Deep Sea Dining: Top Seafood Towers in Hong Kong
From jumbo prawn heads to plump oysters and mussels, there’s nothing more exhilarating than savoring seafood in its natural state.
David Laris’ LKF implant Porterhouse might flaunt its steak first, but the seafood options are just as gratifying. Opt for the impressive seafood tower to share, washed down by a crisp white varietal from the steakhouse’s accessible wine selection. You’ll get a chilled platter of Canadian lobster, king crab legs, oysters, shrimp and whatever else is fresh for the day—accompanied by assorted house condiments to whet your appetite for the meat feast to come.$750 for two, $1,500 for four.
Chef Gianni Caprioli’s cheerful seafood palace Fishsteria is all about the wow factor—from the luxurious caviar and blinis to the whole salt-baked fish, and of course, the elegant seafood platter bursting with ocean produce. The smallest platter ($248) features oysters, scallops, langoustine and blue shrimp, while the next level up ($488) includes cherry stone clams, red shrimps and crab legs. For the full monty, the large platter ($888) offers a complete spread, including three different types of shrimp. If you love oysters, stop by on Tuesdays from 5-7:30pm for $10 bivalves and caviar specials.
Going strong for more than 25 years, The Bostonian is still one of the best places in the city to savor western-style seafood due to its American-sized portions and wide produce selection. The Seafood Castle ($898) is a mountain of fresh Boston lobster, oysters, scallops, prawns, Alaskan crab leg, jade whelks and razor clams, served with cocktail and mignonette sauces. If you prefer DIY, you can create your own platter for two ($918), three ($1,327) or four people ($1,786), choosing 10 items from an expanded menu. Don’t miss the famous lobster bisque ($148), a thick and creamy soup boasting a deep oceanic flavor.
There’s no trendier spot to immerse yourself in the heart of the sea than at the newly opened Seafood Room, a behemoth restaurant from Russia-based Bulldozer Group perched high above Causeway Bay. The idea here is to build your own seafood platter from the stunning assortment of fresh seafood displayed at the restaurant’s entrance, including sashimi, oysters and live shellfish including fresh-market lobster and prawns (sold at market price). The just-launched weekend brunch will also feature pre-arranged seafood towers, but why not take the hands-on route and build your own from scratch?
Fish Bar & Pool Lounge
If you can’t get yourself to the beach, the next best place to eat seafood is poolside at the JW Marriott’s cozy Fish Bar & Pool Lounge. Get in a few strokes at the sparkling outdoor pool surrounded by lush foliage, then bunker down at a table to sate your appetite with an assortment of poached prawns, snow crab legs, oysters, mussels, clams and Boston lobster. We also love the variety of dipping condiments, from red wine vinegar with shallots to wasabi soy and a classic cocktail sauce.
$790 for two. 7/F, JW Marriott Hotel, One Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Admiralty, 2810-8366.
Hotpot Seafood Steamer Towers
The Seafood Kitchen
The more seafood stacks the better at Asian fusion hotspot The Seafood Kitchen: you can layer up to nine steel containers filled with everything from scallops to abalone to geoduck and mantis shrimp. Place the layers carefully on the induction cooker and watch as your seafood is steamed and ready to eat in 10 minutes tops.
Even five-star hotel chains are getting in on the nine-layer seafood tower hotpot trend: Head to Harbourside at the InterCon Hong Kong for a seafood extravaganza featuring a rotating selection of steamed items—think abalone, shrimp, sea whelk and scallops—accompanied by a homemade seafood congee that’s warm and satisfying.
Nine Steam Fresh
Korean hotpot is on the menu at Nine Steam Fresh, with a teetering five-story “Seoul Tower” ($398) of razor clams, scallops, periwinkles, littleneck clams, mud crab and more, accompanied by traditional Korean soups like ginseng chicken, with spicy kimchi on the side. Order additional king crab, wagyu beef and black pork to round out the epic feast.
Seansin Seafood claims to be the “seafood hotpot experts” and for good reason: you’ll find lofty platters of all types of fresh seafood for reasonable prices, including jumbo prawns and lobsters with the tails intact—ready to dunk into the bubbling broth. Sick of seafood? Order the premium beef set, which also comes in a grand three-tiered tower.