Cover Popular chilli crab (Image: Long Beach @ Dempsey Seafood Restaurant)

If you're on a meat-free diet this week or simply looking to indulge a little, consider a visit to these local hotspots for seafood fare done right

With additional reporting by Chloe Pek

Whether you prefer your seafood fresh, grilled or baked, one thing is sure—you will never run out of good restaurants to visit in Singapore when the craving strikes. Want to enjoy pristine flavours your lobster or Mori Bluefin tuna? Then head to Greenwood Fish Market for its bounty of fine offerings that include oysters, barramundi and prawns, sourced from all over the world.

If you prefer your crab in the classic black pepper or chilli crab style, stalwarts Long Beach, Blue Lotus and Jumbo Seafood have their own mouth-watering renditions of these Singapore favourites. 

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1. Long Beach @ Dempsey Seafood Restaurant

Said to be the original creator of Singapore’s iconic black pepper crab, Long Beach is a brand that is synonymous with local seafood. The long-established restaurant owns a total of five outlets, each boasting a unique design and concept. A garden theme extends throughout the Dempsey outpost, surrounded by lush greenery. Besides the famous black pepper crab, other specialities at the Dempsey outlet include the deep-fried live red grouper, elevated by Thai-style accompaniments including mango and chilli; delicately steamed live Scottish razor clams with minced garlic and vermicelli; and the deep-fried house speciality prawns. Book here. 

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2. Bayswater Kitchen

Set by the idyllic Keppel Bay, Bayswater Kitchen is the place to go for casual waterfront dining. The restaurant’s seafood-centric menu includes whole fish, fresh oysters and daily specials. Try the grilled Spanish octopus to start, then progress to the seafood risotto and the traditional fish and chips. For sharing, the Fisherman’s Feast offers an assortment of seafood for two that is sure to fill you and your dining companion. Meat lovers and vegetarians can enjoy grilled meats and plant-based handmade pastas. Opt for the al fresco seating to get the best views of the bay and enjoy the breeze. Book here. 

3. Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

Serving Cantonese and local Chinese dishes with a contemporary twist, this restaurant offers noodles, seafood and roast meats— essentially everything you’d expect in a Hong Kong eating house and more. Its hottest dishes, however, are its crab dishes, most notably the Blue Lotus Signature Chilli Pomelo Crab, which packs a punch. The Hong Kong-style bei fung tong crab with garlic and dried chilli as well as the black and white peppercorn crab are also worth making the trip for. Located at Quayside Isle in the enclave of Sentosa Cove, Blue Lotus makes for an idyllic spot for dining when you want to escape the bustle of the city. Book here.

Blue Lotus Chinese Eating House

Harbourfront and Sentosa
$ $ $ $

4. Jumbo Seafood

The stalwart seafood restaurant has been dishing out sublime seafood dishes since 1987, first at its original outlet at East Coast Seafood Centre and followed by its other outlets at Riverside Point, The River Walk and Dempsey Hill, among others. It remains a family favourite for its extensive selection of seafood dishes cooked to delicious perfection—iconic creations include the Singapore chilli crab featuring the meaty crustacean bathed in a sweet-spicy sauce tossed with crushed peanuts for an extra crunch. Served with fresh-off-the-oven mantou buns to mop up the sauce on the plate. 

Through the years, the culinary team has created perennial favourites available at all the outlets, including the black pepper crab, golden salted egg prawns and crispy fried baby squid. The chefs also offer seasonal dishes as well as exclusive dishes in different restaurants across Singapore. Book here. 

5. Greenwood Fish Market

The seafood restaurant is the place to be for a memorable sea-to-table dining experience, where only the freshest marine creatures are used in its extensive menu of Western, Japanese and Asian dishes.

It’s best to start with the cold seafood platter to share; it comprises a bounty of steamed Boston lobster, yellowfin tuna with furikake, freshly shucked oysters and New Zealand green-lipped mussels that whet the appetite for the delectably cooked dishes to come. From the Western section, you naturally have pastas like the clam spaghetti cooked in white wine, olive oil and clam stock, as well as the prawn aglio oglio tossed with chilli flakes, anchovies and sun-dried tomatoes. Book here.

Greenwood Fish Market | 01-04, 31 Ocean Way, S(098375) | 6262 0450 |

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