Pince and Pints
The first of its kind in Singapore, this speciality eatery only serves lobster dishes--three to be exact. Traditionalists will appreciate the live whole lobster, steamed or grilled ($48), or the lobster roll ($48), while the more adventurous might go for the chilli lobster ($48). The restaurant also stocks craft beers such as Brew Dog's Punk IPA from Scotland and mixes curious cocktails like the 500 Days of Summer (gin, lemon and lime, homemade melon soda, mint). Sourced from Boston, Maine and Canada, the lobsters, restocked twice a week, are as fresh as it gets.
The buzz: A no-reservations, lobster-only version of London’s Burger & Lobster is creating waves on Duxton Road with a limited menu and nightly two-hour waits out the door for this lovely crustacean.
The vibe: Buzzing. Simply done up with a mixture of wooden chairs and booth seats, red accents and exposed brick walls, it’s clear the decor is secondary to the food. The two-shophouse space is packed to the brim and animated with an aptly upbeat electro-pop/indie dance playlist.
The food: There are exactly three options: whole lobster (grilled or steamed), a lobster roll and lobster slathered in a chilli crab-like sauce (all $48). They’re sourced from New England and Canada, weigh 600 grams on average and are fresh, sweet and succulent. The first two dishes come with sides of fries, a butter or garlic aioli sauce and tossed garden salad with shaved cheese; the chilli crab sauce comes with fried mantou.
The drinks: The wine list is pretty progressive and affordable and features smaller wineries with big-name grapes from a 2006 blend of Mourvèdre, Shiraz and Viognier from South Africa ($7/flight, $14/glass, $58/carafe). Among cocktails, we like Fat & Old Fashioned ($14), which is made with bacon bitters. Suds-wise, they’ve got pilsners from Hitachino and pale ales from Saison Dupont starting at $10.
Why you’ll be back: It’s simple and hipster-luxe at the same time, and the lobsters are nicely complemented by the booze list. Is it worth the snaking queues? Jury’s out.