The Prawn Star – Seafood Tze Char at Duxton Hill (CLOSED)
Don’t want to have the typical western fare at Duxton Hill? Head to the new spot in town – THE PRAWN STAR! The people behind Tiong Bahru Bar has opened a seafood-centric joint on Duxton Hill that reinvents classic dishes with zi char flair. Resident Chef Anthony Lim catches the freshest seafood in the crack of morning from our local markets, with seasonal specials such as wood fire fishes available regularly. All seafood is first charcoal-grilled over binchō-tan before braving the heat over the stove.
Sriracha Caramel Popcorn ($8) makes for a great bar snack with the crunchy popcorn with a spicy kick. This is so addictive that we couldn’t stop eating. They should really consider doing this for pack away.
Another unique dish is Calamari “yaki udon” ($18). Fresh and frim curls of squid is used to replace the udon noodles, and stir fried in a savoury Worcestershire sauce with bonito flakes, shredded seaweed, pickled ginger and crunchy cabbage.
Mussels are my favourite. Curried Mussels ($18) is like a east-meet-west dish with juicy mussels stir fried with curry sauce and served with mantous. Honestly, I still prefer my mussels to cook with garlic and white wine. However, I like the TPW Grilled King Prawns in Signature Kimchi-Miso Butter ($26) very much. The flesh is cooked just right, and remained juicy. The kimchi miso butter makes the dish a little out of the ordinary.
Using the same king prawns, a heartier main would be the King Prawn on Vermicelli Claypot ($32) with smooth “tang hoon” and fresh prawns. For the same price, you can also pick blue swimmer crab instead of prawns. It feels like a typical Thai cze char dish with smooth vermicelli with three prawns. If you need something to fill you up quickly, this is perfect. For me, I think the prices are towards the steep side.
Wood-Fired Whole Fish (prices by weight) is only lightly seasoned so you get the freshness from the meat. Pair it with international wines, handcrafted beers and sexy mixes ($16) such as Dirty Redhead and Midnight Hook Up with whiskey and vodka respectively.
The Prawn Star
Address: 21 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089604
Tel: 6323 3353
Opening Hours: LUNCH Monday – Friday : 12pm – 2.30pm. DINNER Monday – Thursday : 6pm – 10.30pm; Friday – Saturday : 6pm – Late