SG Food Fad: Have Yourself A Lobster Rolling Good Time!

Stuff yourself on a crustacean stuffed in bread.

By Chris Ong        22 December 2020

Singaporeans love seafood; Singaporeans also love bread. Put the two food items together and you get the Sorcerer’s Stone that is the lobster roll. Fish out your fave from the variations that have popped up over the recent months.

Fremantle Seafood Market Tom Yum Lobster Roll
Want to try something special? Try the Tom Yum Pumpkin Lobster Roll from Fremantle Seafood Market! Image: Fremantle Seafood Market

Fremantle Seafood Market

Can’t fly to Perth to savour fresh Australian briny cuisine? Then just have it right on our shores instead with Fremantle Seafood Market’s newest basket of lobster rolls. Anything with truffle makes it extra yummy, so having the Truffle Lobster Roll is a no-brainer. But for those who want something more interesting, try the Tom Yum Pumpkin Lobster Roll or the Cayenne Lobster Roll. The meats are coated with tangy in-house made sauces and pinched between pan-fried brioche buns, making for crispy and spicy seafood fixes.

Fremantle Seafood Market is at Blk 3E, River Valley Road, Traders’ Market, #01-05/06, 179024.

Chunky Lobsters Chilli Crab Lobster Roll
The Chilli Crab Lobster Roll from Chunky Lobsters is a must-try. Image: Chunky Lobsters

Chunky Lobsters

ICYDK, this homegrown biz was left out on the rough seas, disappearing from VivoCity and The Cathay in July. But, it now has reemerged at Orchard Gateway in November with a new cafe concept. While Chunky Lobsters runs an outlet at Bugis Junction, it is only for takeaways; at this latest outpost, you can sit to chow down on its affordable offerings! Yes, it has not broken its promise of keeping its rolls wallet-friendly; the Original goes for $18 to $30, while the ones custom-made for Singaporean taste buds such as Chilli Crab and Mentaiko Lobster Rolls start from $20. And if you are, aherm, on a roll, there are also Snow Crab Rolls and Prawn Rolls to be had here.

Chunky Lobsters is at 277 Orchard Road, orchardgateway, #01-10, 238858 and 200 Victoria Street, Bugis Junction, #B1-K10, 188021.

Luke's Lobster
Indulge in this succulent trio at Luke’s Lobster. Image: Luke’s Lobster Facebook

Luke’s Lobster

Imagine this as the Shake Shack of lobster rolls; the hype over its opening at Isetan Scotts in late September was enough to rival that of its burger neighbour across the street. Decide if this famed East Village lobster shack-to-global-chain lives up to all the hullabaloo by digging into any one of its hero-trio: the signature Lobster Roll, Crab Roll or Shrimp Roll, all served in 4-ounce (113 grams) portions. If you want it all, then take on Luke’s Trio sampler set (each type is presented as manageable half-portions). The Maine-style rolls come with chilled tender lobster meat, with drizzles of mayo and lemon butter, and a dash of its Secret Seasoning. Plus, it’s all sustainably sourced so its all good goodiness in a toasted split-top bun.

Luke’s Lobster is at 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House, Isetan Scotts, #01-K4, 238868.

Burger & Lobster
The Original Lobster Roll from Burger & Lobster is real satisfying. Image: Burger & Lobster Facebook

Burger & Lobster

Torn between having a burger or a lobster roll with your lunch date? Have the best of both worlds at this UK chain restaurant. First, pick between its Jewel Changi Airport or Raffles Hotel Arcade dining spots, then look up the respective menus (the latter is larger in its food range and physical space). On both menus, are its delish Original Lobster Roll (chilled and dressed in Japanese mayo) and Surf & Turf Roll (lobster meat plus a mini Nebraskan beef patty with cheese). Or, if you are out with the gang, take on the 4- or 6-diner combos (available only at the hotel outlet) that come with lobster rolls or burgers, a lobster dish (or two), sides and drinks (cocktail upgrades are possible).

Burger & Lobster is at 328 North Bridge Road, Raffles Hotel, Arcade, 188719, and 78 Airport Boulevard, #05-203, 819666.

Dancing Crab Live Lobster Roll
For a delicious experience, be sure to order the Live Lobster Roll at Dancing Crab. Image: Dancing Crab Facebook

Dancing Crab

If you want to introduce the whole family to the lobster roll, you can start them easy with a classic version at any of TungLok Group’s Dancing Crab restaurants that dish out Louisiana-meets-Singapore style seafood. There is only the one Live Lobster Roll here: Fresh, juicy chunks of Boston Lobster, covered with choron sauce, held together by two pan-grilled butter brioche buns. Top this up with Truffle or Sweet Potato Fries for just a dollar or add more of its Homemade Brioche Rolls at $2 a piece, to make the meal more hearty. Not enough? There are also Nachos with Crab Meat, Seafood Gumbo, and super messy crab and lobster combos for sharing.

Dancing Crab is at various outlets.