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“Tasty crabs, popular place” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eng Seng Restaurant

Eng Seng Restaurant
Ranked #1,704 of 10,422 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Chinese, Seafood, Asian, Singaporean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Joo Chiat
Peristeri
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90 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Tasty crabs, popular place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2012

They open at 16:30. We got there at around 17:00 on a Saturday and the place was already almost full - only two tables available. About fifteen minutes later a queue started forming, as all the tables were full.

We got four crabs for a company of five , which was more that enough. With five big bottles of Tiger, fried rice and kai-lan for all we paid a total of 200 SGD (130 euros/160 USD) which is a great price for such a treat. The black pepper crabs are fresh, tasty, tender, full of flavour and were prepared fast and brought to the table a few minutes after the kai-lan and the rice. Two of our friends that have eaten black pepper crabs in other Singaporean outlets, said that those of Eng Seng are the best they ever had. For me it was a delightful first - and certainly not last- visit to this deservedly famous establishment.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
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English first
Singapore
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85 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“It's not fine dining ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 28, 2012 via mobile

Read the previous reviews & it would largely accord with my previous visits. Fantastic black pepper crabs & some other dishes but rough & ready service. It's hugely popular so go as early as you can although it seems weird to have dinner before 6 but really that's the best time to go to (5.30 is even better) to ensure a table & best crabs & service (such as it is) at its freshest start. Lady who takes orders is no nonsense type - I've read she's been called the 'crab nazi'. Would recommend the Mee goreng, the Chilli crab (If u.like the sambal type) but save your stomach space for the best black pepper crabs in Singapore. The bill I've always felt to be very good for value. Come here for the great food & if you're looking for service & atmosphere - go elsewhere. I've never been after 7 so maybe the comments on the really bad service at closing time possibly is true so take my advice go at 5.30.

    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Shue-me
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Bangkok
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114 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Great peppered crab, poor setting and service!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2012

After spending half and hour and $20 for a taxi ride, plus walking around for 20 mins since we couldn't find the place, I utterly hoped that the crab was worth all the trouble.

And it is.

We were lucky that when we got there (6pm on Saturday), there wasn't much waiting time. We were seated quickly.

For a party of two, we ordered 2 black peppered crabs (min. order of 2 crabs), plus a stir fried baby cailan vegetable, and a small fried rice.

The fried rice was good ($4). The vegetable was alright ($8). But the crabs were soooooooo delicious!!! I kept licking my fingers. I bet I looked ridiculous while eating that crab!

Anyway, total came to $71. That was half of what we paid for a meal at No Signboard the other day!

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank fon_tisayakorn
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Singapore, Singapore
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33 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great crab - very cheap!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2011

Dont get confused by the name if you dont know the style of eating out in singapore. Its more of a foodcourt type of a place with all it comes - plastic chairs and tables, very local staff and far off from
Thr centre
BUT
You get fantastic crabs for fantastic price!
You experence local atmosphere
Plan it along with your trip to east coast as its near
Come early to avoid queues
Bring extra tissues as they only have wet wipes and charge for it
You can get cheap beer there as its not a restaurant per se
Very chilled place for friends/couples - far from romance so dont recommend for dates

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank miraga
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Only go for the food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2011

Went here for some pepper crabs with some friends. The crabs were the best I have ever eaten in Singapore, without a doubt. Service is a little rough, but with the quality of food, it is a worthwhile place to visit.

    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Randombtl
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