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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
PINCE & PINTS
32-33 Duxton Road, Singapore 089497
(Nearest train station: Tanjong Pagar)
Contact: 6225 7558
Mon – Sat: 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm