Long Beach Seafood restaurant can traced its history back to 1946 when it operated at Bedok Rest House along Upper East Coast Road. It is also reputed to be the creator of the black pepper crab dish. Long Beach Seafood has become of chain of restaurants and has opened (and closed) a number of outlets at various locations over the years. Currently, it has outlets at UDMC East Coast Seafood Centre, Dempsey Hill, IMM and Kallang Park. The one in Kallang is known as Long Beach King.
There are many good seafood restaurants in Singapore but not many are as accessible from the carpark as Long Beach King at Kallang Park. Cars can literally be parked right next to the restaurant. Long Beach seafood restaurant at Stadium Boulevard is in a single storey structure and surface carpark lots are all around the restaurant – so no steps, escalators or lifts between the car and the dining table in the restaurant. That makes the restaurant especially suitable for family outings when there may be seniors with mobility issues or baby prams involved.
The Long Beach King has a fairly large air-conditioned dining hall as well as an al fresco dining area. The interior decor is not likely to win any design award but the place is neat and pleasant with colour coordinated furnishing and tablecloths. The fish tanks, which seem to be mandatory in Singapore seafood restaurants, are lined up prominently in the dining hall.
The Menu of Long Beach King
Long Beach King offers all the Singapore seafood staples – fish, crabs, lobsters, prawns, clams and other seafood prepared in a variety of styles. The menu also have lots of non-seafood items including lamb ribs, roast chicken, claypot porridge, tofu and vegetable dishes. Besides their a la carte menu they have sets such as Live Crab Special Set Menu starting from $118++ (2 pax) and Super Value Signature Set Menu from $98++ (2 pax).
Dinner at Long Beach Seafood Restaurant
We went to Long Beach King for a simple family dinner. The first dish for the dinner was the deep fried fried baby sotong ($24 for a medium portion). The tasty fried baby squids were very well received by all. The squids were sweet and crispy and very enjoyable.
We had 2 vegetable dishes – string-beans with XO sauce ($14 for small) and spinach with trio of eggs ($20 for medium). The string means had a nice crunch but was rather bland. The spinach was well poached and the rich broth was flavourful.
The highlight of the meal was of course the crabs. Younger members of the family preferred butter crabs to the more traditional chilli crabs and pepper crabs. Long Beach offers two versions of butter crab – the dry version and the creamy version. We opted for the creamy butter crab ($78). A rather large crab with huge claws was nicely presented with an extra bowl of creamy sauce. The crab was fresh and quite meaty. The rich savoury sauce combined well with the sweet, juicy crab meat.
We also had the Golden Brick Beancurd ($20 for medium portion). The smooth house made tofu was fried and slathered with a thick meat sauce. It was a good delectable dish.
Long Beach desserts
We rounded up dinner with desserts – warm yam paste with gingko ($5 each) and cold sea coconut with longan ($4.50 each). The presentation of the cold desserts was really fancy with a dry ice on luminous green liquid effect. Phones were quickly whipped out and images were posted online – and it was a while before we could start on the desserts. Both the warm dessert and cold dessert were good and there were many smiley faces around the table.
Long Beach King is an accessible seafood restaurant with an extensive menu. The service was friendly and of the expected standard and the prices were reasonable. It is a good place to head to for seafood with the family – there is something for everyone, from the very young to the not so long, from the traditionalists to the hip and trendy.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Long Beach King Seafood
220 Stadium Boulevard
Next to Kallang Park KFC/McDonald’s
Opposite Mountbatten MRT Station (via Exit B)
Tel: +65 6344 7722
Nearby MRT Station : Mountbatten
Lunch: 11am – 3pm
Dinner: 5pm – 11pm; Fri, Sat & Eve of PH: till 12am