My last run in with Prima Revolving Restaurant was a good 20 years ago! This iconic restaurant is exactly 40 years old, a rarity in today’s competitive food & beverage industry. Sitting atop Singapore’s first flour mill and currently the only revolving restaurant, Prima promises a 360 degree panoramic view of Singapore’s business district including our massive shipyard. A sense of nostalgia filled me the moment we drove through the industrial gates of the mill. Take the elevator to the ninth floor and be greeted by a long escalator followed by another flight of spiral steps up the restaurant. Subtle signs of the 70s were reflected in the maroon patterned carpet and the dated chandelier in the lobby. The rest of the ambience is neither aged nor crummy. They have definitely made efforts to modernize the restaurant while preserving some old school grandeur. The semi circular stage in the center is still present. A popular wedding venue in the 80s, that’s where the bridal couple would sit while their guests revolve around them! Ah… the old days!! Our decision to check out Prima was totally impromptu. Though the restaurant specializes in Beijing cuisine, a quick dim sum lunch was what we had in mind.
From left: The entrance that seemed unchanged from 1977; the mandatory aquarium that depicts class in the 70s; and the long escalator that takes you not to the restaurant but to another flight of steps up to the restaurant!
From left: The dumpling that’s generously packed; the Xiao Long Bao wrapper stood the test of the chopstick pinch without breaking; the super plump chicken feet was a winner; and the unique and delicious chive filling encased in a chewy shell.
A restaurant that can proudly claim they stood the test of time. I wouldn’t hesitate another go at their dim sum if I’m ever in the neighborhood. I’d definitely take friends who have not experienced dining in circles! And having lived in Beijing for many years, I would be most excited to check out their specialized Beijing cuisine if just to compare authenticity or simply jolt some happy memories again!
Prima Revolving Restaurant @ 201 Keppel Road Singapore 099419 Phone: +65 6272 8822
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