We as Singaporeans all love our national trademarked dish -- chilli crab. Although a more pricey indulgence for our cravings, chilli crab is a comfort seafood dish that almost every Singaporean will salivate for. But with so many chilli Crab restaurants in Singapore, where are the best chilli crab places according to locals? Let’s find out together below.
Unsurprisingly, Jumbo Seafood is a household name that most Singaporeans are familiar with. It’s not uncommon for the name “Jumbo” to appear in our minds when someone mentions “chilli crab”. With more than 20 years of fine-tuning their dishes, you can be sure that their chilli crab is one of the best you can get anywhere.
Their chilli sauce is what makes the dish shine. The classic thick, sweet and slightly spicy chilli sauce is extremely savoury & flavourful. But Jumbo Seafood is not just a master of one -- many of their other dishes are also highly recommended by locals, such as:
Black pepper crab, Cereal Prawn, Steamed bamboo clam, herbal drunken live prawns, chilled shredded roast duck salad
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about No Signboard Seafood:
No Signboard Seafood (Geylang outlet)
A true rag to riches story, No Signboard was a small restaurant that only sold about 3 crabs a day in their early days. But the sheer deliciousness of their chilli crab -- and especially white pepper crabs, have made them one of the best go-to places for chilli crab & white pepper crab in Singapore through word of mouth.
But what makes their chilli crab so special? They’re one of the few crab places where you can customize the spiciness level to suit your palate. With 4 outlets spread across the country, their chilli crab is still the star of the show & their renowned speciality.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about No Signboard Seafood:
Address: 414 Geylang Rd, Singapore 389392
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday, 11am - 1:30am
Although known for their superb & succinct chilli crabs, Holycrab prides itself on their innovative crab flavours with names like Succumb (cooked with fine vermicelli), Devil’s Crab (butter sauce), Orgasmic (salted egg yolk), Balsamic (chilli).
If you’re into a spice lover, this is one of the few crab places that don’t hold back on the spiciness level. The spicy, sweet sauce pairs extremely well with the succulent sweet flesh to give you happiness in a bite. Not to mention, their crabs are free from antibiotics and sourced locally.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Holy Crab:
With their speciality in chilli crab, they’re one of the go-to places to solve your crab cravings in Singapore. With a customizable level of spiciness, their crabs are served in perfectly thick, sweet & spicy sauce. Locals are a fan of their sweet-savoury and well-balanced chilli sauce, so you can be sure this is a solid choice for a crab fix.
But chilli crab is not the only good crab dish there. There are many standard and unique flavours like Butter, Salted Egg Yolk, Black Pepper, Laksa Crab, Shimmering Sands Crab, etc.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Mellben Seafood:
Address: 232 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, St 22, #01-1222, 560232
Opening Hours: Monday - Sunday, 5pm - 10:30pm
Long Beach Seafood
With 5 outlets spread across Singapore, Long Beach Seafood is a convenient seafood paradise that won’t require travelling across the island for. Long Beach Seafood is one of the few places that really tune up the spiciness in their chilli sauce, which is said to be the perfect mix of sweetness, saltiness and spiciness.
But besides chilli crab, their signature -- black pepper crab, is definitely a must-try as well. Their black pepper crab is what truly sets them apart from other crab places with their flavoursome black pepper sauce paired with fresh, sweet flesh.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Long Beach Seafood:
Palm Beach Seafood
Being located at Fullerton hotel, enjoy breathtaking views of Singapore’s skyline and river while feasting on scrumptious seafood -- especially crab. Locals feel that their chilli crab uniquely has a more saucy taste compared to the traditional chilli which is packed with spice.
Take a lovely evening stroll after dinner at the nearby Merlion to enjoy stunning night views.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Palm Beach Seafood:
Chinatown Seafood Restaurant
Chinatown Seafood restaurant is an excellent choice for mid-range price seafood that has been praised by review sites. Their chilli crabs are known for their succulent, sweet flesh that complements the mildly spicy chilli sauce.
Both locals & tourists have reported that the service was exceptional and the staff was extremely patient with explaining the dishes to them.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Chinatown Seafood Restaurant:
Address: 51 Pagoda St, Singapore 059212
Opening Hours: Monday- Sunday, 12 -10:30pm
Kelly Jie Seafood
If you’re a fan of the well-known Mellben Seafood, Kelly Jie is its prodigy and you can expect a similarly pleasant experience. The thick, tender, and juicy meat are paired with a well balanced flavourful chilli sauce that has a generous portion of eggs.
But if we highly recommend you try their speciality as well -- Butter Cream Crab. The delicious meat goes extremely well with the slight buttery and creamy aroma from the sauce and makes the crab even sweeter.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Kelly Jie Seafood:
Unlike regular crab places, Momma Kong’s has a modern decor with a bar counter for you to wash down the crab with a glass of alcohol. Their chilli crabs are immersed in vibrant, sweet & mildly spicy sauce that pairs very well with the perfectly cooked meat. However, some people might not be a fan of their sauce as it's slightly less thick & gooey compared to other crab places.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Momma Kong’s:
Keng Eng Kee Seafood
As one of the more popular zi char places in Singapore, Keng Eng Kee seafood is one of the few places that can fill your tummy not just with mouth-watering crabs, but also other savoury zi char dishes like marmite chicken and pork ribs.
The highly-praised dishes include the black pepper, and of course chilli crabs that are one of the “highly recommended to try” dishes by frequent patrons. When this zi char somehow is able to stand out from the hundreds of zi char across Singapore, you know it’s going to be seriously good!
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Keng Eng Kee Seafood:
Roland is known to be the founder of the famous chilli crab that has been bringing us so much joy for the past few decades. Being listed on the Michelin Guide Singapore with a “Michelin Plate”, our national Olympic champion Joseph Schooling is rumoured to fancy their crabs as well.
So how does the “original” chilli crab taste? Their chilli sauce embellishes a thick gooey texture and mildly spicy kick with a tinge of sweetness.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Roland:
Red House Seafood at Prinsep
Being located at Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, Red House Seafood has an elegant aesthetic interior. But once you’re there, it would be a wasted trip without tasting their signature chilli crab. What’s special is that you’re able to choose from 3 types of crabs: Sri Lankan Mud Crab, Alaskan King crab, or Scottish Brown Crab.
What’s even better, Red House is very generous with their sauce -- you’ll have more than enough to soak your mantous in and still have leftover.
Here are what some Google Reviewers had to say about Red House Seafood: