Offshore Bar & Grill (“OBG”) is a BBQ restaurant located at Tanah Ferry Terminal. OBG promises a Kelong lifestyle filled with barbecue, beers and seaside bliss. This al-fresco dining offers a view of Singapore Straits, complete with the view of the ships departing and docking at Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal.
A meal at OBG started at $69++ for the buffet. You have the option of steam shabu-shabu or smoky charcoal. We decided on smoky charcoal since it is the most eye-catching plus the restaurant name also mention “Grill”.
Each pax will get two fresh oysters and steam whole seabass (600g for 1 – 3 pax, 800g for 4 -5 pax). The oysters are fresh, plump and juicy. We slurped it raw with lemon or with fried shallots and spring onion, like Thai style. OBG claims that their seafood comes fresh from the nearby kelongs and they surely deliver. The seabass is steamed to perfection with soy sauce. The flesh is sweet and velvety.
The seafood selections offer grey and tiger prawns, flower crabs, shells, crayfish, octopus, fish, squid skewer, otah and OBG signature tang hoon lala. There is also black pepper crab, tempura prawns, sotong youtiao, crab stick and sotong balls in the cooked food section.
Our picks are the squid skewers, grey/tiger prawns and the octopus. They cooked nicely on the charcoal bbq. Our scallops and gong gong are burnt as we were too busy eating and did not watch the fire properly.
To jazz up your food, there are more than 15 sauces and condiments available. Each of them is packed individually, ensuring the strictest hygiene. The sauces / condiments include honey black pepper, ginger plum, soy sauce, black vinegar, zesty mayo, sweet chilli, sambal, nacho cheese, sesame oil, margarine, fried garlic, spring onion, chopped garlic, chopped coriander, roasted sesame seeds and fried shallots.
Of course, you can Top Up the seafood experience at OBG with lobster. For $59++, you get a whole fresh lobster (around 500g), mud crab (500g), seasonal catch and 4 pcs of fresh oysters. The portion is good to share for 2 pax.
When we slowly grilled the lobster, it turns out to be juicy, succulent with a touch of bounciness. The flesh is just amazing and super fresh. LD spread a lot of margarine on hers, making it her version of lobster with butter sauce.
I always have my reservations about putting my crab on a grill. Placing the body of the crabs on the side of the bbq, the body of the crab is delicious. However, it did not turn out so well for the pincers. The delicate flesh sticks to the exoskeletons. Next time, I’ll probably wrap the pincers with margarine in the aluminium foil, before placing them on the grill. Hopefully, it turns out better. The oysters are the same as the regular buffet version.
Back to the regular buffet menu. OBG have different type of meat selections of three types of beef, four types of chicken, five types of pork, three different sausages and ten different types of satay and skewers. It is just so much to choose from.
We tried Chef Dines 24 hours cured pork, fat beef, Itaewon beef, lamb skewers and mutton satay. The lamb and mutton satay are well marinated and succulent. We grilled the cured pork till it reaches golden brown, it is almost as good as having a Korean bbq pork belly.
|Clockwise from Top: Lamb Skewers, Mutton Satay, Black Pepper Beef, |
24 Hours Cured Pork, Itaewon Beef & Fat Beef
For the Fat Beef, OBG uses Meltique beef. It is known to deliver tasty and juicy beef which remind me of the flaming beef that we always eat in Taiwan street food. It is tasty on its own and it remains tender although you overcooked it.
To complete the overall dining experience, there are salads, fruits, desserts, ice creams and soft drinks are included in the buffet. OBG also have Pao Fan and Laksa Noodle. You just need to order it from them, like the rest of the food.
For the alcoholic drinks, you have the option of ala-carte or buffet. The free flow of booze is priced at $39++. Free flow of House beer: Stella Artois, Black Cab Stout; House spirits: vodka, whisky, gin, rum, brandy and tequila; and House Wine: Selected Red or White Wines.
The in-house bartender, Ken, let us try their signature creation Cocktail and Mocktail, using the Blue Sky base, like the colour of the blue ocean. According to LD, the cocktails is light and refreshing. While my mocktail has a nice touch of citrus in it.
Located beside the Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal Building, OBG delivers a true al-fresco dining experience. Part of the restaurant that is closer to the building is covered with a permanent tent, while the part closer to the fence, are covered with retractable awnings. Therefore, no matter if it rains or shine, you will be protected from the extreme weather while enjoying the outdoor dining experience. I suggest you come in your most laid-back attire, so you don’t get too hot and sweaty.
The team at OBG are a friendly bunch. They are very accommodating and also generous in giving suggestions on how to get the best taste of their ingredients. Do take note that THERE IS NO TIME LIMIT on the buffet food & booze, as long as within their opening hours.
Overall, one of the best outdoor alfresco bbq experiences I ever had in Singapore. It is full-on seafood galore and the rest of the buffet menu are just extensive. The free flow of drinks and desserts, just complete the experience. Yumz!!
Thank you very much Edmund, Ken and OBG Team for hosting us.
Food & Drink: 7.5/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Budget per Person: $51 - $80; $81 and above
Offshore Bar & Grill
50 Tanah Merah Ferry Road
T: +65 9437 8922
Daily 12.00 – 16.00 (LO 15.30); 17.00 – 22.30 (LO 22.00)