. Just my opinion.
@James Read his reply properly. He was answering your point on WHY they are able to charge less than $30, and justified it by saying it was because the portions are smaller. It is in no relation to your comment about the meat being fresh or frozen.
Taste is subjective
I personally thought Pince was pretty darn average
Fren who came with me had dancing crab the day after and thiught it was way better than pince.
I myself had market grill a few days before pince which I also thiught was way better than pince.
Lobster roll at Dancing Crab increased to $30 per serving. Just had it last week, I find it so so only.
The Naked Finn serves a mean lobster roll
@James i think you need to read and understand what brad is saying, he IS answering your question. The rolls can be under $30 because it is of a lesser gram compared to say a roll that is priced above $30. Tried p&p a couple of weeks ago and thought it was overrated and over hyped. To each his own.
Just tried Platypus Lobster Shack. Jack and Jill potato chips squirted with a bottle of saturated truffle oil, small chunks of lobster that don’t seem to be fresh as they are heavily doused with strong flavors. One word … overrated!