The Pelican is a restaurant located along the glamourous Singapore Marina Bay seafront facing MBS and steps away from the Merlion tourist attraction. According to the Pelican Singapore website, they serve “East Coast American cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood and wood-fired grilling“.
There are two parts to the Pelican restaurant. An outdoor shaded deck at the edge of the water, a non-airconditioned and basic space which has a better waterfront view The indoor restaurant space is air-conditioned and more beautiful. We were there for lunch and chose cool air over the blue sea.
The interior, as you can see, is quite attractive. A “smart casual” kind of look with some nautical and seafarer accents.
At lunchtime there was a 3-course set lunch menu for $38 per person. There were three options for each course. We therefore had a chance to try all the options on the menu. Here are pictures of the Pelican Singapore set lunch and regular menus.
Here are the three starters – crustacean bisque, torched tuna salad and sea bass carpaccio.
The thinly-sliced seabass carpaccio was the most beautiful dish with the chopped scallion, salmon roe & calamansi providing some acidic and fresh highlights to the taste.
The tuna salad was the best starter. It was served in a large portion with french beans, black olives and some crostini. The torched surfaces were well cooked but leaving the centre rare.
The squid ink risotto with tomato salsa, squid & fried basil leaves looked interesting but the taste was quite average.
The slow-cooked pork belly was the best main course. A firm lean meat base with a layer of fat. Wonderful taste with no excessive oiliness or any ‘porky’ taste. Very good.
The grouper tataki had a some slices of fish and fennel wedges in a fish broth. The fish slices themselves did not have much taste, but was rescued by the flavourful broth and fennel wedges. An enjoyable dish but we would order the pork belly if we were to visit Pelican Seafood again.
For desserts, all three were good but in their different way.
The frangipani tarte was a beautiful looking tart containing baked pear with almond. We could not really taste the almond but the pastry crust and pear contents were good.
The second dessert was fried choux pastry with chocolate cream. A quick google reveals that “choux pastry is the lightest, crispiest, airiest pastry, which can be used to make profiteroles, éclairs…”. It was probably deep-fried and tasted similar to a small doughnut. Any thing deep-fried and served with chocolate has to be good right? This dish was served in a large portion.
The third type of dessert was a large scoop of chocolate ice-cream. Very good by itself. Even better when eaten with the pear tart.
Overall, lunch at Pelican Singapore was an enjoyable experience. The place was simply but tastefully decorated. Eating with a view of the sea always puts us in a good mood. The service was efficient but not very warm.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
1 Fullerton Road, #01-01, One Fullerton
Tel: +65 6438 0400
Monday to Sunday, 12noon to 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Monday to Saturday, 6pm to 11pm (last order 10.30pm)
Sunday, 6pm to 10pm (last order 9.30pm)
The Pelican Deck:
Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 3pm | 5pm to 1130pm
Friday, 12pm to 1am
Saturday, 12pm to 1130pm
Sunday, 12pm to 10pm
Nearby MRT Stations – Raffles Place, Telok Ayer, Downtown