Crabs, cockles, mussels, fishes of numerous varieties, prawns, clams, lobsters, crayfish and a whole slew of other seafood. If your stomach is growling from just reading this list, you’ll probably wonder where in Singapore to go to satisfy your seafood cravings ?
Well, we’ve got you covered with these top 9 places! It's time to explore the medley of the ocean’s finest catch ? Don't worry, it isn't only going to be limited to tze char
(chinese-style dishes) eateries. There are lots of other ways you can enjoy seafood such as a buffet spread, battered and fried in a light crisp way a la fish and chips and even the authentic Japanese way ? Here's where to go to indulge in the ocean’s offerings!
1. Smith Marine Floating Restaurant
Take your loved ones on a nautical journey to the east for a seafood feast like no other! Smith Marine is an extension of an aquaculture farm and is Singapore’s first halal-certified Kelong eatery that's located off the coast of Changi. Here you can fish and dine in the sunset out at sea, take in the refreshing breeze or simply just enjoy such a novel experience!
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At Smith Marine, you'll find an assortment of tze char
dishes like steamed squid, mussels, sea bass, chili crab, clam bee hoon as well as many other savoury seafood. It’s ideal for large group gatherings or special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays! Smith Marine provides a splendid respite from city life and makes a great option for a half-day idyllic getaway while chowing down on some fine seafood ?
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Smith Marine offers a one-of-a-kind experience that you should try at least once, especially when the view is as sweet as the vast sea!
Between Changi and Pulau Ubin
To get here, you need to book a 2-way ferry ($100 and can fit up to 12 pax). The ferry will leave from Changi Point Ferry Terminal at Changi Village. You can also request for Smith Marine to book the ferry for you.
10am to 7pm, daily
Whatsapp or SMS +65 9792 7609
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2. Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant
From the east, we head up north and take in the dazzling sights of our neighbouring country as you feast on local seafood. With the view of glistening waters of the Straits of Johor and a table of Asian and Western-inspired seafood dishes, here is where you’ll probably want to bring your big extended family for a shared delicious experience! The waterfront ambiance truly creates a scenic and special atmosphere where your dinner with a view will fill more than just your tummy ☺️
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Located at Woodlands Waterfront Park, Rasa Istimewa Waterfront Restaurant serves up excellent halal barbecued seafood dishes. Rasa Istimewa cooks up a storm in a myriad of styles ranging from Malay to Chinese, Western and Thai. The BBQ Seafood Combo is the most popular dish followed by Salted Egg Crayfish and the Tri-flavoured Fish.
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The Rasa Istimewa outlet at Woodlands Waterfront is currently closed till 12 October 2018 but you can still enjoy their delicious food at the Pasir Ris outlet! West-siders, good news as they are opening an outlet at SAFRA Jurong (from 29 October 2018).
Woodlands: 6A Admiralty Road West Singapore 757445, Opening hours: 6366 9339
Pasir Ris: 201, Pasir Ris Rd, Singapore 519147 (in Pasir Ris Park), Opening hours: 12pm - 11pm, Contact No: 6386 9339
Jurong (from 29 October 2018): SAFRA Jurong, 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848
3. Isuramuya Japanese Restaurant
Get the real taste of irresistible Japanese fare over at Isuramaya! This is the first Japanese Restaurant that has an on-premise marketplace that is loaded with ingredients flown directly from the land of the rising sun ? ?? If you're keen, you can easily purchase ingredients at the marketplace to recreate the meal you just had at the restaurant - how novel!
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Yellowtail, tuna belly, swordfish, scallop, salmon, eel - these are just some
of the sashimi options available at Isuramaya! Super fresh and sure to melt in your mouth, sashimi is that one thing you just cannot recreate at home (unless you’re a trained MasterChef, of course?) and a must-try at the restaurant.
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For those who prefer their seafood with a crunch, there are tempura options for you. Such deep-fried goodness includes the ever-popular prawns, unique soft-shell crabs and even breaded oysters amongst others ?
JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1 #04-19 Singapore 609731
11:30am - 9:30pm, daily.
4. Hararu Izakaya
If you’re a bona fide Japanese cuisine connoisseur, this is another restaurant you cannot miss out on! Hararu Izakaya is the first Muslim-owned Izakaya serving the most tantalizing and authentic Japanese grilled food and skewers. While their specialty is charcoal grilled meats, the grilled seafood options are just as delectable!
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Grilled salmon belly with spicy cod roe, grilled eel with teriyaki sauce, grilled whole squid, grilled salmon, grilled black tiger king prawn, grilled mackerel with salt - just the image of food cooked over an open flame will get your stomach rumbling for sure! If you have friends who don't fancy the typical raw seafood that is often associated with Japanese cuisine, bring them here for a new seafood experience and turn them into fans ?
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Hararu Izakaya has also expanded their menu to include sushi and sashimi too so keep a look out for these top-notch seafood options for your dining pleasures!
16 Bussorah Street Singapore 199437
12pm to 11pm (last order 10pm), daily
5. Big Fish Small Fish
A list of seafood dishes is incomplete if it does not include the quintessential crowd favourite - fish and chips! Big Fish Small Fish is a vibrant and chic container cafe that offers affordable and scrumptious fish and chips that will keep you coming back for more. Tender and flaky fish fillet battered and fried to golden perfection and served with potato crisps - this is a meal you can devour in minutes and order another one to-go!?
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Big Fish Small Fish offers a variety of fishes such as dory, seabass and salmon for your varied palates and wallet sizes ? Plus, gone are the days of boring and typical tartar sauce for your battered fish. Instead, enjoy their free-flow sauces to complement your dish such as their Salted Egg Sauce and Curry Mayo Sauce. These flavour pairings would certainly be a unique twist to a well-known classic.
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Punggol: Punggol East Container Park, 50 Punggol East #01-K35 Singapore 828826
Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 12pm - 12am. Fri & Sat, Eve of Public holiday: 12pm to 1am.
Yishun: Northpoint City, 930 Yishun Avenue 2 #02-132/133 Singapore 769098
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm, daily.
Bugis: Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street #04-05 Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm, daily.
Tampines (pending halal certification): Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5 #B1-K3 Singapore 529510
Opening hours: 11am to 10pm, daily.
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6. Home of Seafood
A favourite hangout for large families and crab-lovers, Home of Seafood offers yummy seafood that will keep everyone feeling well-fed and happy ? Known for their halal Chinese-style menu, Home of Seafood has an extensive menu that includes curries, clay pot fish, stir-fried shellfish, salted egg prawns and of course a variety of fishes cooked in varied ways - steamed, poached, deep fried, Teochew-style, Hong Kong-style, drenched in sweet and sour sauce and many others!
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These fresh catches from the ocean are what makes it a great place for you to come down for a scrumptious meal. Home Of Seafood is also very proud of their Pepper Crab dish, something which has been voted as the best in Singapore so don’t skip over it!
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1 Joo Chiat Place Singapore 420001
Mon to Fri, (Lunch) 11am - 2pm, (Dinner) 5pm - 11pm. Sat & Sun, Public Holiday, 11am - 11pm.
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7. Chai Chee Seafood Restaurant
For east siders, Chai Chee Seafood is a familiar beloved name when it comes to seafood that is valued for money. Tze char
is usually food you’ll find home-like comfort in and here at Chai Chee Seafood, what you’ll get is the warmth of delicious food that keeps both your stomach and your heart full with its familiar taste. Some signature dishes you can find are: lobster salad, chili crab, cereal prawns and clay pot seafood. Not forgetting the usual yet unforgettable freshness of sotong, fish and shellfish cooked to your exact liking!
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Don’t know which ones to choose? Here is where you should gather your pals for a meal, so you can order a variety of dishes and share the cost! Food always taste better when it's shared, right? ?
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Chai Chee Seafood also has a shell-out combo where you can get an assortment of seafood like crab, sotong, mussels, prawns, crayfish and the likes cooked in one tasty sauce and served communal-style with steamed white rice ?
359 Changi Road Singapore 419821
11:30am to 11pm, daily.
8. Dad’s Corner
For a different seafood experience that you cannot get enough of, head over to Dad’s Corner. Nestled in the unassuming Civil Service Club in Bukit Batok, this Muslim-owned eatery serves seafood that packs quite a punch. Imagine this: a row of flower crab, prawns, mussels, clams, gong gong
, and other seafood deliciously boiled in special mouth-watering sauces and free flow of rice. There are no plates or utensil as you and your party dig right into the feast with your bare hands. Yup, that’s right! Dad’s Corner offers one of the popular food trend of “shell out”!
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Communal dining such as a shell out can really bring out the camaraderie of you and your makan kakis
and nothing beats eating with your hands for that ultimate seafood experience ?
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Look out for their fusion pasta seafood dishes like ong bak pasta (spaghetti in Thai-based sauce with mussels and prawns) and A.M.P (spaghetti in spicy sambal with mussels and prawns). Dad’s Corner also features seasonal dishes like the seafood paella!
91 Bukit Batok West Avenue 2, Bukit Batok Civil Service Club #03-04 Singapore 659206
Tue to Thu: 12 noon to 2pm; 5pm to 10pm. Fri: 5pm to 9pm. Sat & Sun: 1pm to 10pm. Closed on Mondays.
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9. Yassin Kampung
There's something sentimental about rattan chairs, wood accent furniture and overhanging light fixtures; something akin to the good old kampung days. Here at Yassin Kampung, you can dine in these nostalgic kampung vibes over a plethora of seafood dishes that are best shared with family and friends ?
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This casual family restaurant offers an extensive menu boasting of meat and poultry, rice and noodle dishes, desserts and drinks selection and of course, seafood picks! There are a la carte options and even set menus in case you simply cannot decide what to get especially with the variety of choices available. Popular at Yassin Kampung are crispy oat prawns, 3 flavoured fish, sambal stingray and (while not seafood but worth the mention!) kampung durian chicken ?
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P.S. Leave some space for classic icy treats like their ice kacang after your meal!?
210 Marsiling Crescent, #01-01/03 Singapore 730210
676 Woodlands Drive 71, #01-19 Singapore 730676
106 Clementi Street 12, #01-6 Singapore 120106 (pending certification)
11am to midnight, daily.
BONUS: AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin Singapore
There's nothing quite like the seduction of a glorious buffet spread that will whet your appetite. AquaMarine @ Marina Mandarin Singapore offers a lavish buffet featuring top notch seafood such as Alaskan king crabs, ocean fresh sashimi, a plethora of cold shellfish, briny oysters and juicy large shrimps. There are also local favourites such as Chili and Black Pepper Crabs ?
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Imagine how delightful to have these come free-flow, so you can truly and thoroughly indulge yourself here in AquaMarine! For some variety, the restaurant also showcases other International and Asian cuisine with live roast stations, noodle stations as well as desserts like traditional kuehs, petite fours and ice-creams.
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It's really hard to pass up on a good buffet especially one that comes with a wide selection of other dishes on top of their already spectacular seafood options ?
Level 4, Marina Mandarin Singapore 6 Raffles Boulevard Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Mon to Fri (lunch): 12pm - 2.30pm. Sat & Sun, Public Holiday: 12pm - 3pm. Daily dinner: 6.30pm - 10pm
There are many ways to enjoy a great seafood meal - buffets, familiar tze char
-style, exotic Japanese-inspired dishes and not forgetting, the full waterfront sea views you get at some eateries. So whenever you’re craving for the freshest ocean catch, hope these 9 places will do the trick and make your tummies and hearts full!