Pince & Pints @ 32-33 Duxton Road

Pinching for lobsters?

Pinching for lobsters?

Pince & Pints Restaurant & Bar is the new kid on the block of the Duxton/Tanjong Pagar area. Having only it’s official opening yesterday, it has already generated quite a bit of buzz in social media & newspapers. The place specialises in lobsters & lobsters only. (And drinks.)

Signage of the establishment.

Signage of the establishment.

Pince & Pints' entrance on opening day.

Pince & Pints’ entrance on opening day.

Pince & Pints is the brainchild of couple, Frederick Yap & Velda Tan, both who are co-founders of the well-known online fashion retailer “Love Bonito”. It all started when they decided to be the first in Singapore to make lobsters affordable & accessible to the local population, especially when prices for the crustaceans can sky rocket here.

Front of the restaurant which houses the bar & kitchen.

Front of the restaurant which houses the bar & kitchen.

The back houses more casual seats.

The back houses more casual seats.

Aesthetic
London’s popular Burger & Lobster chain serves as the inspiration towards the design of the place. Instead of bringing a franchise here however, Frederick decided to keep things home-grown by creating a Singaporean brand.

The aesthetic of the place is very clean cut & modern. The place has two sections, the front that houses the bar, and the back, that is filled with more tables & red coloured booths. The front area seems to be more for the working class or single folks who can enjoy their lobster sitting at the bar while the back is more focused on family & casual customers.

Pince & Pints has minimal decoration, perhaps to bring focus to the main attraction, which are the lobsters themselves. Hanging lamps & lights are used in the place with some spotlights shining on the tables, bringing focus to your food when it’s served. 50’s Diners music is played in the background. It’s a great atmosphere, to do away with any clutter & creating a comfortable place for eating lobsters.

One of Pince & Pints' mascots.  If I heard correctly, one has been affectionately name "Vince", and another "Sally". Perhaps they should name one Harry? Or Sebastian? Perhaps they already did. [References the movies "When Harry Met Sally" & "The Little Mermaid"]

Look closely & you would be able to spot one of Pince & Pints’ mascots.
If I heard correctly, one has been affectionately name “Vince”, and another “Sally”. Maybe they should name one Harry? Or Sebastian? Perhaps they already did.
[References the movies “When Harry Met Sally” & “The Little Mermaid”]

The menu.

The menu.

Food
As mentioned earlier, Pince & Pints focus is on lobsters. Currently they offer only 3 different dishes, with more in the works for the future. Each dish is priced at 48 bucks, with each dish making use of one whole lobster. Considering the prices you would normally face for lobsters in Singapore, it’s considered quite a steal.

The lobsters are imported directly from Boston, Maine & Canada. They are then kept live in deep sea tanks with a very low temperature to keep the lobsters fresh. The whole lobsters are kept that way until an order is made and they unfortunately meet their untimely fate.

Of course, being a bar as well, Pince & Pints also offers up an extensive list of drinks.

Service
I went to Pince & Pints on their opening day and was met with friendly staff. They were all extremely attentive & efficient. Even when I wanted to switch seats, as I found the lighting to be too dim for my photography, the staff at first explained that they were unable to do that as they were expecting a crowd on opening day & wanted to maximise the space. The staff then took the initiative to ask their higher ups and eventually they allowed us to switch seats.  Two of the staff even came up to me to ask whether the lighting was better after switching seats. Fantastic service. They definitely left a really positive impression on me.

Sarikei Sour Mocktail ($7) Pineapple Gum, Fresh Lemon, Sarawak Pineapples My companion ordered this, being attracted to the pineapples. She found it a bit too sour for her taste though. I, on the other hand, thought it tasted alright.

Sarikei Sour Mocktail ($7)
Pineapple Gum, Fresh Lemon, Sarawak Pineapples
My companion ordered this, being attracted to the pineapples. She found it a bit too sour for her taste though.
I, on the other hand, thought it tasted alright.

Bee's Knees Cocktail ($14) Gin, Fresh Lemon, Manuka Honey I had already seen this drink previously on their Facebook page but asked the staff for a recommendation nonetheless. This ended up to be one of her recommendations and I was sold. Pretty nice drink with hints of lemon & honey.  As I said before, I'm not much of an alcoholic drinker, so I can't comment much about this.

Bee’s Knees Cocktail ($14)
Gin, Fresh Lemon, Manuka Honey
I had already seen this drink previously on their Facebook page but asked the staff for a recommendation nonetheless. This ended up to be one of her recommendations and I was sold.
Pretty nice drink with hints of lemon & honey. As I said before, I’m not much of an alcoholic drinker, so I can’t comment much about this.

Live Whole Lobster ($48) Choice of Steamed or Grilled Mesclun Salad, Shoestring Fries, Herbed Butter Sauce This was pure heaven. I went with the grilled option. (Who on Earth would go for steamed?!) Delicious is an understatement for this. The lobster was as fresh as ever. You even get the claws! Which is quite rare here. The herbed butter sauce was divine & extremely sinful. (But who cares.) Fries were alright, perhaps they should also add truffle oil to their fries to bring them on par with the lobster.

