Lobsters & Ice Cream at Tanjong Pagar Plaza serves up U.S style lobster rolls, alongside several variants of seafood rolls. It is not here to fight with the Lobster bars that have already gained much reputation but to fill the gap in the dining options where you can get your hands on the traditional east coast style rolls in a fast and casual manner. Aside from Maine style, you get to the style that you want your seafood roll to be served. Each sauce is created to highlight and complement the delicate flavours of seafood.
Premium Lobster roll Maine style 4/5
2 types of Lobster rolls are available - Premium ($16 half-roll/$29 full-roll) and Standard ($18/full-roll). Premium roll uses live lobsters air-flown from North America (Canada and US) and arrive at the bistro every morning, which they are par-cooked and deshelled before being finished off on the pan upon order. Maine style would be the most ideal way to enjoy the quality of the lobster. Sauteed and seasoned with celery salt, oregano, pepper, thyme and a dash of lemon. I appreciate the fact that the mayo is only being spread lightly on the bread roll instead of mixing it with the lobster, which some places overdo it. That allows me to enjoy even the very faint notes of herbs, which enhance the taste of the entire roll.
Standard Lobster with Truffle Sauce (tasting portion) 3/5
Standard Lobster uses lobsters that are more common for commercial use, in which they are precooked by suppliers in large quantities. I had mine with truffle sauce (+$4). It tasted all right, but I think it is more worthwhile to spend that extra bucks on a side dish.
Seafood roll with SG Chilli Crab Sauce (tasting portion) 3.8/5
The Seafood Roll ($23) with SG Chilli Crab Sauce is highly recommended. Using a half crab half lobster mix, you have the texture from the lobster, and punch of flavours from the chilli crab layered below the lobster. That allows the buttered toast to sop up the sauce, which replicates the classic experience of fried mantou dipped in chilli crab sauce. Made in-house by the chef-owner, the chilli crab sauce is impressive. It was robust, assertive and not overly sweet.
Prawn roll (tasting portion) 3.5/5
Reminiscent of a Mexican taco, my Prawn Roll ($18) was zesty with Mexican sauce. I love the bright flavours and crunch of this Mexican style roll, especially with the addition of the punchy jalapeno slices.
Scallop Roll 3.5/5
Scallop Roll ($18) is recommended to pair with Mentaiko sauce (+$2), for the extra briny and savoury flavours. The Mentaiko sauce is not your usual mentaiko flavoured mayonnaise but made with real spicy pollock/cod roe mixed with flying fish roe. The scallops were seared to a beautiful golden brown, which imparted a smoky flavour to the roll.
What can perhaps be better is the type of bread roll used. While the bread roll is quite light and able to hold the filling well without turning soggy, a fluffier and a more buttery version will make each roll more indulgent and satisfying.
Truffle Feta Garlic Fries 3/5 and Crispy Fried Whitebait 3/5
Seafood Soup 3.8/5 and Organic Potatochips 3/5
There are several sides available to complete your meal, and I highly recommend the Seafood Soup ($7). It is almost like a clam broth, which surprised me with its depth of flavours. An interesting item is the housemade Organic Potato Chips ($5).
Cherry Beer Ice Cream 4/5
Kriek Boon Beer
A wide range of craft beers is available here too, including beer on tap. And the best part is that the team managed to churn one of them into ice cream! The Cherry Beer flavour ($5) is one of my favourites, made using Kriek Boon. Expect its texture to be a tad grainy, due to the carbonation in the beer. An extensive list of flavours to entice you, including unique variants such as whisky which tastes like a classic Rum & Raisin and Pandan Gula Melaka. I would encourage you to try the Savoury range, which offers a refreshing Lime Mirin Tarragon, and a rather rare Truffle Ice Cream.
Written By Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food.
Lobsters & Ice Cream
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)
Mon-Sun: 11am - 1045pm
1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Tanjong Pagar Road. Cross the road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]