SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

The Prawn Star

A local seafood-centric restaurant that takes cues from zi char flavors.

The folks behind Tiong Bahru Bar open this convivial space that's all about local produce sourced from the markets with a focus on fresh seafood. It's a reimagining of a traditional zi char kitchen with a fusion take on dishes like grilled king prawns with kimchi-miso butter ($26), blue swimmer crab or king prawns in vermicelli claypot ($32) and calamari yaki udon (the udon is actually made with sliced squid pieces) with bacon ($18), as well as some meat options like sriracha honey lime chicken leg ($24) and grilled grassfed ribeye steak ($58).

The homey space decked out in blue tiles and an exposed bar and kitchen with metal touches also serves drinks like wines (from $14), craft beers like Lost Coast (from $14) and a succinct cocktail list (all $16) with concoctions like Room for One made with whiskey, lemon and egg white.

The buzz: The folks behind Tiong Bahru Bar open a seafood-centric locavore joint on Duxton Hill that reinvents classic dishes with zi char flair.

The vibe: A conservation shophouse is given an industrial metal-heavy update. Think hanging steel crates and corrugated cargo containers interspersed with traditional columns and a large vintage-looking mirrors. The atmosphere's casual and friendly, so expect lots of tipples and family-style sharing plates.

The food: Fusion dishes like grilled king prawn in kimchi-miso butter ($26), blue swimmer crab in vermicelli claypot ($32) and a huge seafood platter for two ($68) with market catches like squid, crabs, prawns and clams. It's not as zi char-inspired as we thought, but the Asian twist gives the dishes a welcome spicy kick. Don't miss the addictive sriracha caramel popcorn ($8) that has a gentle heat and the banh mi fries ($12) with pork and jalapeño, which makes a great side. For those who don't do seafood, there are options like sriracha honey lime chicken leg ($24) and a ribeye steak ($58) with kimchi-miso butter and lobster mushroom ragout.

The drinks: Easy and playful. There's a wine list with mainly New World options like Chilean Sauvignon Blanc ($14/glass) and New Zealand Pinot Noir ($18/glass), as well as easy-drinking cocktails like Island Romp ($15), a cucumber-kaffir lime take on a classic G&T. Go for craft beers like California's Lost Coast brews ($14) that pair well with spicy seafood.

Why you'll be back: It's a fun and easy option for seafood-lovers, with the fusion dishes and spicy Asian kick a welcome change.

Venue Details
Address: The Prawn Star, 21 Duxton Hill, Singapore, 089604 Singapore
Phone: 6323-3353
Area: Tanjong Pagar
Cuisine: Fusion, Local
Open since: November, 2014
Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2:30pm; Sat 6pm-midnight
Nearest trainChinatown
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