The Pelican is a newly opened restaurant offering what they describe as “coastal” food with an emphasis on American cuisine (BBQ’d eggplant and grits, crabcakes, whoopie pie etc) and a well thought out, reasonably priced drinks list – whats not to love right? Beautifully decorated, in a NYC sense of style, all plush banquette seating, marble and exposed copper no expense has been spared with the interior design, yet everything is bought together in a fresh, witty yet comforting decor that will undoubtedly withstand the test of time.
I started with 4 Oysters – from Brittany and kept until serving in a fish tank in the back of their kitchen whilst my friend opted for the aforementioned crab cakes. The oysters were very tasty, beautifully fresh and thoughtfully (and from my experience rarely seen in Singapore, they had been pre loosened from the shell)
The crab cakes were outstanding, a great standalone small plate which you could enjoy with some fries for a light lunch or appetiser as in our case. No filler of potato here, just sweet white crab meat paired with crunchy pickled vegetables on the side, highly enjoyable and at $26 not bad value at all.
I opted for another small plate as my main course, potted prawns with pimento which was very different to the potted shrimps we are familiar with in the UK but no less enjoyable and a generous portion to boot which worked well with the rye bread served on the side.
The snapper pie was a sight to behold, a veritable mountain of fluffy puff pastry concealing a highly appetising stew of snapper and mixed vegetables that we managed to demolish in no time at all in spite of the huge portion.
A side of creamy grits with BBQ’d eggplant was comfort food at its best, I will try the grilled corn with feta and chilli next time I go back if I can tear myself away from trying another portion of this, who would have guessed grits could taste so decadent!
We shared the bread pudding with caramel sauce for dessert and a friend at a nearby table also offered us some of her amazing chocolate whoopie pie (essentially what I know as a devils food cake) which meant the meal ended on a delicious but sinful note.
Coffee is from Oriole coffee roasters and as good as you might expect and with cocktails starting at $16 and wines at $75 this is not just a place for serious eating but serious drinking as well. They have only been open for a few weeks and if things continue as they have begun, they have a real gem on their hands. With stunning views of Marina Bay and a talented team both back and front of house, The Pelican is a great addition to the CBD and one I shall definitely return to.