Mediterranean fusion anyone? The Claypots story starts in Melbourne in the 1990s when chef Renan Goskin opened a small restaurant offering claypots and seafood dishes that blended Mediterranean and Southeast Asian flavours. The concept immediately gained traction, and it wasn’t long before Renan was feeding fans at four different locations across the state of Victoria. Two of those fans were Singaporean students Melvin and Elaine who loved the food so much that they made it their mission to open a Claypots in Singapore. Enter Claypots Full Circle, a sleek new sanctuary of seafood on Amoy Street.
Why you should come here:
The atmosphere at Claypots Full Circle is inviting with soft lighting, warm wooden tables, and a small bar where you can perch on a stool and strike up a conversation with the bartender. A freezer showcases the fresh seafood picked up that day from the market, and a blackboard displays the special meze plates and mains that change on a daily basis depending on whatever is fresh and in season. Start with a cocktail or a glass of wine before feasting your heart out on expertly prepared seafood dishes with subtle, yet flavourful sauces.
What we love:
Even though it only recently opened, we found the service to be efficient and attentive, which was pleasantly surprising. There were just two of us, so we grabbed a seat at the bar and shared a few dishes. It has the same menu of small plates daily, and we tried the trio of dips with baba ganoush, hummus, and tzatziki, the sauteed bok choy with caper crumbs, and the saganaki cheese, all of which were delicious. The staff also recommended the Full Circle Port Arlington mussels, and this was by far our favourite dish. The mussels were fresh and tasty and the sauce made us want to lick the bowl clean. So we did.
Claypots Full Circle is still in soft opening mode, so the lunch menu is quite small and the focus for now is on dinner, so we recommend swinging by in the evening for the full spread. If you come solo or in a small group, grab a seat at the bar for a more intimate experience. Definitely try the mussels and be sure to ask your server what’s on special that day.
The small plates start at just $6++, and mains could run anywhere from $25++ to $95++ depending on the size and quality of the seafood.
Claypots Full Circle, 103 Amoy Street, Singapore 069923. p. +65 6203 2203. Open Mon – Fri 10:30am – 12am, Sat 5pm – 12am.