Located at the defunct Pierside Kitchen & Bar, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill at One Fullerton is the latest brainchild of The Big Idea which manages a stable of trendy concepts such as Kinki, Fat Cow, Marmalade Pantry and Bedrick Bar and Grill. With the vast culinary experience of Group Executive Chef Dan Segall and The Pelican's Head Chef Isaac Tan, The Pelican's menu is conceptualized and inspired by classic East American cuisine.
While The Pelican's interior is initmate and cozy, boasts a collection of vintage curios from the glamourous era of luxurious sea travel, the outdoor veranda allows one to relax and enjoy the beautiful views of the Marina Bay Waterfront.
While waiting for the rest of the dining group to arrive, Karen and me started with a glass of Mojito each. A key feature of The Pelican bar, it takes pride in serving a variety of 10 Mojitos. I think Karen went for the original Draque Mojito while I had the Cuban classic mojito with lime and lychee.
Seaweed Sourdough Bread 4/5
The complimentary Seaweed Sourdough Bread is specially baked by a local bakery for the restaurant.
The Pelican Platter 4.2/5
Singaporean loves for seafood can be satisfied in the The Pelican Platter ($99) that can serve up to 3 people. The platter showcases the daily freshest import from different part of the ocean. In the platter one can find raw oysters, clams, dungeness crab, poached prawns, steamed whole Maine lobster, marinated conch salad and swordfish ceviche with accompaniments of lemon, cocktail sauce and mignonette dressing.
The Pelican Chowder 4.5/5
The Pelican Chowder ($16) is different from the usual creamy and chunky version. As I understand, this is Manhattan style chowder with a clear broth. The intense flavours from the seafood, brown butter and bacon was very comforting and hearty.
Black Peppered Candied Bacon 4.2/5
We were joking that The Pelican should sell the Black Peppered Candied Bacon ($18) for Chinese New Year since both texture and taste is similar to the Bak Kwa (barbecued pork). This Angmo Bak Kwa was so awesome that I kept going back for more.
Cod's Tongue Casserole 3/5
Not commonly served at restaurants is the Cod's Tongue Casserole ($26). Worry not we are not eating the actual tongue of the fish. Cod's tongue is actually a small muscle from the next of the fish. Cooked with roast garlic and pork scratchings, I felt it was rather bland. Texture wise it was quite nice resembling that of a scallop.
NZ Skate Wing Chop 2.5/5
From the wood fired grill, The NZ Skate Wing Chop ($32) reminds me of our local barbecued sting ray. Grilled to a nice smokey flavour with burnt lemon butter, the exterior was flavoursome but the fish meat was again rather bland. It was not memorable.
Wood Grilled Corn 4/5
For the side, we tried the Wood Grilled Corn ($12) with sheep's milk cheese and chilli. This is really beautiful and appertising.
Baked Snapper Pie 4.5/5
The Baked Snapper Pie ($36) probably is the most popular item on The Pelican's menu. I noticed quite a number of tables ordered this. Baked to a nice golden brown, the puff pastry with snapper, asparagus and mushroom was simply awesome. I will definitely order this again in my next visit.
Pina Colada Sherbet 4.2/5
Besides the savoury, The Pelican serves some aweseome desserts too. The Pina Colada Sherbet ($14) with pineapple jam and toasted coconut was a interesting pairing that was surprisingly very good and refreshing.
Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie 4.2/5
The Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie ($16) is one for the chocolate lovers. Not the best looking dessert but the richness of the chocolate was simply heavenly.
Lemon Meringue Mess 4.2/5
The light and airy Lemon Meringue Mess ($14) with graham crackers not only completed my dinner in a sweet note but zest my whole dining experience at The Pelican.
The name of the restaurant and bar was chosen as the pelican has long been a symbol that holds great affinity with seafarers who would find their way back to land after a long voyage to celebrate their homecoming. The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill's strategic and premium waterfront locale fits the bill to recreate these same experiences where diners will feel welcome and at home in the inviting setting to enjoy the warm hospitality and comforting food that await them.
Not to be missed is their happy hour deal Mon to Fri (5pm to 8pm), 1-for-1 on house red and white wines, spirits, and hoegarden beer on draft. A fabulous weekday (Mon to Fri) 3 course set lunch is also available at $35++.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
1 Fullerton Road
Tel: +6 64380400
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)
Lunch: Mon-Fri, 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: Mon-Sat, 5pm - 1am
(Closed on Sun)
1) Alight at Raffles Place MRT. Take Exit A or B. Walk to Clifford Centre and then Change Alley. Take escalator to level 2. Cross the road using the OUE Link. Turn left towards Fullerton Bay Hotel. Walk to towards the bay and destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]