Luke's Lobster, Burger & Lobster, and More: The Best Lobster Rolls to Try in Singapore
The arrival of Luke’s Lobster has reignited our love affair with lobster rolls, but that’s not the only restaurant where you can sample this popular dish
Lobster rolls, which are essentially a humble sandwich stuffed with lobster chunks seasoned simply with butter, lemon juice (and sometimes, mayonnaise), aren't new in the local dining scene. However, they've been cast in the spotlight once again with the opening of cult favourite Luke's Lobster in Orchard.
This tasty snack, which is a national treasure in New England, first appeared on the menus of seafood restaurants in Singapore in 2014. Since then, it has slowly but steadily garnered more fans thanks to the chefs who continue to re-invent it in delicious and creative ways. Here are five renditions to get you started.
The famed New York seafood joint has finally reached our shores, bringing with it its famous Maine-style lobster rolls which stay true to how they’re prepared across its outlets in Japan and the US. It all starts with the sustainably-sourced seafood: wild-caught Maine lobsters and top quality Jonah crabs found in the waters of North America, and farmed shrimps from the Easter Canadian fisheries. These are served chilled atop buttery and slightly toasted brioche buns and finished with a good drizzle of mayo, lemon juice, and the brand’s secret seasoning.
Luke’s Lobster | Isetan Scotts, 350 Orchard Road, S(238868)
Burger & Lobster
True to its name, the successful seafood chain which originated in the UK (and has outlets across the globe) is famous for its burger, and, of course, lobster dishes. Exclusive to its Raffles Singapore restaurant is the uni, lobster and caviar lobster roll, which, similar to its menu in London, uses the same live lobsters from Nova Scotia in Canada. What makes this special is the fresh chunks of lobster meat infused with an umami-packed uni butter, then enveloped in a warm and toasty brioche roll. To top it off, it’s bedecked with caviar, dill leaves and more uni.
Burger & Lobster | Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, S(189673) | 6337 1886
Pince & Pints
The restaurant in Duxton Road specialises in a variety of lobster dishes—and yes, that includes its signature truffle lobster roll. The version here features fresh and meaty lobster chunks which are directly sourced from the waters of Boston, Maine and Canada. To prepare this all-time favourite, the lobster meat is first blanched, chilled and mingled with mayo, salt and pepper to accentuate its natural sweetness. Served atop toasted hotdog buns and garnished with chives and truffle caviar. It's best enjoyed with the accompanying straight-cut fries and chef’s salad.
Pince & Pints | 32-33 Duxton Road, S(089496) | 6225 7558
Fremantle Seafood Market
The classic lobster roll at this Perth-inspired restaurant only uses premium seafood from Boston, which is slow-cooked in a court bouillon to render the meat soft and juicy. Afterwards, it’s coated with homemade crustacean mayo and elevated with a generous sprinkle of crispy garlic and chives for a delicious combination of creamy and crunchy.
Fremantle Seafood Market | 3E River Valley Road, 01-05/06, S(179024) | 6337 1838
The Market Grill
This is one of the few restaurants in Singapore which serves the entire lobster—including the claws—in one lobster roll. Imported from Boston and Nova Scotia, the whole crustacean is first steamed and chilled, then piqued with a medley of aioli, herbs, spice blend and Pommery mayo. It’s stuffed within grilled brioche bun and generously sprinkled with tobiko or ikura.