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For modern French-influenced dishes and romantic setting
Housed within the 130-year-old national monument is Chef D’Table, a modern European establishment with a dash of Asian influence. You can choose to dine within its cosy confines or go al fresco, with its rather concise menu to pick from. We recommend the creamy lobster bisque ($18) to whet your appetite, before plunging into the exquisite main course of duck fillet (expertly paired with smashed duo of potato cake and steamed vegetables, $30).
Book a table here | Address: 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes #01-29 | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
Hog’s Breath Café
For no-frills steak and seafood
If fine dining’s a little too restrictive (you just want to let loose sometimes), Hog’s Breath can be the place for a more boisterous dining experience. A hit with pre-party revelers and after-office crowds, the restaurant fits like a glove with Chijmes’ night clientele, whipping up hearty dishes such as the hickory smoked prime rib steak (seared and topped with hickory BBQ sauce on the char-grill, $32.95). Lighter dishes are also available, with the crusted salmon and mango salsa ($31.95) adored by seafood lovers.
Book a table here | Address: 30 Victoria Street, Chijmes #01-26/27 | Opening hours: Daily 1130am-1am
For a thorough eat-all-you-can experience
A stone’s throw away from the majestic Chijmes, Buffet Town reflects its offerings quite literally – a classic buffet spread for lunch and dinner ($26.80++ to $31.80++ per person for lunch, $36.80++ to $41.80++ per person for dinner). Tucked within the basement of Raffles City, the restaurant’s spacious interior allows guests to feast without feeling too cramped up. The food selection is ample – from fresh seafood like chilled prawns and freshly shucked oysters, to assorted sushi rolls and sashimi. The teppanyaki and robatayaki stations are also well received.
Book a table here |Address: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #B1-44E | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10pm
For kicking back by the poolside
Diners who want peace and quiet will be fond of the Alligator Pear, a poolside eatery offering respite from the busy streets below. In case you’re wondering, the pool is located on the eighth level of Fairmont Singapore, a hotel that’s just a short walk away from Chijmes. The club sandwich (filled with avocado, streaky bacon and fried egg, $20) is a must-try, although meat lovers can opt for the heavier 200g prime rib beef burger ($22). For sharing, we recommend the pizza de parma (topped with parma ham, mozzarella and parmesan, $22). If you’re not feeling too peckish, a quick pit stop here for a glass of Coca-Cola light would do just the trick.
Book a table here | Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Fairmont Singapore Level 8 | Opening hours: Daily: 7am-8.30pm
Salt Tapas and Bar
For an Aussie-style tapas indulgence
A traffic crossing and a couple of turns away from Chijmes, Salt Tapas and Bar has developed into a go-to place for those needing a quick tapas fix, or for someone to impress a date in Spanish-style fittings. The menu is well crafted, as can be seen from dishes such as the chargrilled quail paired with zucchini and pine nuts ($15 to $28), or the fresh Tasmanian trout sprinkled with crushed potato and broad beans ($28) - proving to be more than just an aesthetic spectacle.
Book a table here | Address: 252 North Bridge Road, Raffles City Shopping Centre #01-22A | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm; Sat 11.30am-10.30pm; Sun and public holidays 11.30am-9.30pm