Live Whole Lobster ($48)
Choice of Steamed or Grilled
Mesclun Salad, Shoestring Fries, Herbed Butter Sauce
THE thing to order at Pince. This was pure heaven. I went with the grilled option. (Who on Earth would go for steamed?!)
Delicious is an understatement for this. The lobster was as fresh as ever. You even get the claws! Which is quite rare here. The herbed butter sauce was divine & extremely sinful. (But who cares.)
Fries were alright, perhaps they should also add truffle oil to their fries to bring them on par with the lobster.

The Lobster Roll ($48) Comes with Mesclun Salad, Shoestring Fries, Garlic Aioli This was another piece of heaven. Normally, I kinda thought the whole lobster was more worth the price, but at Pince & Pints, a whole lobster is used for their rolls, so you still get your money's worth. The buttered rolls are baked from a traditional bakery in Chinatown and they are SO GOOD. The roll itself is delicious, and you get lobster meat bursting out with each bite.  My companion found the garlic aioli to be a tad salty, but I found it pretty nice & a fantastic complement to the roll. Can I have this everyday? Pretty please?  (Computer Wallet says no.)

The Lobster Roll ($48)
Comes with Mesclun Salad, Shoestring Fries, Garlic Aioli
This was another piece of heaven. Normally, I kinda thought the whole lobster was more worth the price, but at Pince & Pints, a whole lobster is used for their rolls, so you still get your money’s worth.
The buttered rolls are baked from a traditional bakery in Chinatown and they are SO GOOD. The roll itself is extremely delicious, and you get awesome lobster meat bursting out with each bite.
My companion found the garlic aioli to be a tad salty, but I found it pretty nice & a fantastic complement to the roll.
Can I have this everyday? Pretty please? (Computer Wallet says no.)

Chilli Lobster ($48) With Fried Mantou, Homemade Fresh Tomato & Chilli Sauce Of course, the main aspect of Singaporean cuisine is the Chilli Crab, with Pince & Pints creating their own version of the dish, but with lobsters.  The sauce is a blend of tomato & chilli, which keeps the taste of the original chilli crab taste, while bringing down the spicyness but raising the sweetness. Not being a fan of overly spicy foods, I found this difference to be fantastic. Of course, you can request for the dish to be more spicy if you'll like. Another great dish from Pince, but I'll stick to the roll or the grilled variation any day. (Personal preference)

Chilli Lobster ($48)
With Fried Mantou, Homemade Fresh Tomato & Chilli Sauce
Of course, the main aspect of Singaporean cuisine is the Chilli Crab, and Pince & Pints has created their own version of the dish, but with lobsters.
The sauce is a blend of tomato & chilli, which keeps the taste of the original chilli crab dish, while bringing down the spicyness level but also raising the sweetness. Not being a fan of overly spicy foods, I found this difference to be fantastic. Of course, you can request for the dish to be more spicy if you’ll like.
Another great dish from Pince, but I’ll stick to the roll or the grilled variation any day. (Personal preference)

Entire shot of all the lobster goodness.  "Moment on the lips, forever on the hips."

Entire shot of all the lobster goodness.
“Moment on the lips, forever on the hips.”

Pince & Pints' coasters with pretty neat facts about the crustaceans.

Pince & Pints’ coasters with pretty neat facts about the crustaceans.

Worth A Visit/Revisit?
If you are a fan of lobsters, as I am, I highly recommend a visit to Pince & Pints. Their lobster dishes are fantastic & really delicious. Prices for the crustaceans here are also considered one of the more affordable ones as well. Of course, it’s still a pretty high number for many, so perhaps it’s best to visit Pince on a special occasion. I would love to go back to Pince sometime in the future to satisfy my lobster craving again.

RATING

Food
8.5/10
Aesthetic
7.5/10
Price
7.5/10
Service
8.5/10

PINCE & PINTS

32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089497
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6225 7558
Opening Hours:
Mon – Sat: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
http://www.pinceandpints.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pinceandpints

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6 thoughts on “Pince & Pints @ 32-33 Duxton Road

  1. If you are prepared for a pricey fast-food style experience than you may enjoy this. While the lobsters are fine for S$48++ and wine is a bit stale, we felt like being on a conveyor belt. If you are a party of two, you may have a long wait as “queue jumping” is practiced for groups with 3 or more. Profit maximisation? Not recommended if you looking for a leisurely sit-and-chat kind of evening. The service should be equal or higher than the food for any dining experience. This was not the case as certain customers appeared to have preferential treatment over others.

    1. I’m sorry to hear that you didn’t have a positive experience there. I visited during their opening day, hence perhaps it was a bit different. Unfortunately, “queue jumping” is a common occurrence for every restaurant or establishment that I’ve been to, though of course I would hope that certain pricier establishments could reinforce service equalization.

      In any case, you could get in touch with Pince directly to bring it to their attention & allow them to improve in the future.

  2. yums!! food looks great!! anyway, I can recommend you to a bespoke cocktail bar that does local cocktails with a twist. That is Mars Bar just opposite Pints & Pince @ Duxton Hotel! The cocktails there are fantastic worth the value!:) 1 for 1 cocktail even on weekdays LOL:D

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