Looking for a seafood restaurant in the heart of Singapore’s Orchard Road? The place to go to is Tung Lok Seafood at Orchard Central. We were there one Sunday afternoon for lunch and the restaurant was packed.
To avoid a long wait, we decided to order the set menu. There were three set menus starting from S$38++, S$48++ and S$88++ a person. Tea is charged at S$1.50 and pickles at S$0.50 a person.
We opted for the Tasty Menu 2 at S$48++ a person. As this is a seafood restaurant, one can expect at least two to three courses to feature seafood.
The first course was the salmon sashimi with cucumber maki. Each plate came with three pieces of salmon and two pieces of cucumber maki. The salmon was fresh and the crunchy cucumber maki had a refreshing taste. We wished we could have more pieces.
The special double-boiled soup was pork boiled with some herbs. Cantonese restaurants are famous for their double-boiled soups. It is no exception here. The soup must have been brewed for at least a few hours to extract the fragrance from the pork and the herbs.
For the third course, we had a choice of either the pan-fried chicken chop with black pepper sauce or the oven-baked pork ribs with Chef’s special sauce. Among us, we ordered one of each to try.
The chicken chop with black pepper sauce was succulent and the meat was soft. The black pepper sauce enhanced the taste.
While the meat of the oven-baked pork ribs was a little dry, it was just right when dipped with the Chef’s special sauce. The downside was that there was not too much meat in the pork ribs!
Braised lobster in superior stock with noodles was the last dish before the dessert. This was the finale and the dish left us with a good impression. The braised lobster was not overcooked and the meat was firm but not chewy. The noodles were immersed in the superior stock and they could be eaten on their own.
There was no choice for dessert. The dessert served was chilled black glutinous rice with ice cream. This is a common dessert served in most seafood restaurants. The black glutinous rice was well cooked till it was gluey. It was not too sweet and went well with the vanilla ice cream.
We wanted to try the baked flaky BBQ pork pie with pork floss but were told that this dish was already sold out.
It was a good decision on our part to have opted for the set menu. The food came fast and service was efficient compared with those who ordered the a la carte buffet lunch.
The restaurant has private dining rooms as well, with a bright ambience as it made use of wide glass windows to allow natural light to flow in. The place is casual and since it was packed on that Sunday, the restaurant was a little noisy.
Address: Orchard Central #11-05
181 Orchard Road
Monday ‒ Saturday
Lunch: 11:30 am ‒ 3:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm ‒ 10:30 pm
Sunday and Public Holidays
Lunch: 10:00 am ‒ 3:00 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm ‒ 10:30 pm
Lunch: 2:30 pm
Dinner: 10:00 pm
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