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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Seragoon Gardens Country Club, Riverside Point, The Riverwalk, Singapore Indoor Stadium and Dempsey Hill.
- Backpackers / Students
- Business travellers
- Families with teenagers
- Families with younger children
- No fuss