A new seafood concept that consists of 9 different layers of seafood and shellfish has opened on our shore at Prinsep Street. The visually exciting Captain K Seafood Tower would probably be the next steamboat craze in Singapore.
The stunning 9 layer of seafood and shellfish is stacked on top of one another allowing the essence of the ingredients to drip to the most bottom layer as the hot steam circulated through the tower, steaming and cooking the varieties of seafood. My only disappointment is that it is already cooked in the kitchen before serving to the table. Before prepared to wait for at least 20 minutes as the different layers get cooked.
Starting from the layers top down, we started with Scallop. Instead of eating the natural flavour of the shellfish, it is actually lighted seasoned to give it a lift in flavour. The scallop was huge and plump, with a nice bouncy texture.
The second layer is the fresh Oyster. Luxurious it may be but I thought it was over cooked. Hence it was quite of dry. It is not the best way how I would like to eat my oyster.
The third layer is Squid stuffed with rice. You probably can tell from the picture that squid has shrunk with the rice stuffing protruding out. It was rather bland too. I would recommend having it with the Thai green chilli dip which goes very well with it.
The fourth layer we have Prawns. I thought this is the best layer when the prawns are steamed to a nice crunchy texture coupled with its natural sweetness.
The fifth layer is the Lobster. The two huge lobsters should be already worth the visit.
More surprise is hidden in the sixth layer when the huge Alaskan Crab is revealed. Known for its sweetness and meaty legs, this is another luxurious enjoyment.
Mantis Shrimp 3.5/5
On the seventh layer is the Mantis Shrimp. I seldom see this in Singapore except Hong Kong. Just a word of caution for those that has not eaten it before. The shell is quite hard and sharp. So do be careful when peeling it.
Wrapping up the eighth layer is the Mussels and Clams to provide the sweet essence for the soup base before.
The last and bottom layer of the seafood tower is the soup base. It comes in three variations. There are the classic Kombu Dashi, Housemade Korean Kimchi Stew and Chicken Ginseng Broth. We had the kimchi stew. To enjoy the last layer to the fullest, diners can add on extra ingredients such as pork slices, sausages, luncheon meat, maggi mee, fish ball, fish cakes, vegetables etc. The pricing of the a la carte ingredients are determined by the different coloured plates.
The 9 layers seafood tower ($288.90) is good for 8 pax. The menu comes with a choice of 3 layers ($52.90), 5 layers ($98.90) and 7 layers ($188.90). There are good for 2 pax, 5 pax and 6 pax respectively.
Captain K Seafood Tower
30 Prinsep Street
Tel: +65 62552270
Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (CC Line), Dhoby Ghaut (CC Line, NE Line, NS Line)
Daily: 1130am - 3pm, 6pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Bras Basah MRT station. Take Exit D & E. Walk down Bras Basah road towards Prinsep Street. Turn right onto Prinsep Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Dhoby Ghaut MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to traffic light junction of Handy Road and Bras Basah Road. Cross the road and turn right onto Bras Basah Road. Continue on Bras Basah Road. Turn left onto Prinsep Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 10 minutes.[Map]