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Eng Seng Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Joo Chiat
Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
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241 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore, Singapore
16:00 - 20:30
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have made phone booking for 3 medium black pepper crabs and some other dishes, mee goreng, fried rice, baby kailan and pork ribs for take away. The highlight is the black pepper crabs which they are famous for. It's peppery and mild spicy, yet it's sweet. We simply love it. The rest of dishes are pretty ok. In the... More 

Thank Termicsha
Sydney, Australia
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144 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 4 and demolished a plate of prawns, 2 fried rice, a plate of delicious greens plus 4 crabs (2 chilli and 2 black pepper) all for less than S50 bucks a head. Worth the cab trip to get hear.

Thank sorbomanabroad
1 review
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Fresh crab in a great pepper crab sauce. Best in SG. Order the crab, the fried rice and kai lan. Have the pepper sauce with the rice also. This is not a fancy place. You need to book the crab ahead. And they close around 8:30pm. Minimum two crab order.

Thank Flavian S
Bucharest Romania
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81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2017 via mobile

Had amazing black pepper crab. Consider booking the crab(s) a day before so you are not disappointed as they do run out of them. Mind you that booking the crab doesn't mean you wouldn't have to queue for a table to free up. Note also it's a local place, great food with efficient service are in focus, not known for... More 

Thank Ghidusha
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2017

I ordered black pepper crab and mee goreng. the mee goreng is served within 5 minutes. The mee goreng is considered the good one in Singapore but a little too sweet for me. The black pepper crab is nice but slightly too hot for me. I find their service is good. I have read many reviews stating their service is... More 

Thank Cherv75
Singapore, Singapore
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

In the past, this particular Pepper Crab restaurant was very good, with long queues forming from about 6pm and they usually sell out before 8pm So, the last time I had it was more than 10 years ago and have been thinking of going back again for the last few years but it only tool place yesterday (25 Feb 17).... More 

Thank Kg T
Brisbane, Australia
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Best crabs to share with family and overseas friends. But just let them know it is a no frills place - don't expect air-con nor posh seats. Served by family members or locals, so please don't expect too many smiles from them as they work all day and night - just expect good food. Prices are really very reasonable -... More 

Thank LauraLam2003
Singapore, Singapore
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525 reviews
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Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I used to come to this place for the black pepper crabs. The prices have skyrocketed. My last trip we paid between 50 and 75 sgd per crab and that's a total ripoff

1 Thank JohnFoster68
Oslo, Norway
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

The taxi ride from orchard road is well worth the time and effort to reach this iconic Singapore restaurant. The best black pepper crab around and icy cold tiger beer to wash it down! The don't build or make restaurant's like this anymore

Thank brett h
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58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

My rating and review is contexted: We had to travel across the island of Singapore to satisfy the hankering for black pepper crab of my friends which this reto is known for. Pluses: - Price: cheaper than those seafood places in Easy Coast Park. - Quality: fresh crabs (still kicking and alive just before cooking). Tastes like the usual black... More 

1 Thank Cesar O

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Restaurant Details

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Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
16:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 241 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore, Singapore
  • Location: Asia  >  Singapore  >  Singapore>  > Joo Chiat
  • Neighbourhood: Joo Chiat

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Joo Chiat
The Joo Chiat area is the traditional home of Peranakan culture in Singapore, an ethnic group descending from the blending of Chinese and Malay families in the 15th century. The neighbourhood is packed with colourful shops, local characters, and quiet charm. The main streets overflow with diners enjoying katong laksa, the signature Peranakan spicy noodle soup. Signs of youthful entrepreneurship are visible as well, with modern cafes, bars, and shops abounding. Visit Joo Chiat to take a break from the big city sights and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with a laid-back and local vibe.
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