The Place Locate along the buzzing Amoy Street, K-Tower at Amoy Street is the latest establishment to open in CBD since last December. We must confess that we are not very up-to-date about the latest food trend in Korea, but we were told that the multi-tier seafood concept is one of the latest trend. The restaurant is spacious and spans across two levels with a natural warm lighting.
The Food As the name suggests, we initially thought that this is a steamboat or seafood concept. That said, the tower in K Tower refers to the idea of building and customising your own seafood tower, with a strong emphasis on using live seafood. You will get to choose from the likes of Boston lobsters, Sri Lankan crabs, Australian abalones, white clams, black mussels, Canadian oysters and sea cucumbers. The restaurant is helmed by Chef Sky, who has more than ten years of experience with Korean cuisines.
We had the 9-tier Seafood Tower (S$298) which can feed about 8-9 pax. The hefty price tag aside, the servings in each tier is very generous, hence it should suffice for a big group. With little seasoning in each layer from the crab to the lobster, the ingredients were fresh and the quality was good. We also had the Army Stew Soup (additional S$10) at the bottom layer of all the seafood, where the essence and jus of each layer trickled to this very bottom layer. Other soup base options include the Seafood (no additional charge), Kimchi (S$10), Korean ginseng (S$20).
Other than the seafood tower, we also tried other Korean dishes such as the Korean Ginseng Chicken and the bibimbap inspired Shake Shake Rice Box. The Korean Ginseng Chicken (S$17.90) was good, as I don’t fancy those with an overpowering ginseng taste and smell. This version was light, easy to drink on the palate and served with very tender chicken.
For the Shake Shake Rice Box (S$14.90) shake the box hard enough and you will get a nice mix of the ingredients. Unfortunately, we found it too sweet and lack the usual punch of the classic bibimbap.
The K-Tower Fried Chicken (S$7.90) is a good snack and side dish to have along, though we thought that it wasn’t crispy and spicy enough, which was a pity.
Thankfully, the Seafood Pancake (S$14.90) didn’t disappoint. It was not the most crispy we ever had, but it was very addictive and tasty.
If you work in the vicinity, there is also a Weekday Set Lunch, inclusive of a drink and side dishes. The weekday set lunch options include army stew, Shake Shake rice box, Korean ginseng chicken and bulgogi, available from 11.30am to 2.30pm, excluding public holidays. Prices start from S$9.90 onwards.
Rants The seafood overshadowed the Korean dishes at K-Tower. In this aspect, it might not be worthwhile if you are purely out for some authentic Korean dishes.
Will I Return Again? On the whole, K-Tower is a good option in CBD if you are thinking of a Korean restaurant for a group gathering. The fresh seafood is the highlight, while you can also satisfy your Korean food cravings at the same time.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
74 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 6221 9928
Daily: 11.30 am to 2.30pm; 5.30 pm to 10pm
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