Frederick Yap, managing director of Pince & Pints, says his restaurant serves sustainable lobsters from the United States. Image: ST/ Desmond Foo
Move over, crab and prawn. The hottest crustacean in town is the fancy lobster, which is popping up in restaurants in the form of lobster rolls. And you might be surprised to find that lobster rolls here cost less than $50.
Life! found eight places in Singapore selling the traditional sandwich, with prices ranging from $14 to $48.
Most of the restaurants Life! interviewed use American lobsters, known as Homarus americanus. They are imported from Boston, Maine and Canada. American lobsters are said to be generally cheaper than Australian, European and Asian ones.
Check these foodie spots out for a taste of lobster rolls soon too:
1.THE CAJUN KINGS
Where: 15-1 Jalan Riang, Braddell Heights Estate
Open: 4.30 to 10pm (Tuesday to Thursday), 4.30 to 11pm (Friday), 3.30 to 11pm (Saturday), 3.30 to 10pm (Sunday), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6284-4426 or e-mail email@example.com
The Cajun Kings lobster roll. Image: Melvin Chen
This seafood boil restaurant introduced lobster rolls on May 29. They are available only from Friday to Sunday. Instead of using the traditional hot dog bun, boiled and chilled meat chunks from half a 650g lobster are placed on a toasted brioche bun and slathered with mayonnaise and clarified butter.
2. BOSTON SEAFOOD SHACK
Where: The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, 01-16
Open: 11am to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 11am to 11pm, (Friday and Saturday); 8am to 10pm (Sunday)
Info: Call 6694-3984 or go to www.bostonseafoodshack.com.sg and www.facebook.com/BostonSeafoodShack
Lobster roll from Boston Seafood Shack. Image: Boston Seafood Shack
At only $14, this casual American seafood diner’s Boston premium lobster roll was the cheapest that Life! found among all the other restaurants.
Stuffed with around 100g of lobster meat, it is served with fries and salad on the side.
3. DANCING CRAB
Where: The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, 01-20/21
Open: 5 to 10.30pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 11.30am to 3pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holiday), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6466-3303
Lobster roll at Dancing Crab. Image: Tung Lok
Opened in April this year, this American seafood restaurant’s lobster roll ($23) contains 70g of lobster meat from a whole lobster tail and comes with coleslaw, Cajun fries and sliced pickles.
The restaurant also sells a whole lobster weighing 800g at $76.
The most popular item on the menu is the lobster combo bag ($100), with prawns, mussels, corn on the cob, Italian sausages and baby potatoes.
4. PLATYPUS LOBSTER SHACK
Where: China Square, 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row 01-31
Open: 6 to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 6 to 11pm (Friday to Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6438-7961 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Platypus Lobster Shack’s owner Nicholas Lin says he sells about 120 lobster rolls on Thursdays and Fridays on average. Image: ST/ Dios Vincoy Jr.
Be spoilt for choice at this lobster shack, which serves nine kinds of lobster rolls – The Traditional, The Modern, Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Smoked Paprika, Spicy Diablo, Spicy Roasted Garlic, Red Miso & Sesame Uni Roll, and Lemon & Piquant Garlic.
A lobster roll stuffed with 90g of lobster meat goes for $19, while one with 135g goes for $29.
You can order a set, which comes with truffle crisps and a side salad, for $23 or $33.
5. PINCE & PINTS RESTAURANT & BAR
Where: 32/33 Duxton Road
Open: 5 to 11pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday, last order at 10.15pm
Info: Call 6225-7558 or go to www.facebook.com/pinceandpints
Lobster roll at Pince & Pints. Image: Pince & Pints
The lobster roll ($48) is a bestseller at this lobster-only restaurant. The roll is stuffed with about 160g of lobster meat and is served with mesclun salad and shoestring fries.
6. THE MARKET GRILL
Where: 208 Telok Ayer Street
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6 to 10pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6221-3323
The Market Grill’s lobster roll ($45) is stuffed with meat from a 500g lobster and is served with fries and a small salad. The restaurant introduced a new special this month called the Lobster Royale ($22) – a lobster bisque egg pudding.
7. THE CLIFFORD PIER
Where: The Fullerton Bay Hotel Singapore, 80 Collyer Quay
Open: 6.30 to 10.30am, 11.30am to 2.30pm, 3.30 to 5.30pm, 6.30pm to midnight (weekday); 6.30 to 11.30am, 12.30 to 5.30pm, 6.30pm to 1am (weekend)
Info: Call 6597-5266
The lobster roll at Clifford Pier. Image: Clifford Pier
Its Pier Lobster Roll ($29) features 150g of butter-poached lobster meat on a toasted bun with light mayonnaise and chives, alongside French fries and a salad.
The restaurant also sells wok-fried lobster with ginger and scallion ($58).
This article was first run in The Straits Times newspaper on July 20, 2014. For similar stories, go to sph.straitstimes.com/premium/singapore. You will not be able to access the Premium section of The Straits Times website unless you are already a subscriber.