Stylish waterfront restaurant serving modern coastal cuisine- complimented by refreshing bespoke cocktails.
April 22nd, 2013
Taking the seafood dining experience up a notch or two in Singapore, the recently opened (late 2012) The Pelican Seafood Bar & Grill occupies a prime space within the One Fullerton complex on the waterfront of Singapore’s Marina Bay. Combining a large outdoor dining terrace with a more intimately scaled indoor dining room and bar that exude an understated contemporary chic, The Pelican entices with a modern seafood cuisine that is grounded on the classic East Coast American grill technique- simple, uncomplicated cooking and presentation that enhances the flavour of premium quality fresh seafood. Also an attractive destination for refreshing drinks and lounging, the boldly handsome bar at The Pelican serves up a masterfully curated list of bespoke cocktails that harmonise perfectly with the seafood dishes, or are equally agreeable as refreshing beverages for after-work drinks or post-dinner libations.
The Pelican was developed by the dynamic local hospitality group- The Big Idea– whose other successful restaurant concepts include Kinki at the nearby Customs House, and also Fat Cow, Bedrock Bar & Grill, and Marmalade Pantry. The culinary team behind The Pelican is helmed by Group Executive Chef Dan Segall- an American chef hailing from Boston with wide international experience- and restaurant Head Chef Isaac Tan who previously had launched the Bedrock Bar & Grill. The drinks program has been crafted by Richard Gilliam, who recently joined as Group Beverage Manager, and is highly respected within the local bar industry having won the title of Diageo World Class Bartender for Singapore & Malaysia in 2010.
The Pelican serves lunch on weekdays only- from 12 pm- with last order at 2:30 pm, ( including a Weekday Set Lunch Menu at $35++ for three courses) and dinner Monday to Saturday, from 5 pm with last order at 10:30 pm. The indoor dining space has comfortably spaced seating for 70 guests, and the outdoor terrace seats around 90 under the large canvas awnings. The weekday “Jolly Roger Happy Hour” promotion make The Pelican an attractive after-work drinks destination for the nearby city office workers; and the recently introduced Pelican Supperclub Saturday Sessions– held every Saturday night from 10 pm to 2 am features four different DJ collectives playing a range of house music genres, and special drinks promotions.
Indoor Dining Room & Bar
The entrance to The Pelican features vintage nautical-themed objects.
Comfortable curved red leather booth settings are arranged back-to-back down the centre of the attractively stylish main dining room. Custom designed over-sized acrylic seahorse art pieces in hot pink mounted onto the walls add a whimsical touch to the contemporary decor.
Shimmering copper tiles highlight the end wall and recessed ceiling overhead. Contemporary copper lamp fixtures suspend globular lights over individual tables.
The contemporary elegance of the main dining space- with red leather upholstered banquette and booth seating contrasting with dark timber flooring and white paneled walls. A separate raised section to one side of the room offers a semi-private space for small groups.
A series of large red leather booth settings feature on the slightly raised section of the main room.
The impressive “L” shaped bar- crafted from an elegant combination of white French paneling and solid white marble counter top.
Outdoor Dining on Marina Bay waterfront
Polished teak bench tables, matched with woven wicker chairs highlight the outdoor terrace section that seats around 90 guests.
The extensive outdoor terrace is sheltered by a permanent canvas awning and enjoys wonderful panoramic views across the Marina Bay waterfront.
The attractive Marina Bay waterfront promenade extends in front of The Pelican providing a relaxing garden outlook across Marina Bay.
Copper framed doors and windows reference the nautical theme- as do the quirky door handles fashioned from antique valve handles.
Selections from the seafood cuisine
Fresh seafood, responsibly sourced from global fisheries, is at the core of the culinary concept at The Pelican. The well-formed one page menu features selections of dishes designed for sharing- and Chef Isaac Tan and his team turn out simple, well executed dishes including the Small Plates appetizers (also served as part of a Bar Snacks Menu) with items such as The Pelican Potted Prawns- flavoured with Pernod, pimento peppers and served with pumpernickel bread; and Rhode Island Fried Squid- lightly battered and served with green olives, capers and banana peppers. The sumptuous The Pelican Platter is the standout offering on the menu- perfect for sharing. Other highlights from the kitchen include The Daily Catch– the freshest deep ocean fishes sourced daily and cooked either on the signature wood-fire grill, or with special techniques such as “whole salt-roasted”. A number of non-seafood options are also available from the wood fire grill- including Sea-Brined Baby Chicken and Angus Beef Ribeye Cap with whiskey mustard.
The Pelican Platter- daily selection of raw oyster & clams, steamed whole lobster, crab & prawns, and marinated conch salad.
Cod’s Tongue Casserole- pieces of cod cooked with roasted garlic and pork scratchings.
Skate Wing Chop- burnt lemon butter & Old Bay Fries. From the Wood-fire Grill.
Signature Cocktail highlights
The beverage program at The Pelican is highlighted by an enticing assemblage of around 20 bespoke “house” Pelican Cocktails that draw their inspiration from maritime traditions, featuring Latin spirits such as rum and cacha, plus gin and vodka. Liberal use of fresh tropical fruits and herbs ensure the concoctions are both flavoursome and refreshing. Headlining the cocktail selections are the Mojitos- with a selection of 10 varieties including the classic Cuban with lime, and others made with fresh fruits such as passion fruit, lychee, pineapple, peach, blood orange, raspberry and kiwi. Massive crystal bowls are utilised for the Pelican Punches– bold concoctions for sharing- the classic Fish House Punch is based on a vintage recipe with Cognac, Venezuelan rum, apricot liqueur, lemon and selected teas.
Cosmopelican- Fruit tea infused Ketel One Vodka, rosemary infused Cointreau, Ocean Spray Cranberry, lime.
Mojito- the original- Bacardi, mint, lime, sugar, fruit. The Pelican Bar serves 10 varieties of Mojito including passion fruit, lychee, pineapple, peach, blood orange, raspberry and kiwi.
Pelicillin- Talisker Single Malt Whisky, Drambuie, lemon, falernum, passionfruit, nori. Pelican signature cocktail
THE PELICAN- Seafood Bar & Grill- Singapore
Address: #01 -01, One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore. 049213
MTR: Raffles Place MRT
Reservations: + 65. 6438 0400
Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/THEPELICANSG
Monday to Friday 12:00 pm ~ 1:00 am Lunch from 12 pm to 3 pm; and Dinner from 5 pm to 11 pm.
Saturday 5:00 pm ~ 1:00 am Dinner only.
“Jolly Roger” Happy Hour 5:00 pm ~ 8:00 pm . 1-for-1 on house red and white wines, spirits, and Hoegaarden beer on draft.
Pelican Supperclub Saturday sessions– every Saturday night from 10 pm to 2 am with four different DJ collectives playing a range of house music genres. Special deals on bottles of Veuve Cliquot, and Glenmorangie or Belvedere. Bucket of 5 Carlsberg at $35++