A craving for seafood and its unique flavour profile is hard to ignore. It’s fresh; it exudes the ocean’s distinct textures and tastes and is also a well-loved ingredient used in a variety of cuisines.
Whether you prefer the fish au naturale or with a punch of funky flavours, this foolproof list of seafood restaurants that do island-wide deliveries will have you peeling prawns, de-shelling crab and feeding your seafood-loving soul to your heart’s content in the comfort of your own home.
1. Jumbo Seafood
Think of a characteristically Singaporean seafood restaurant and most likely, Jumbo Seafood will come to mind. A heartland favourite that started out at the humble East Coast Seafood Centre, it’s now become “the big name in seafood” with six outlets, including specialty ones in ION Orchard and Dempsey Hill, each with its own distinct menu.
Try its famous crowd favourites such as Jumbo’s Signature Black Pepper Crab (starts from $92.50) and Golden Salted Egg Prawns ($28.50), available from all outlets. If you’re feeling peckish, take your pick from ION Orchard’s lunch time seafood dim sum and bento boxes. Pan-fried dough buns stuffed with savoury chili crab ($10.50) or Har Gao ($8) sounds just right for a palatable mid-day perk.
Just like its name suggests, Greenwood Fish Market is a seafood retailer and a restaurant that prizes the premium quality and variety of its seafood, and endeavours to bring the freshest catch to your table.
If you’re someone who enjoys cold seafood — almost like you just plucked the prawn out of the water —you’ll have to treat yourself to the Cold Seafood Platter ($). The platter comprises a wide variety of seafood: Steamed 1⁄2 Boston Lobster, Marinated Swordfish Belly, Freshly Shucked Oysters, Salmon Sashimi, New Zealand Littleneck Clams, Cooked Live Tiger Prawns, In-House Applewood Cold Smoked Salmon with Spanish Onions. Basically, a seafood buffet.
Other drool-inducing options include a Hot Seafood Platter ($109.95) featuring crispy grilled goodies and a gorgeous Sashimi Platter ($42.95). Feast away!
Seafood Paradise started out as the first humble hawker stall set up by Paradise Group, now a restaurant maestro with many concepts under its established belt. With decades of experience innovating and improving Chinese cuisine to suit Singaporean tastes, the restaurant offers great quality for its price, thankfully staying under the $100 mark for most dishes (we all know how scarily high seafood prices can scale to).
How good does its signature dish Creamy Butter Crab topped with Coconut Crumbs sound? The Dungeness crab, a luxurious crab loved for its abundant roes, is the highlight of this dish, accompanied by a thick, creamy butter sauce that accentuates the sweetness of the crab meat and roe. If you’re a fan of tiger prawns, their Sauteed Tiger Prawns tossed with Cereal and Egg ($28.84) is a must-try for its crumbly-yet-juicy mix of textures.
It would be hard to not recognise the name “Tunglok” when the reputable group has a whopping list of 9 concepts under its restaurant lineage spanning across seafood, sushi, duck and even DIY pancakes.
Tunglok Seafood is famous for its ingredient freshness and creative spins on local seafood-centric dishes, and crowd favourites include the Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk, a dish that puts two of our local guilty pleasures together on a plate.
Indulge in their value-for-money Combo Set Promo 1 for 2 to 4 pax ($129), and enjoy a spread of their best-sellers: Tunglok Chili Crab (1kg), Deep-fried Mantou, Crispy Fish Skin with Salted Egg Yolk and Deep Fried Prawn with Crispy Oats. You can almost hear the crunch in this irresistible combo!
A flat delivery fee applies with a minimum order of $50.
Known for their innovative creations based off of local Chinese cuisine favourites, seafood veteran Majestic Bay offers a modern take on distinctly Singaporean seafood. Their Stewed Signature Lobster Noodles ($68) is a smooth, silky dream featuring a sizeable, succulent lobster and beehoon soaked in savoury gravy.
Peckish eaters will be delighted by their dimsum bites, such as their Pan Seared Chili Crab Meat Buns ($5.50 for 3) and many more dimsum options ranging across meat, vegetables and even their famous too-cute-to-eat yellow rubber ducklings.
What happens when a jolly American seafood diner meets Singaporean’s heartland cuisine? You’ll get the eclectic, funky mix that is Dancing Crab.
Hailing from the well-known lineage of Tunglok’s restaurants, this restaurant features bold, fusion flavours like their Live Crab Combo with Cajun Sauce ($105) and Live Lobster Roll ($38.50) which is the closest thing you can get to a buttery American hotdog roll made of lobster that comes with a side of sweet potato or truffle fries. Grab a partner or a group of friends and get your hands messy with their finger-lickin’ grub. A flat delivery fee of $5 applies with a minimum order of $50.
The seafood scene may be big on loud and dramatic flavours but there are also restaurants that keep the focus on the natural freshness of its seafood dishes. Drawing inspiration from Chinese cuisine and simple Singaporean heartland food, Joyden Seafood serves up seafood dishes that never fail to warm up the heart with its home-cooked touch.
Try the Braised Crab Vermicelli with Ginger and Spring Onion ($95), a dish that resembles homemade comfort food. Braised with vermicelli, ginger, spring onions, and garlic, the minimal garnish enhances and accents the sweetness of the succulent crab meat, and the silky beehoon mops up the gravy like a dream, leaving nothing left behind.
Famous Treasure is a heritage-rich seafood restaurant specialising in Hokkien, Teochew and Cantonese cuisine, a go-to place to bring your Asian parents and grandparents to on special occasions.
Their signature dish, Baked Flower Crab with Rock Salt (from $49), is highly raved about as intensely fragrant and sweet in spite of its light and natural seasoning. Other signatures include their Sri Lankan Crabs decked in Black Pepper or Salted Egg Yolk (from $108).
If you’re in the mood for something lighter and fresher on the palate, their Strengthen Your Internals Steamed Cod ($54) will hit the spot. Prepared with a vast array of herbs like cordycep flower, black garlic, tangerine, wolfberry and shredded ginger, this immunity-boosting fresh fish dish is the perfect counterbalance to a spread of heavily flavoured dishes.
Momma Kongs‘ chili crab wins on two fronts: its delicious crabs are prepared without MSG and they go by a fixed price of $55 for a 650g air-flown Sri Lankan crab so you won’t have to worry about a shocking bill at the end of your meal.
Leave it up to Momma Kong’s to tell you what’s good. A Meal for Two ($125) comprises one crab, four fried mantous, one crayfish side, one side of seafood or chicken bites, one vegetable side, and two drinks. What a steal! Every option is customisable with a myriad of flavours to choose from: there are ten different flavours of crab, ranging from steamed or grilled for the health conscious to oh-so-spicy mala and salted egg yolk for the adventurous flavour folk.
Other eye-catching dishes include the local favourite Laksa Crab ($50) that sounds downright enticing with its gravy, sambal belachan and silky beehoon combo, as well as the comforting Crab Beehoon Soup ($50).