Long Beach Singapore – swoon worthy chilli crab

Long Beach Seafood Restaurant is a mecca for one of Singapore’s signature dishes – the chilli crab amongst other seafood delights it offers. It’s highly revered as one of the ‘must visit’ places for seafood and I came here in June 2015 to try the legendary chilli crab and black pepper crab dishes.

Get your bibs ready!

The meal started with razor clams ($14 each) that were steamed with mountains of garlic then seasoned with soy and fried garlic. Very garlic forward would be an understatement but we didn’t care as it enhanced the candy sweet clams that were so mouth-wateringly good. 

Chilli Sri Lanka crab $72 was sublime stuff too, the hacked up crab parts were swimming in sauce of its own roe, tomato, egg and of course chilli. Lip-smackingly good and bib-worthy as it’s messy, ungraceful eating in every good sense. Yum. 

The pepper Sri Lanka crab $72 is the same huge beast but cooked in a different sauce or lack of should I say. It’s their own creation from the 60’s of crushed black pepper and butter which coats the giant Sri Lankan mud crab. It’s fist sized claws are particularly delectable. You should have seen the sized of it but to was no contest against me. 

Aubergine country style $10 was cooked with an anti social amount of garlic in what I could make out an oyster sauce was a welcome balance to our protein heavy dishes so far. 

Baby kailan with garlic $10 were tender little things that I could eat daily without boredom – why can be have these in London?! 

Mantou both fried and steamed pillows of pure refined carb heaven to mop up all the juices. My only complaint was that they were teeny and didn’t stand a chance against all the sauce. Bigger vehicles are needed! 

Your swimsuit wearing siren clutching a huge plate of crabs can only mean a wet wipe for your crab induced mess. Why should it make any sense.

The verdict:

When did I go? June 2015
The damage: Expect to pay $70-$75 (£40- £45) per head no booze
The good: The vibe here is more family style with huge circular tables that can cater for big groups. It’s quite chilled out and you can dine outside too. I would suggest going in a small group so you can try as many dishes as possible as going for the pepper and chilli crab would be a must. The unique earthy sweet flavour of the Sri Lankan mud crab is pretty special. Oh and those drool-worthy baby kailan are a must order too!
The bad: Get us some bigger mantou please!
Rating: 4/5
Would I go again? Yes
Address: 25 Dempsey Road Left turn to Dempsey via Holland Rd (before Peirce Rd) Singapore 249670
Phone: +65 6323 2222



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