Fresh ocean-trawled oysters served raw on ice and classically accompanied with some lemony spice or vinaigrette almost seems like a gift from the heavens. Truly, nothing quite compares to the first divine slurp the moment you detach the icy oyster from its shell. Like the myriad other blessings of globalization we must be thankful for, Singapore boasts restaurants offering arguably the best oysters internationally available.
In random order, have a look at these oyster-offering restaurants and their amazing happy hour promotions (if any):
1. Oyster Bar and Grill Wharf
At $7 – $12 per oyster in Oyster Bar and Grill Wharf, pick from up to 6 varieties of oysters imported freshly from France, Australia, and New Zealand. The grilled option that includes 4 kinds of toppings (Garlic Butter is one such topping) also gets a little fame at Oyster Bar & Grill Wharf, which now has outlets at Robertson Quay, Sentosa Cove, and the newest, CHIJMES.
Oyster Bar and Grill Wharf: 60 Robertson Quay #01-01, Singapore 238252 | Website
Operating hours: Daily: 5pm – 2am
Address 2: 31 Ocean Way, #01-02 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375
Operating hours: Mon – Fri: 5pm – 11pm | Sat, Sun: 12pm – 5pm
Address 3: 30 Victoria Street, #01-19 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Operating hours: Daily: 5pm – 3am
Indulge in European bistro classics, cocktails, and not least oysters at urbane The Black Swan, which features a haute Jazz Age makeover replete with attentive service and choice. 4 types of oysters from USA and France (Gillardeau oysters for example) are offered at around $6 a piece, and each order presents you with some champagne mignonette as sauce.
Happy hour, when one can get $2 oyster orders along $9 house pours/wines, is at 5pm–8pm from Mondays to Fridays.
The Black Swan: 19 Cecil St, Singapore 049704 | Website
Operating hours: Mon – Thurs: 5pm – 1am | Fri, Sat: 5pm – 2am (Closed on Sundays)
3. Greenwood Fish Market
Tuesday is the day you want to visit Greenwood, a market-cum-bistro occupying two lots on Greenwood Avenue.
On Oyster Tuesdays, get $1.95 house oysters or 35% off unlimited fresh oysters on a seasonal rotation from USA, Canada, New Zealand, Holland, and France. On other days, you can expect to be paying from $3.95 – $8.95 a piece.
Greenwood’s collection of the freshest crabs, fish, shrimp, lobster etc. will also enrapture seafood lovers.
Greenwood Fish Market: 34 & 38 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289236 | Website
Operating hours: Daily: 12pm – 10pm
4. Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse
Authentic American cuisine such as Crab Cakes and Ribeye is Luke’s Oyster Bar & Chophouse’s lifeline. Its oysters (about $7.50 per piece) are mainly sourced from New England, and occasionally Australia and New Zealand. A detailed description of each seasonally available oyster, for instance the crisp and delicate Marion Point oyster from Massachusetts or Kumamoto Oyster, is even proffered on the menu.
Happy hour is at 4–7pm everyday, when all oysters are half the price.
Luke’s Oyster Bar: 20 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069256 | Website
Operating hours: Mon – Weds: 12pm – 1030pm | Thurs – Sat: 12pm – 12am (Closed on Sun)
5. Seafood Paradise
Seafood Paradise, the zi char stall that has risen unimaginably in fame via a dedication to quality, brings to you a different seafood promotion every weeknight. On Wednesday nights, oysters that usually go for $4 become a mere $1.20 per piece. Other nights hold items like clams and crabs.
Seafood Paradise: 91 Defu Lane 10, #01-01 Swee Hin Building, Singapore 539221 | Website
Operating hours: Daily: 1130am – 230pm | 530pm – 11pm
Address 2: 30 Raffles Avenue, #01-01 Singapore Flyer, Singapore 039803
Mondays to Fridays operating hours: Daily: 1130am – 3pm | 6pm – 11pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays: 1130am – 3pm | 5pm – 11pm
Address 3: 60 Airport Boulevard, #036-059 Level 3 Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, Singapore 819643
Operating hours: Daily: 1030am – 1030pm
Recently voted the best new rooftop bar by I-S Magazine, Southbridge the European restaurant uses the idyllic Boat Quay appeal to its fullest. While enjoying an alfresco Sex On The Quay cocktail, dig into some fresh oysters at $24 for half a dozen ($20 during happy hour from 5pm-8pm daily) available in 3 dressings—the Umami one with ponzu and uzu is lovely.
Southbridge: 80 Boat Quay, Level 5, Singapore 049868 | Website
Operating hours: 5pm – 12am
7. Tanuki Raw
Tanuki Raw’s popular Happy Hour (5pm-8pm) sees its oysters from France, Canada, and Japan go for just $2 each, though that discounted price is limited to 6 oysters per drink order. Outside Happy Hour, oysters are at $5.80 per piece, and Salmon Sashimi the other crowd favourite at $7 a serving. We’ve heard other guests have mixed reviews though, but our experience was pretty good.
Tanuki Raw: 181 Orchard Road #02-03, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 | Website
Operating hours: 1130am – 1030pm
There are four types of oysters at Humpback. No matter what kind, you are guaranteed that they are fresh and tasty to the bone.
The Shigoku and Far Bastards, hailing from Washington, USA, is firm and fleshy, with a clean taste of cucumber. The Kumamoto, from Washington too, is more petite in size and deep cupped, prized for its sweet fruity flavour. Lastly, the Totten Inlet, grown in algae-rich waters are rich and have notes of cantaloupe. Have a bit of everything to keep your oyster experience balanced.
Humpback: 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834 | Tel:9772 9896 | Hours: Mon-Sat, 5:00pm-Midnight | Website
Editor’s End Notes
While I cannot in sound conscience advocate an incessant and voracious consumption of oysters, I trust that the shark finning fiasco has taught the world enough. Eat ethically, dear friends.
Seafood—especially oysters—is very sensitive to freshness; if it isn’t fresh, you’re probably going to get a stomachache, or worse. For a test of freshness, try gently pushing the black vein on the freshly shucked oyster’s rim inwards towards the body. If it bounces back to its original shape, the oyster is still alive and definitely fresh to consume.
This was an especially hard find to compile and we want to know more oyster spots in Singapore. Do note that we didn’t include buffets as there’re just too many out there. Let us know your oyster hotspots!