Platypus Lobster Shack is a casual restaurant that is situated along Nankin Row. Their focus is on lobster rolls with a menu that features around 9 different lobster roll flavours. The lobster shack is one of the many outlets under the Platypus brand, with other restaurants in Bugis Junction & Raffles Place.
Platypus’ opens as a gourmet food bar during the day, (aka. Platypus Gourmet2Go) serving up gourmet lunch boxes for the working crowd. They only operate their lobster shack in the night, for dinner service.
The place is actually quite small, with more alfresco seating outside. The place is nicely decorated with homely furniture with bright warm lighting. They make do with what limited space they have, which is nice. Part of their kitchen is in the seating area of the restaurant itself, allowing you to see how the lobster rolls are made as well as the many rolls which the chefs churned out for the dinner crowd.
I initially made a reservation for the sake of making one. I actually felt that there probably wasn’t a need to do so. Boy, was I glad I did though. During my visit, the staff had to constantly turn away streams of walk-in customers as the place was fully booked. So if you are looking to try their delicious rolls, best to make a reservation beforehand! They are getting extremely popular.
As stated earlier, Platypus Lobster Shack specializes in delicious lobster rolls. The two main ingredients of the restaurant are Boston Lobsters & Sea Urchins. The place only recently launched their lobster menu, after perfecting their recipe for the rolls. Along with an extensive list of lobster rolls, they also offer some small plates/starters, including the highly addictive & highly popular “Crustacean Bowl”. It is so good that it is limited to around 10-12 bowls per day!
Prices for their lobster rolls are actually one of the most affordable I’ve come across so far. Their rolls are only around the 20 dollar mark! Hence, if you had previously read my review on another lobster place, Pince & Pints, and felt sad because you couldn’t afford their prices, do not fret anymore!
I got really fantastic service from Platypus. The staff were really friendly, even when there was some confusion when I enquired about their latest creation that I saw on Facebook, the “Sea Urchin Tagliatelle”, which was supposedly launched on the day of my visit. However, it was actually on the new menu, which was to be launched the following week. The staff went to ask the chef about it and eventually they managed to make the dish for me – FOC! They even offered a free dessert at the end of the meal! I was definitely extremely impressed, lost for words even.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
Craving for lobsters but don’t want to break the bank? Platypus Lobster Shack is the place for you. With really delicious small plates & highly affordable yet fantastic lobster rolls and great service, I highly recommend a visit to Platypus. Of course, do remember to make a reservation beforehand as they’re getting extremely popular! [They even recently added Saturday to their opening days to curb demand.] I’m definitely going back soon for more rolls & the coveted “Crustacean Bowl”!
PLATYPUS LOBSTER SHACK
3 Pickering Street #01-31 Nankin Row, Singapore 048660
(Nearest train station: Telok Ayer or Raffles Place)
Contact: 6438 7961
Mon – Fri: 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Sat: 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm