Jumbo Seafood

Price guide: Mid-range

East Coast Seafood Centre, Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, Singapore, 449883

Price guide: Mid-range

Pepper crab

By Carmen Roberts, your Singapore expert

I write for BBC World TV. Read more
#18 of 19
expert-rated restaurants in Singapore
Expert overall rating:3.9 out of 5
Food and drink:
4.2
4.2
Ambience:
3.3
3.3
Service:
3.7
3.7
Location:
3.8
3.8
Value for money:
4.3
4.3
Recommended for:
Backpackers / Students, Business travellers, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, No fuss

Expert review of Jumbo Seafood

The local Singaporean seafood restaurant of choice.

A homegrown Singaporean restaurant, the Jumbo restaurant at East Coast Seafood Centre is the original in the chain. It’s most famous for its chili crab.

Food and drink: 

Live seafood doesn’t come much better than Jumbo in terms of freshness and value for money. It’s renowned for its chili crab – with thick red gravy and devilishly doughy white buns known as man-tou. But I prefer the black pepper crab because it’s much spicier and there’s less gravy to splash onto my light-coloured shirt. I also love the crispy baby squid and the deep fried red tilapia fish with a spicy Nonya sauce is another favourite.

Ambience: 

This is a loud and brightly lit no-nonsense seafood restaurant where you are expected to get your hands dirty. It was almost fully booked on a Tuesday night, so it just goes to show how popular it is, with locals as well as tourists.

Service: 

The service is brisk and efficient and dirty plates are regularly swapped for clean ones. It helps if you have a Cantonese or Mandarin speaker with you, but by no means essential.

Location: 

There are roughly eight other seafood restaurants in the same enclave right on the beachfront on the east coast. It’s not easily accessible by public transport.

Price advice: 

Our family dinner with 12 cousins cost roughly $500, so a seafood dinner for less than $50 a head is quite good value in my book. They allow you to bring bottles of wine for a small corkage fee.

Other useful branches: 

Seragoon Gardens Country Club, Riverside Point, The Riverwalk, Singapore Indoor Stadium and Dempsey Hill.

More information on Jumbo Seafood:

Price guide:
Mid-range
Type:
Restaurant
Food:
Asian, Chinese, Seafood
Address:
East Coast Seafood Centre, Blk 1206 East Coast Parkway #01-07/08, Singapore, 449883
Telephone:
+65 6442 3435
Website:
http://www.jumboseafood.com.sg
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Opening times:
Mon–Sat 5pm–11:45pm, Sun and Public Holidays 12pm–12am.
Accepts Credit Cards:
Yes
Reservations:
Always essential

Have you been to Jumbo Seafood? Would you recommended it?