November 02, 2017

Pince & Pints Restaurant And Bar, New Outlet At Katong ~ Lobster Roll, Lobster Noodles, Chili Lobster And More!

It's "everything lobster" at Pince & Pints Restaurant and Bar!

After first opening its doors at Singapore's Duxton Road in 2014, and following an outpost in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur, the homegrown lobster establishment has just launched a franchise outlet at the charming neighborhood of Katong a few weeks ago.

Our appetite for the crustacean quickly guided our way over. We looked forward to an array of lobster dishes, and were told that live wild-caught lobsters are air-flown direct weekly from the Atlantic Coast. These are stored in the restaurant's state-of-the-art tank facility till preparation for consumption. I'm impressed! How much fresher can it get?

Teetotaler us decided to try some hand-crafted mocktails for a start even though the bar counter offers a good variety of cocktails, wines, spirits, whiskey, beers and ciders.

Other than the pretty Berrie-Licious ($16), a notable highlight is the Mr & Mrs Smith ($14), a concoction of kiwi, home-made pandan syrup, apple and guava juice. The subtle fragrance and sweet hints of the pandan leaves tames the perky acidity of the kiwi very well, making it a refreshing drink for the recent warm weather.

Besides, according to TV chef Nigella Lawson, pandan is likely to be the next big thing after avocados and matcha. Pandan as hipster food, or rather, flavoring? Hey, we're hip in making this mocktail selection lol!

As there's a couple of us for dinner and the meal is going to be a "share share eat" affair, it allows us to order more and try more dishes.

Our bowl of Lobster Chowder ($38) is chocked full of lobster, crab, and baby clams. The sweetness of the seafood, and warm, creamy broth made with ingredients including leeks, potatoes and onions commenced us on a positive note.

Lobster Mac & Cheese ($29)! This is the ultimate comfort food, souped up with elbow pasta, chunks of lobster meat, mozzarella cheese and cognac. The sweetness of the lobster, and saltiness of the cheese strikes a great balance, and makes this dish a must try.

We also shared a Mixed Platter ($32) comprising of crispy fish skin, calamari, garlic butter mussels, straight-cut fries, and char-grilled bread, accompanied by chili dip and tartar sauce. Can't go wrong with these deep-fried sinfulness.

Next up, Pince & Pints' popular Lobster Roll ($58)! This well-prepared roll hits all the high marks for the makings of a great rendition. The moist and lightly-grilled warm bun is slathered with butter internally which hits you on the first bite with buttery goodness, followed by umami cubes of lobster. Bathed in a creamy light sauce, it accentuated the meat very well. The freshness and bouncy texture of the lobster meat is the definitely the focus here, and tied all the components of the roll beautifully.

But still..... PinkyPiggu said she had better. She has an "atas" tongue?

Diners who prefer to enjoy the natural flavors of the live whole lobster can choose to have it simply Grilled ($58), or Steamed ($58). Otherwise, go for the Lobster Thermidor ($68) prepared with cognac, breadcrumbs and parmesan.

A personal favorite of mine is the grilled lobster. High heat grilling ensures the full flavors and sweetness of the lobster is locked in, resulting in an intense and concentrated sweetness in the meat with a subtle hint of smokiness.

For something closer to the local palate, the Chili Lobster ($58) served with fried mantou and homemade tomato & chili sauce (which is more sweet rather than spicy) or Lobster Noodles ($58) will satisfy.

Think pimp-up zhi char-style noodles with a whole lobster decadently laid over. The piping hot egg noodles are wok-fried with ginger and scallions in superior broth which was tasty but a tad salty. Must add that house-made sambal and chili oil for a fiery kick.

Pince & Pints is certainly a welcomed addition to the highly-evolving culinary scene along East Coast Road.

The excellent lobster quality, decent sharing portions, laid-back and casual dining environment coupled with prompt service makes this place a worthy place to check out; especially for lobster lovers.

While the price-point does not make it suitable for everyday dining, it is still accessible for that occasional indulgence or whenever the craving for a good lobster meal strikes.

Pince & Pints Restaurant and Bar Katong
Address: 95 East Coast Road, Singapore 428793 (opposite Katong I12)
Contact: +65 6386 3988
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm & 5.30pm-11pm / Sat, Sun & PH 11am-11pm / Closed on Christmas, Chinese New Year Eve & first two days of Chinese New Year / Last order at 10pm

Prices are stated in Singapore dollars and subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST. Information is correct at point of published date.

* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited with additional inputs by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu

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  1. Well that was a lovely and attractive post for a food enthusiast. I have heard a lot about the place and all people said that they are the best in that area.

  2. All recipe presented in the article are looking so attractive for all foodie. I also craving for a good lobster meal strikes.