Whether it’s for date night, dinner with friends or an after-work hangout with your colleagues, CHIJMES has plenty for you to choose from.
This restaurant (#01-24) has racked up more than a few 1-star Michelin awards between its Hong Kong, Shanghai and Singapore locations. Its CHIJMES outpost serves top-notch dim sum in the afternoon, and Chinese fine-dining faves such as Barbecued Peking Duck all day long.
At this 1-star Michelin estab (#01-26/27). Chef-Owner Sam Aisbett gives his spin on modern Australian cuisine, incorporating Asian ingredients and influences. Try the three-course lunch or dinner set menu (from $70 and $116, respectively), which showcase offerings like Japanese sea bream and Australian beef.
One of CHIJMES’s newest tenants, this Singaporean mainstay (#02-01B/01C) is known for its wide assortment of local seafood specialties and satisfying tze char dishes. But, that doesn’t mean you should ignore its perfectly cooked USDA Black Angus “Choice” Rib Eye ($16 for 100 grammes).
Did you know that curry dish The Balti was allegedly invented in Birmingham, UK? You can enjoy it and other British-inflected Indian delicacies – from Vegetable Dum Biryani ($16) to Indian Railway Mutton Curry ($19) – at this eatery (#01-13), which offers breezy outdoor seating.
Chef-Founder Samia Ahad’s goal is to elevate Asian comfort food at this popular hangout (#02-01/01A). Carnivores will salivate over wok-fried crispy chicken with Sichuan peppercorn and spring onion ($18), while vegetarians will dig the braised shitake mushrooms with kimchi, daikon slaw and steamed bun ($16). Finish on a sweet note with White Rabbit Ice Cream Sandwiches ($14).
The masterfully creamy, umami broth at Ikkousha Ramen (#01-07) is made from the essence of various parts of pork bone. And its special pork chashu is soaked in a secret-recipe sauce, which results in a extra-flavourful, succulent topping for your ramen.
Located within CHIJMES since 1996, Tatsu (#01-08) has had more than 20 years to refine its dual concept as a sushi bar and Japanese teppanyaki restaurant – and serves only the freshest seafood and prime cuts. Go all-out on the Wagyu and Lobster Teppanyaki Course (from $158), which includes lobster head miso soup and seafood fried rice.
Styled after a typical Tokyo izakaya bar (e.g., dark wooden furniture), this hip-yet-cosy haunt (#01-18) cooks up tasty rice bowls, kushiyaki skewers and more. Bonus: It’s got a good selection of sakes, whiskies and beers, too. Kanpai!
This resto-bar (#01-31) knows its proteins, from the cooked-just-how-you-like-it Moa Burger ($15.50) to tender Pork Ribs ($35) and Seafood Platter ($30) with four ocean catches. And it proudly pours craft beers and wines from New Zealand.
With a name that is Mexican slang for “the to-go guy”, this outdoor restaurant (#01-20) can be your fixer for all things Mex-cellent: Wild Fish Ceviche ($20), Kurobuta Pork “Al Pastor” Tacos ($14 for two) and even Mexican-inspired desserts like the Tequila Pecan Pie topped with cinnamon ice cream ($14).
Hosting more than 400 single-malt and blended-malt whiskies; single-cask rums plus its own exclusive single-cask whiskies; single malts from family-run distilleries and more, this modern-day whisky den (#01-25) is a sanctuary from the hustle of city life. Tip: Shop for take-home bottles here, too.
An idyllic spot for families and friends to meet and unwind, this stylish fusion restaurant (#01-15/16) turns into a sports bar at night with large screens showing all manner of games. Best part? It’s open till 2 a.m. every day (and till 3 a.m. on Fridays!). Sit back and sip a signature Asian-flavoured cocktail. May we suggest the Pandan Coconut Spritzer ($18)?
By Sara Lyle Bow + Pinky Chng, The Finder (Issue 291)
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