Thursday, December 28, 2006

Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant

We had dinner at Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant - One of the two revolving restaurants in Singapore, with the other being Top of the M. Established in 1977 and perched on top of a grain silo, Prima can almost be considered a landmark in the Harbourfront area. The lone lift in the silo lobby drops you off on the 9th floor and the remaining 2 floors will have to be covered on foot through a winding staircase. What greets you is an excellent all rounded view of the surrounding areas. Although Prima only stands at 11 floors high, it doesn't seem to be dwarfed by Top of the M, which is on the 39th floor (Its probably just perception, but I wouldn't know). The rotating mechanism is also noticeably much smoother than Top of the M's.

Business was brisk when we got there at about 730pm (well, its Christmas), but we managed to get a table for 8 even without reservations. Being health conscious, we ordered the 8 course set dinner for 8 pax from their healthier choice menu.

Starting off was their famous Shredded Scallop with Fish & Egg White. Flavourful yet light on the taste buds with a delightful tinge of fishiness, the texture was just right and nothing short of wonderful. No doubt about it, this is truly a signature dish of Prima. The Minced Beancurd & Vegetables in Thick Soup fell a bit flat though. Although interesting presented in a bed of white and green, it was rather bland and reminded me of eating mashed up beancurd without any seasoning or sauce.

Steamed Soon Hock, a very difficult dish to master. First of all, the Soon Hock must be very fresh and it mustn't be steamed over too big a fire or for too long. The Steamed Soon Hock met neither criteria. The fish wasn't very fresh and the flesh was a little too soft from steaming the fish for too long. Still decent, but disappointing to say the least. Following up was the Authentic Barbecued Peking Duck. This was probably one of the best dishes that night. Slightly crispy skin with fats beneath it and wrapped in egg skin, it was appetizing and not too heavy. However, it is nowhere in comparison to Min Jiang @ One North's superb rendition.

The Fried Prawn Balls with Spring Onion & Ginger was forgettable. Sure the prawns were fresh and coated in a light batter before frying, but that was about it. It tasted as its name suggests, fried prawn balls. When it comes to the worst dish of the day, the Sauteed Vegetables with Cream probably takes the cake. The vegetables were soggy and the sweet cream was really quite a misfit with the vegetables, especially when the dish had quite a bit of water in it.

The Fried Ee Fu Noodles with Shredded Duck came across as a little too heavy and I had the urge to puke everything out after a small bowl of it. Taste wise, it was merely average and could have done better by adding a little more salted vegetables in. Wrapping up was the Herbal Jelly. I'm rather neutral about Herbal Jelly because those that I've tried so far tasted more or less the same to me. This one was no exception, but they could have been more generous with the syrup because it wasn't enough to go around.

An unsatisfying dinner for 8 set us back by about $363, which is rather expensive considering the average quality of food and the SLOW service (we had to wait for almost 1.5 hrs for our dishes and it would have been longer if we had not reminded the staff constantly. Being packed is no excuse for the long wait I feel, especially when I see alot of the wait staff walking around leisurely). Only the Shredded Scallop with Fish & Egg White stood out but it is enough to make me go back if I do develop a craving for it.

Entrance to the silo

Lift lobby

View from the top



Shredded Scallop with Fish & Egg White

Shredded Scallop with Fish & Egg White after mixing

Minced Beancurd & Vegetables in Thick Soup

Steamed Soon Hock

The Peking Duck

Individual serving of Peking Duck

Fried Prawn Balls with Spring Onion & Ginger

Sauteed Vegetables with Cream

Fried Ee Fu Noodles with Shredded Duck

Herbal Jelly

Final Verdict:
Food:6.5/10 (8/10 for the Shredded Scallop with Fish & Egg White)
Value for money:6/10


Address: 201 Keppel Road

Contact: 6272 8822

Comments: Only valet parking is available for a tip at your own discretion.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i havent been there for a long time but the last time i went i LOVED their sharks fin soup (: