Another new restaurant has made its way to Marina Bay vicinity. Taking over the former home of the European restaurant Pierside, The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill is the latest seafood concept restaurant by the same team that also manages popular eateries such as Bedrock Bar & Grill, Fat Cow, Kinki and Marmalade Pantry.
Boasting an awe-inspiring view of the Marina Bay, this new seafood destination exudes a relaxed charm, warmth and a bit of quirkiness. The dining room is filled with great design touches and fun art pieces – from the large copper framed glass doors that give you the great waterfront view outside, to the copper plates feature wall and tear-drop vintage globes that resembles the angler fish, and of course the oversized striking acrylic seahorse art pieces on the wall.
The design may be the talking point, but it is soon superseded by the food. The menu created by Group Executive Chef Dan Segall from Boston offers classic East Coast American inspired cuisine. Fresh, seasonal and sustainable seafood is the restaurant’s forte here at The Pelican. If you are there with a group of friends, The signature Pelican’s Platter ($99 for 2 to 3 pax – see main image above) filled with fresh raw oysters, poached prawns, crab, steamed whole Maine lobsters and marinated conch salad, is a must try.
If you love bak kwa (Chinese-style pork jerky), you will enjoy the Black Peppered Candied Bacon ($14). The bacon lightly coated with brown sugar was caramelised into a sweet glaze that makes this bacon an interesting appetizer or a wonderful bar snacks. The Cod’s Tongue Casserole ($26) is one unique dish you should try. This dish is actually nothing exotic as you think it is. Considered a great delicacy, these small patches of meat behind the gill plate, curving down to the bottom of the fish, flush to the jaw (not the tongue), are deep-fried and well-flavoured with thyme, roasted garlic and pork scratchings. The bite-sized meat is soft, fairly rich and it’s hard to stop once you have tried it.
Other worth-trying appetizers include The Pelican Potted Prawns ($14), a cold starter topped with pimento peppers and served with homemade pumpernickel bread and the new twist to the classic calamari dish, the Rhode Island Fried Squid ($18), topped with chopped green olives, capers and banana peppers.
The hearty portions continue with many of the mains. The wood fire-grilled Line-caught Swordfish Steak ($36) will be a favourite with fish lovers. Served with fresh herb vinaigrette, the fish is simply grilled to perfection to bring out the subtle flavour of the fish. Another must-try dish is the Baked Snapper Pie ($36). The fish pie made with a filling of creamy broth of slivers of snapper, asparagus and mushroom, was encased in a layer of golden and puffy pastry. If you are a meat lover, you can go for their non-seafood dish – the Sea-brined Baby Chicken ($30) served with gooseberry relish. The meat was very tender and somehow it tasted very much like quail.
The Pelican also has an interesting line up of desserts to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you are still feeling hungry, go for the sinful and yet delicious Double Chocolate Whoopie Pie ($16), Lemon Meringue Mess ($14) with homemade graham crackers, or the Pina Colada Sherbet ($14) with pineapple jam & toasted coconut shavings to cleanse your palate after a heavy meal.
Besides serving up great seafood, the Pelican also has a great selection of wine, beer and cocktail menu. Mojito is a key feature. You get to choose from 10 varieties of Mojitos ($16 – $18) to go with your meal. The Pelican is currently having a three-course weekday set lunch special at $35++ and sunset specials (from 5pm to 8pm), where you get 20% discount from selected house pours, beers and wines.
The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill
#01-01 One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Tel: 6438 0400
Operating Hours: Lunch: Monday to Friday, Noon to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 5pm to 1am (last order 10.30pm)
(Closed on Sundays)
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