The Place If you are looking for a good restaurant to dine with waterfront view of Singapore, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill is one restaurant I will highly recommend. The modern seafood restaurant has recently launched a new Raw Bar concept, which dishes out fresh seafood imported from various regions. I personally think the ambience at Pelican is quite vibrant, given the mix of tourist and office crowds, which often packed the nice and spacious alfresco dining area overlooking the waterfront.
The Food Helmed by new Head Chef Jonathan Sparber, I was excited to check out the refreshed menu, given that I have heard some good reviews about Pelican Seafood previously.
We started with the mega-size Pelican Platter ($138/serves 2-3 pax), a generous assortment of fresh Canadian Oysters, Scotland Crab, US Lobster, Prawns, Mussels and Clams. I was amazed and pleasantly surprised by how fresh the platter is, and found out that Pelican gets its fresh supplies of seafood twice weekly from around the globe. As someone who doesn’t fancy oysters, the ones here have my stamp of approval. My favourites out of the lot are the crab and lobster, both with generous chunks of sweet and fresh meat.
For the best of the raw bar, the Oyster Special ($18/oyster) is the real treat. Garnished with beetroot smeared with butter, I find the taste complimenting the French oyster though some of us quipped it overpowered the oyster flavour. The way the oyster is done varies, so you may spot Uni (Sea Urchin) Oyster the next time if you are in luck.
From the Roe & Caviar Selection, I highly recommend the Trout Roe Brioche ($18/2 servings), a beautiful combination of dark red and orange hues of fresh Belgium roe. The dark red roes are marinated in red win vinegar and beetroot juice, so much about creative juices in the kitchen. It was slighly awkward how to have this brioche, either you slice it up or attempt to put it in your mouth all in one go, else you will see the pretty roes bouncing all over the table. I attempted the latter bravely, and the result is a shoik explosion in the mouth!
Other highlights we tried from the Raw Bar include the Scandinavian-style Scampi ($18), served raw or torched and Scallop ($18). Personally, I prefer the Scallops from the east coast of US, lightly seasoned with some lime and salt, which invariably accentuates its freshness in a better fashion than the Scampi.
Another new creation on the menu, the Cream of Corn ($18) is not the usual corn soup I was expecting. The corn soup comes served with mussels on the polenta, whereby we pour the rich corn soup over it, whereby the corn soup taste is further enriched by cooking it with the mussels.
Some classics at Pelican Seafood are always worth having again, such as the highly raved Old Fashioned Crab Cakes ($24), easily one of my favourite dishes here. This is the best crab cake I ever had, and a huge part has to be the generous chunks of fresh crab – a must try.
For mains, the Glacier 51 Toothfish ($45), also known as Patagonian Toothfish, is coated with brioche crust, somewhat unexpected as I was wondering where the fish skin has gone to. The broiche crust is somewhat like a bread crumbs coating, and the dish is also served with olives, saffron corn sauce and kailan. It was my first time trying the Toothfish, which I can say has a taste resemblant to Cod fish, except that it is less oily. Interestingly, the Glacier 51 Toothfish is sourced from the sub-Antarctic islands and certified sustainable fishery.
For desserts, the classic Whoppie Pie ($16) will surely excite the chocolate lovers. Shaped like a chocolate burger, the richness is evident from the first bite, made from 66% Valrhona chocolate. The calories and joy are best shared.
And if there is still some space to spare, try the Homemade Ice Cream ($5) and ask for the flavours of the day. Expect flavours such as Liquorice and Sour Cream with White Wine, quite a novel deviation from the usual.
Rants Prices are on the high side for seafood, but given The Pelican’s prime location in the business and tourist district, do expect to chalk up a hefty bill for a decent spread of food.
Will I Return Again? If you were to ask me for good seafood recommendation, The Pelican is undoubtedly one of my top picks. After all, what’s not to love about good food and view?
Make your reservation instantly at The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill here.
Taste bud: 4.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4.5/5
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
1 Fullerton Rd, Singapore 049214
Tel: +65 6438 0400
Mondays to Fridays, 12noon to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Saturdays, 12noon to 6pm
Dinner: Mondays to Saturdays, 6pm to 11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Closed on Sundays
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