Luke’s Lobster – Famous New York Lobster Roll Opens in Singapore
We had plans to travel to New York this year but everything came to a halt when the pandemic happened. I was already planning the itinerary and a visit to Luke’s Lobster was part of it. Hence, I was excited about Luke’s coming to Singapore. They have opened in Isetan Scotts today and we queued 2 hours for it! Yes, we stood in the line since 12pm and only got a seat at 2pm.
This is Luke’s Lobster’s first foray into Southeast Asia. They already have 26 food trucks and full-service restaurants across America and 10 locations in Japan.
Located on the ground floor of Isetan Scotts, it is a very small open-concept restaurant where you can choose from regular dining tables, or perch yourselves onto a counter-top seat set against a feature wall dotted with decorative lobster buoys and watch the world buzz by on Singapore’s famed shopping strip.
The menu is very simple and it stays true to the core products of Luke’s Lobster. They use wild-caught Maine lobsters, top quality Jonah crabs that inhabit waters along the east coast of North America, and shrimp from Eastern Canadian fisheries—all sustainably sourced.
The seafood is then procured by their own seafood company at the dock, which is then steamed, picked, flash-frozen with nitrogen, packed and sent straight to Singapore. This ensures that the seafood remains in pristine condition.
The Signature Lobster, Crab and Shrimp Rolls are served in U.S. regular size (4 oz, $25.50 lobster; $23.50 crab; $21.50 shrimp). If you can’t decide, go for Luke’s Trio ($33.50) – the perfect sampler set of all three rolls. A more affordable Japan size (two-thirds of the 4oz roll) will be made available at a later stage.
Each Maine-style roll is served with chilled seafood atop a buttered, griddled split-top bun with a swipe of mayo, a coating of lemon butter, and a light sprinkle of the brand’s secret seasoning.
The lobster meat does taste fresh and flavours are very clean. If you’re looking for a rich, creamy, decadent lobster roll, this is not for you. The crab roll is not bad too, with sweet, tender chunks of meat! In terms of pricing, they are less expensive than Burger & Lobster and Pince & Pints.
I also ordered the Lobster Bisque ($12.90) that purees lobster, cream, sweet potato, and onion for a velvety base. It was underwhelming, I wish it was stronger in flavour. I prefer the chunkier Clam Chowder (S$11.50) that combines potatoes, clam juice, Worcester sauce and heavy cream cooked down to a simmer, finished with fresh clams. Wash it all down with quenchers such as Luke’s Homemade Lemonade ($6.50), Garden of Eden Cold Brew Tea ($7) or Green Pomegranate Cold Brew Tea ($7).
Come December, they will be launching Lobster or Crab Grilled Cheese and Lobster Mac & Cheese.
MissTamChiak.com made anonymous visit and paid its own meal at the stall featured here.
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