SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

TAO Seafood Asia

The sophisticated vibe at this quintessentially Singaporean seafood restaurant makes it a great place for business lunches. On the menu are local seafood favorites and Chinese classics, including chilli crab, pot roasted cod and even tonics such as double boiled bird’s nest.

The buzz: Asia Square has seen lots of new openings recently (63Celsius, 180 Rotisserie) but this seafood joint certainly brings something different to the table.

The vibe: The 108-seater is a lot more swish than your usual seafood chain outlet, with plush seats and a red and Champagne-gold color scheme. Two private dining rooms (to seat 12-13 people), classy Chinese instrumental music and super attentive wait staff add to the sophistication.

The food: Seafood classics like fish maw and crab meat soup ($68), curry jumbo prawns ($18) and chilli crab ($6 per 100g) pepper the menu. If you’re not willing to get your hands dirty for crab, ask for the chilli crab sampler ($8), featuring crab meat in a bowl of savory-sweet gravy, paired with a single fried man tou—good for one. One of TAO’s signatures is the pot roasted cod ($38), a well-executed creation that's smooth and buttery with a hint of sweetness. Meat options such as the pot roasted chicken caramelized in rice wine ($20) are also available, and so are desserts like double boiled bird's nest ($48) and snow fungus with red dates and gingko nuts ($8).   

The drinks: It’s a traditional Chinese eating spot after all, so don’t expect beer or wine. Instead, you’ll find daily made brews, like water chestnut with bamboo cane and lemongrass with rock sugar ($5 each), as well as a selection of Chinese teas ($2 each), including pu'er and jasmine.  

Why you’ll be back: You’ll be hard-pressed to find a similar upscale seafood joint in the surrounding CBD area that works for both a quiet lunch and dinner.

Venue Details
Address: TAO Seafood Asia, #02-10 Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View, Singapore, 018961 Singapore
Phone: 6844-9969
Website: www.taoseafoodasia.com
Area: Raffles Place
Cuisine: Seafood
Open since: December, 2013
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 6-10pm
Nearest trainDowntown
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