Located along the refurbished Customs House, along the Marina Bay, this European-style seafood bar is a surprising favourite hangout spot for many Japanese expatriates in Singapore. From its cool, classy atmosphere to its amazing bay front view, this is an ideal spot for after-work dinner and drinks.
Despite its western influence, the Oyster bar serves a selection of Japanese inspired food, some of which we sampled over lunch recently.
Tuna Tartare $18
First up was the Tuna Tartare – diced fresh tuna atop an airy rice puff. It was served with ponzu sauce in a pipette, allowing you to squeeze as much (or little) of the savoury-sour sauce on the fish. The fresh tuna was moist and tender while the rice puff was crunchy. Every bite had a nice contrast of texture with the simple rice puff taking on the flavours of the fish and ponzu well.
Tuna Tataki $28
Next was the Tuna Tataki. Lightly seared on the outside, juicy on the inside, the Tuna Tataki was encrusted in Sarawak pepper giving it a slightly spicy kick. It was topped with seaweed and soy and yuzu dressing which brought out the rich, meaty taste of the tuna. The mildly seared exterior also gave the fish a light smoky fragrance and flavour.
Cod Tsukune $28
The grilled Cod Tsukune served with ponzu dressing was warm, moist and flaky. The ball of hand-pressed cod meat was of a decent size and cod had a light, mild taste while the ponzu dressing was subtly tangy and refreshing.
Dynamite Tobiko & Motoyaki $38 (4 pcs)
The stars of the day were the final dishes we tasted. The Oyster Bar is as famous for their menu of fresh oysters such as La Lune, Bouzigues, Gillardeau and Tarboureich as they are for their oven-baked selection. For our tasting we had the Dynamite Tobiko and Motoyaki.
Both choices are classic oven baked Japanese oyster dishes. The Motoyaki is topped with diced mushroom and mayonnaise while the Dynamite Tobiko is coated with a thick layer of tobiko. The former had a rich, earthy flavour that complimented the sea-salt nature of the oyster while the latter had a slightly smoky, spicy taste and the “popping” texture that is a key characteristic of tobiko.
The oysters were sizeable, firm and creamy and while we did not get to try them fresh, we’re sure that the selection at the Oyster Bar will not disappoint you should you choose to try them. And since Japanese are well-known for their love of fresh, high-quality seafood, it’s no wonder that they flock to this seafood bar.
Despite its European roots, the Oyster Bar definitely has something for Japanese foodies to enjoy. Best enjoyed in the evening with the setting sun as your backdrop, the Oyster Bar is also a great spot for brunch too.
70 Collyer Quay
01-01 Customs House
Mon-Wed: 11.30am – 2pm, 6pm – 11.30pm
Thu-Fri: 11.30am – 1am
Sat: 3pm – 11.30pm
Sun: 1.30pm – 10pm
Last orders one hour before closing time.
Extended Hours on Eve of Public Holidays till 2am