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Eng Seng Restaurant

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Joo Chiat
Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
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241 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore, Singapore
Today
16:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 16:00 - 20:30
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Fresh crab in a great pepper crab sauce. Best in SG. Order the crab, the fried rice and kai lan. Have the pepper sauce with the rice also. This is not a fancy place. You need to book the crab ahead. And they close around 8:30pm. Minimum two crab order.

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Thank Flavian S
Bucharest Romania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had amazing black pepper crab. Consider booking the crab(s) a day before so you are not disappointed as they do run out of them. Mind you that booking the crab doesn't mean you wouldn't have to queue for a table to free up. Note also it's a local place, great food with efficient service are in focus, not known for... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I ordered black pepper crab and mee goreng. the mee goreng is served within 5 minutes. The mee goreng is considered the good one in Singapore but a little too sweet for me. The black pepper crab is nice but slightly too hot for me. I find their service is good. I have read many reviews stating their service is... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the past, this particular Pepper Crab restaurant was very good, with long queues forming from about 6pm and they usually sell out before 8pm So, the last time I had it was more than 10 years ago and have been thinking of going back again for the last few years but it only tool place yesterday (25 Feb 17).... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

Best crabs to share with family and overseas friends. But just let them know it is a no frills place - don't expect air-con nor posh seats. Served by family members or locals, so please don't expect too many smiles from them as they work all day and night - just expect good food. Prices are really very reasonable -... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I used to come to this place for the black pepper crabs. The prices have skyrocketed. My last trip we paid between 50 and 75 sgd per crab and that's a total ripoff

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The taxi ride from orchard road is well worth the time and effort to reach this iconic Singapore restaurant. The best black pepper crab around and icy cold tiger beer to wash it down! The don't build or make restaurant's like this anymore

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My rating and review is contexted: We had to travel across the island of Singapore to satisfy the hankering for black pepper crab of my friends which this reto is known for. Pluses: - Price: cheaper than those seafood places in Easy Coast Park. - Quality: fresh crabs (still kicking and alive just before cooking). Tastes like the usual black... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

For all the ravings about its pepper crab, I don't even find it good. Neither the flavour nor the crab texture is good I still prefer my plain salted crab where I can still taste its freshness Doesn't help that everyone in the restaurant is rude

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016 via mobile

For delicious crabs (a little pricy though) and seafood offerings, go during Dinner times or after 430pm. During Lunch, you can find chicken rice and Wantan noodles. For $4.50 you get a big plate of boneless chicken and a plate of fragrant chicken rice. Wantan Noodles price starts from $3/-. All the stall owners are very friendly and approachable. Coffeeshop... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:00 - 20:30
Monday
16:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
16:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
16:00 - 20:30
Thursday
16:00 - 20:30
Friday
16:00 - 20:30
Saturday
16:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Joo Chiat
  • Neighbourhood: Joo Chiat

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighbourhood is packed with colourful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
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