The Place You will not feel welcome at the lobby of the restaurant. But yes, that’s the very character of Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant that the regulars to this old-time classic restaurant likes. As one of the oldest Chinese restaurants in Singapore, since 1977 to be exact, this restaurant in Harbourfront right at the gateway of Sentosa is also one of the only two revolving restaurant in Singapore. For one, the view of the city is quite splendid as the tower and your table revolves slowly as you dine, with changing views of the CBD, the port and Sentosa.
Nestled in the midst of Prima’s flour milling factory and warehouses, you ought to drive carefully amongst the heavy load trucks and forklifts, and have your car chauffeured off by the compulsory valets. Hop up the decade(s)-old lift, take the escalator and climb the spiraling stairs up to the restaurant; once up, you will be greeted by the revolving restaurant with the Singapore skyline in its full glory!
The Food For a weekend dim sum affair, the spread at Prima Tower is pretty decent. We started with the Steamed Dumpling with Prawns (S$5.80) or ‘Siew Mai’, which comes with three portions. The prawn filling is relatively huge, though I was intrigued by the presentation where the tail of the shrimp sticks out.
The Steamed Garlic Scallop & Prawn Dumpling (S$5.80) turned out to be quite good. You can’t go that wrong if your prawns and scallops are fresh.
The Steamed Barbeque Pork Bun (S$4.80) is one of those dim sum dishes we tend to order every time. The ‘Char Siew’ meat here was sweet enough.
The Steamed Rice Roll with Prawn (S$6.80) is another dish good for sharing. My only gripe is that the portions can definitely be slightly bigger.
If you fancy some congee, the Preserved Egg with Lean Pork Congee (S$5.80) is a decent option. The texture of the congee is quite fine, and add that plate of crispy crackers to it for added crunch.
I was quite excited to try the Baked Barbeque Pork Bun (S$5.80) since there is no Barbeque Pork Pastry on the menu. Unfortunately, the whole texture was dry and the pork fillings was relatively bland.
Rants Parking is quite limited though there is always the option of valet. I noticed that the prices of the food has generally increased quite substantially over the past few years.
Will I Return Again? Nostalgia is one main draw for me. There is something sentimental about the dated carpets, old elevator and a tower which revolves as you dine. The food is decent, though the view and old-school ambience are the primary draws.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Prima Tower Revolving Restaurant
201 Keppel Road
Tel: +65 6272 8822/8988
11am to 2.30pm (Monday – Saturday)
10.30am to 2.30pm (Sunday & PH)
6.30pm to 10.30pm (Monday to Sunday & PH)
Ranted by The Ranter