Another Korean “9 Layer Seafood Tower” restaurant opens in Singapore, this time at 74 Amoy Street.
K-Tower, not to be confused with Captain K Seafood Tower at Prinsep Street, is based on a similar layered seafood concept.
The restaurant also offers other Korean cuisines such as Ginseng Chicken Soup: ($17.90), Army Stew ($26.90) and Shake Shake Rice Box ($9.90).
For those who has yet to try, what happens is fresh seafood is continuously steamed within the ‘tower’, with varieties of seafood stacked up in tiers.
Essentially, the seafood would actually be steamed before hand, so you do not have to worry about under-cooking. Overcooking may be more of a problem.
Juices and essence of the various seafood items will trickle downwards, collected at the bottom pot of soup which would be made more flavourful.
What is special about K-Tower is that there is quite a wide range of soup bases such as seafood soup (complimentary), kimchi soup (additional $10), army stew (additional $10) and ginseng soup (additional $20).
The prices are as follows:
– 3-Tier Seafood Tower with prawns, scallops, shellfish and soup base at $58
– 5-Tier Seafood Tower with fish, oyster, prawn, scallop and soup base at $128
– 7-Tier Seafood Tower with lobster, fish, oyster, prawn, scallop, shellfish and soup base at $198
– 9-Tier Seafood Tower with lobster, crab, oyster, fish, prawn, scallop, sea cucumber, shellfish and soup base at $298
– 9-Tier Premium Tower with abalone, lobster, crab, oyster, fish, prawn, scallop, sea cucumber, shellfish and soup base at $388
(In contrast, competitor restaurants sells theirs at a similar pricing of $68, $128, $198.90, and $298.80.)
The question is: What is stopping customers from steaming all these seafood at home, costing a fraction of the price?
I guess it is part novelty (at least in Singapore), part freshness, part convenience. Oh, there is a bin customised within the table itself, so you can eat and throw ‘into’ the table.
As I went with only a friend, we shared a 3-Tier Seafood Tower ($58) with prawns, scallops, shellfish and soup base. Army stew soup was at an additional $10.
She noted that the other tables ordered the 9-tier, and thankful she didn’t need to stand up and down just to take items from the top tier. Exercise, my dear. Though we recognise that vertically-challenged people may find that cumberson.
What worked: The freshness of the season, tastiness of the accompanying sauces (sauces play a very important role okay?), and the kimchi – probably one of the better ones in Singapore.
I got bored after having my 4th piece of shellfish, then realised there were 40 more pieces going on in the 2nd tier. Perhaps some variety (I won’t even mind vegetables) would help.
Also, the mussels were slightly overcooked, and thus not as juicy. Partly our fault? As we didn’t know how the control the temperatures well in the eagerness to see steam coming out.
K-Tower offers steamboat add-ons to the hot pot of goodness such as sea urchin ball, K-Tower Assorted Rice cakes, wang gyoza, kurobuta pork, wagyu beef and more.
I would recommend the platter ($9.90) which included vegetables, a variety of balls (including the cheese ones), and ramyeon.
The budae jjigae soup base, while sounding pretty exciting, emmm… tasted too diluted for my liking and couldn’t capture the essence of a good army stew. Taste and texture wise, it was almost similar to minestrone soup served in Hong Kong cafes?
Without the first player’s advantage, K-Tower may need more compelling reasons to keep customers coming back. I did like their Korean pancake by the way.
Working on the soup bases, having more unique ingredients, and more variety within each tier to differentiate from the other competitor, could work.
74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893 (10 mins walk from Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer MRT stations)
Tel: +65 62219928
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2.30pm, 5.30 pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)