354 Joo Chiat Road
Singapore 427600

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04:30pm - 02:30am

04:30pm - 02:30am

04:30pm - 02:30am

04:30pm - 02:30am

04:30pm - 02:30am

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04:30pm - 02:30am

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Easties, drop by Joo Chiat Road for some no-frills, hearty zi char with the fam. Order their addictively tangy Assam Fish Head ($18) with loads of vegetables and pineapples. Crack open the crisp, flaky Yam Ring ($18) to uncover a smooth and fragrant yam filling. Otherwise, the tasty Indonesian Prawns in Claypot (from $16) is a foolproof option, where buttered prawns sit in a spicy, milky broth. Save some space for the delectable Fried Pork Belly ($10) — best paired with sambal belacan!
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Good variety of food and when you're craving for Zi Char. Can be cheap, to not so cheap if you're ordering crabs, etc.

Within the corner coffeeshop that faces the big carpark in Joo Chiat are three stalls selling food I like very much. In the morning, I go there for “Da Dong Prawn Noodles” on a regular basis and of late, have also grown fond of the “ban mian” (the dry version is shiok) from the stall next to it.
Come evening time, it’s the “zi char” dishes by “Mellvin Seafood Restaurant” that draw my return visits. I feel their cooking leans towards the Malaysian style, with dishes seasoned slightly heavier for a more intense flavour profile - something I find more enjoyable.
Shown above it their Assam Fish Head which has a gravy sour enough to make your mouth pucker a little but there’s no denying it will also have you reaching out for more. They don’t stinge on the “rempah” so there is a nice body to the gravy too. As you can see, the amount of vegetables and pineapple is pretty generous as well. And for the record, every time we have ordered fish here, they have never not tasted fresh either.


I’ve not had many yam rings before, but if they’re usually like this, I think I’m a fan! The crisp, flaky exterior is the perfect vessel for the wide range of ingredients (chicken chunks were really tender) and mild but tasty sauce. Crack it open and you’ll find smooth, fragrant yam that I just loooove. Might not be the most glamorous place, but the zi char here at Mellvin Seafood definitely satisfies.


Housed in a coffeeshop where Da Dong Prawn Noodles operates by day, Mellvin Seafood Restaurant takes the limelight when night falls. For a late night supper sesh, share the Indonesian Prawns in Claypot (from $16) with a super lemak, spicy gravy!
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Unless you enjoy trawling through lots of mostly empty shells (the little clams have all but fallen out), I wouldn’t suggest ordering this. Which is a pity as the way they fry them with tiny dried shrimp, ginger strips and pork lard is actually very appetising.