Lobster rolls that overflow with sweet seafood
10 years ago, lobster rolls were never on most Singaporeans craving list. However, it has since become a mainstream menu item over the past decade. It isn’t just confined to upmarket restaurants with exorbitant prices either. A series of lobster roll specialists has entered the fray, offering the iconic New England sandwich at accessible prices.
Naturally, succulent and uber-fresh lobster flesh is the most important box to tick for a great lobster roll. However, a well-toasted, sinfully buttery brioche roll is vital too, as is a creamy yet light mayonnaise dressing. These 10 lobster rolls fit those criteria. Regardless of price, you’ll find a lobster roll here befitting any occasion.
1. Burger & Lobster
Burger & Lobster is one of the most popular restaurants in London for a casual yet classy meal. While you’ll still have to head to the airport for a taste of their famed crustaceans, you can at least dispense with the plane ticket. That’s because this renowned British eatery was part of the spate of international restaurants that set foot in Singapore at Jewel Changi Airport. Now, it has an outlet in Raffles Hotel too.
You can’t go wrong with their Original Roll (from $28++). Their toasty brioche buns exude butteriness, and overflow with chilled lobster flesh before being topped with a sprinkle of scallions. Unsurprisingly for a restaurant with “lobster” in their name, their eponymous crustaceans are wonderfully plump, bursting with natural seafood sweetness. That sweetness takes centre stage, because each lobster piece is simply dressed with a light coat of Japanese mayonnaise.
Check out our full review of Burger & Lobster.
2. Lobsters & Ice Cream V2.0
Lobsters & Ice Cream V2.0 have upgraded to a cosy, full-fledged cafe at Tanjong Pagar from their successful Chinatown kiosk. Even though prices begin from $18+, you won’t find any frozen seafood here—they get a fresh stock of lobsters daily.
Apart from the standard Maine-Style Lobster Roll ($18+), this humble joint stuffs their buns with a selection of other seafood such as clams and scallops. They also dress them in innovative sauces. The Truffle Standard Lobster ($22+) isn’t a looker, but the black truffle and porcini mushroom sauce adds a complex, earthy aspect that doesn’t overpower the sweet seafood. If lobster isn’t your thing, the Mentaiko Scallop Roll ($20+) may be up your alley, combining luscious scallops with the perennially popular umami punch of lightly-charred mentaiko.
Check out our full review of Lobsters & Ice Cream V2.0.
Address: Block 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-101, Singapore 081007
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11am to 10:45pm, Fri-Sat 11am to 11:45pm
Tel: 9663 6632
3. Pince & Pints
Homegrown gastrobar Pince & Pints serves up a collection of lobster and crab dishes that draw inspiration from all over the world. Lobster Mac & Cheese ($32++) is a distinctly Western dish, but plates like the Whole Cantonese Style Steamed Lobster ($58++) show that they haven’t forgotten their roots.
Feel that blend of East and West in their Lobster Roll ($58++), which comes with either classic garlic butter sauce or nonya chilli dressing. Whichever sauce you choose, you’ll be treated to firm and fresh lobster meat, accompanied by a bouquet of fluffy thick-cut fries.
Check our review of Pince & Pints new crab menu!
Address: 32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089496
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Sat & PH 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6225 7558
4. Chunky Lobsters
Chunky Lobsters was the first joint in Singapore to make lobster rolls seriously affordable as a weekly meal, rather than a treat for special occasions. “Seafood made affordable” is their motto, and that has clearly resonated with the local market because this unassuming kiosk has spawned two new outlets in the past year.
The menu here is simple— it’s just $16 lobster rolls. The only choice you have to make is the sauce, with Chunky’s Original wearing the traditional lemon and mayonnaise combo. Chunky’s Cheezy is an equally enticing option though, drenching those morsels of tender lobster meat with a medley of melty cheeses.
Check out our review of Chunky Lobsters!
Address: 138 Robinson Road, #02-03, Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 2:30pm
Website | Full list of outlets
5. Luke’s Lobster
Truly one of the most recognisable names for lobster rolls in the world, Luke’s Lobster has finally docked in Singapore. Their Orchard-based outlet brings the same lobster rolls and other seafood goodies you love from both its American and Japanese stores. A must-have is the signature Lobster Roll ($23.50), where a whopping 113g of Maine lobster is packed into a buttery brioche bun.
Check out our full review of Luke’s Lobster.
Address: 350 Orchard Road, #01-K4, Shaw House, Isetan Scotts, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 9pm
Tel: 6592 7642
6. The Naked Finn
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Despite the name, laidback Gillman Barracks restaurant The Naked Finn isn’t run by a Scandinavian exhibitionist. Instead, this homegrown establishment focuses on serving excellent seafood that are barely seasoned to highlight their quality. While their menu changes frequently based on the season, their Lobster Roll (from $35++) is a mainstay, and exemplifies their ethos.
Most rolls star poached lobster meat, but this rendition takes a different route, with hunks of lobster flesh kissing the grill instead. The resulting Maillard reaction adds a depth of flavour, allowing that sweet meat to be minimally seasoned. A quick toss in unsalted butter and crème fraîche is all the lobster needs, before it’s piled high in the ubiquitous brioche bun.
Address: Block 39 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109442
Opening hours: Tue-Thur 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm, Fri-Sat 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6694 0807
7. Dancing Crab
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Dancing Crab is at the top of many Singaporeans’ lists for a seafood feast. While they’re best known for their extravagant platters of seafood slathered in Cajun sauce, they also whip up some of the most value-for-money Lobster Rolls on the market.
$38++ doesn’t sound cheap, but each order comes with two buns, each stacked with chunky lobster meat. So if you’re too lazy to pull on a pair of gloves and crack open some crab claws, this pair of rolls will definitely fill you up.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, #07-14/15, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6509 1878
Website | Full list of outlets
8. The Market Grill
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The Market Grill proclaim they are Singapore’s lobster roll pioneers. This diner-inspired Telok Ayer institution specialises in steaks, burgers and lobsters—focusing on uber-fresh, high quality produce. Evident from the hill of claw meat jutting out of each Lobster Roll ($48++), the live Atlantic lobsters used here are downright fat.
Everything about this roll screams premium quality. Alluring grill marks score the buttered brioche bun, while spheres of fish roe cap the chunky pieces of lobster. Dijon mustard and herbs grace the mayonnaise mixture as well, providing piquancy and fragrance to complement the avalanche of seafood flavour.
Address: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10pm
Tel: 6221 6323
9. D’Good Cafe
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D’Good Cafe started life in 2012 as a homely Holland Village cafe, serving up comforting bistro fare such as their famous Dutch baby pancakes. Since then, this family-run cafe has exploded in popularity—opening outlets at Takashimaya and Jewel, each with a slightly different concept.
They also happen to serve up an affordable yet legit Lobster Roll ($26++). Their crustacean creation is distinguished by a refreshing, lemony sauce that cuts through any mayo or butter heaviness. This makes it especially suitable for a midday meal that won’t put you in a food coma for the rest of the afternoon.
Address: 273 Holland Avenue, #02-01/02, Singapore 278992
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 10am to 10:30pm, Thur-Sat 10am to 12pm
Tel: 6219 9807
Website | Full list of outlets
10. DB Bistro & Oyster Bar
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DB Bistro And Oyster Bar is renowned French-American chef Daniel Boulud’s first venture into Singapore. This MBS restaurant puts oysters first, but the Maine Lobster Roll ($42++) is where the chef’s American roots really shine through. His rendition caps the mayo-tossed lobster with creamy avocado and smoky paprika, making the refined lobster roll even more luxurious.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-48, The Shoppes At Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956
Opening hours: Mon 12pm to 10pm, Tue-Fri 12pm to 11pm, Sat 11am to 11pm, Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6688 8525
Claw your way to another lobster roll
Lobster rolls are more accessible and affordable than ever before. And with interesting components like charcoal buns and truffle sauce, we’ve only just begun to see innovative iterations of this classic dish. It won’t be long before someone tries to slap salted egg sauce on a lobster roll.
So when you need a spot to impress your date or somewhere to indulge in a seafood fix, check these restaurants out for some seriously good lobster rolls.
This article was originally written on 12 July 2019.