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Craving for lobster? These are the places to visit to get the best crustacean dish

Prepare your crackers, because you'll definitely need it at these top food joints that serve the best lobster dishes
 

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Lobster is the king of all crustaceans, and is an expensive delicacy that can be costly to consume. It’s not hard to see why: When fresh and cooked to perfection, the firm and satisfyingly chunky flesh that slips easily off its shell is succulent, sweet and heady.

There are many ways to cook this coveted shellfish. From steamed lobster to lobster with cheese or butter sauce or soaked in creamy broth and more, here are some of the best places you should indulge in the prized catch. We say bookmark this page so you can access it the next time your bonus comes in.

 

1. Lobsters & Crabs dinner buffet at Carousel

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For a limited time only, you’d get to dig into all things lobster to your heart’s content — and how often do we get to do that? This weekly spread will showcase both lobsters and crabs cooked in several ways.

Dishes include a savoury cheesy Lobster Au Gratin, Maine lobster with black pepper sauce, a Hong Kong-style lobster and seafood cheese baked rice, truffle-scented lobster risotto, lobster bisque, braised lobster Hokkien Mee and a mean salted egg stir-fry lobster for a local twist.

Who knew lobster can have this many variations? As for crabs, there’s the usual chilli crab with mantous, deep-fried soft-shell crab and more.

At Carousel, Royal Plaza on Scotts, 25 Scotts Rd, Royal Plaza, Singapore 228220. Available from June 17 to Aug 19, every Monday for dinner from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at S$80++ (adults) and $46++ (children). Call 6219 3780, email carousel@royalplaza.com.sg or visit www.carouselbuffet.com.sg for reservations.

 

2. Grilled Maine Lobster at The Black Swan

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Instead of a rich and creamy Lobster Thermidor that can get a little too much sometimes, thanks to its combination of egg yolks and cheese crust from its Mornay sauce, The Black Swan’s new head chef Alysia Chan decided to create a lighter version.

Fresh, thick lobster flesh that is still in its shell is cooked with a piquant tomato-based romesco sauce instead. The dish (S$60++), which is part of the chophouse’s new food menu, comes with comforting black barley — that’s cooked in fish stock — and corn risotto, and served with burnt scallion.

At The Black Swan, 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704. Call 6438 3757 or visit www.theblackswan.com.sg/reservations/ for reservations.

 

3. Truffle Lobster Mac & Cheese at OverEasy

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What’s better than a mac and cheese? A souped up mac and cheese, with a generous dose of lobster meat and flavoured with truffle oil.

This family favourite recipe has been given a sophisticated spin by American diner OverEasy, and features succulent Maine lobster doused with a white wine and lobster shell broth, served with macaroni and a creamy mix of parmesan and gouda cheese ($48++).

If you’re interested in light nibbles, go for its Lobster Tator Tots ($14++ at OverEasy Orchard, $16++ at OverEasy Fullerton). It’s crunchy, brimming with Maine lobster, finely shredded potatoes and chives, and served with a refreshing aioli dip. One word: Addictive.

At OverEasy Fullerton, #01-06 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213 and OverEasy Orchard, #01-01 Liat Towers, 541 Orchard Road, Singapore 238881. Call 6684 1453 or visit www.overeasy.com.sg for reservations.

 

4. Lobster Bun at Tanjong Beach Club

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The lobster bun or lobster roll is probably the most popular lobster dish for lovers of the shellfish. And Tanjong Beach Club’s rendition hits all the right spots.

Nestled within a pillowy soft and slightly charred toasted brioche bun are generous slivers of juicy Maine lobster and fresh avocado tossed in burnt butter mayo. The cherry on top for its Lobster Bun ($38++) is the tobiko that’s sprinkled on top to give it an extra crunch.

At Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098942. Call 6270 1355 or visit www.tanjongbeachclub.com/reservations for reservations.

 

5. Peranakan Laksa with Lobster at The Salon

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The beloved laksa is usually served with prawns and cockles but The Salon’s rendition gives it extra punch with the addition of tender lobster meat.

It’s a luxe touch to a flavourful and comforting dish of fragrant coconut-based broth with dried shrimps, homemade rempah (spice paste) and rice vermicelli topped with fish cakes, hardboiled egg, tau pok (dried bean curd puffs), beansprouts and laksa leaves.

Bonus: The dish is part of the restaurant’s A Journey Through Taste Bicentennial four-course special, so you’d get to enjoy other delicious delicacies too. These include a trio of appetisers — Deep-fried Masala Chicken Drumlet, Homemade Pan-fried Dumpling and Tahu Goreng — and a different take on the classic Beef Wellington dish — the Oven-baked Salmon Wellington.

At The Salon, Hotel Fort Canning, 11 Canning Walk, Singapore 178881. Available until Sept 15 for lunch and dinner, at S$45++ per person. Call 6799 8809 or email thesalon@hfcsingapore.com for reservations.

 

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