Chijmes is a cloistered F&B oasis in the heart of the city of Singapore. The former location of the Convent of the Holy Infant Jesus had embarked on a $45 million makeover earlier this year following a change in ownership. It appears that most of the ground level renovations have been completed with a bit of work still happening at the basement level. We recently checked out the restaurants and food outlets at Chijmes that were ready.
The central lawn and alfresco dining areas look like they have been refreshed but the layout seems largely unchanged. The round structure of Prive Cafe stands out as being particularly distinctive and should look stunning at night. The adjoining dining areas you see above are the alfresco sections of Mexican restaurant El Mero Mero and Oyster Bar and Dining Wharf.
Just behind these restaurants is a long building which houses the restaurants Here & There, Harry’s, Paprika & Cumin, Dimbulah Coffee.
Here & There (a Kushiyaki bar that serves small bite dishes)
El Mero Mero
El Mero Mero(which means ‘the go-to guy’ in Mexican lingo) offers contemporary Mexican cuisine, and a selection of tequilas, mezcales, Hispanic wines, as well as a wide variety of cocktails.
Paprika & Cumin
Named after popular spices found in Mediterranean cuisine, the Bistro serves healthy, mostly grilled foods with fresh greens and fruits.
Orientation-wise, the building that houses the above-mentioned outlets runs parallel to North Bridge Road. Running perpendicular to that and parallel to Bras Basah Road, is another long block which now houses Toast Box and a few Japanese restaurants.
(see our post on Shirokiya – Japanese dining for health and beauty?) – Japanese izakaya chain of restaurants focuses on serving food made with soken-ryori, whichessentially uses traditional Japanese ingredients like shio-koji, or salted rice malt.
Tonzaemon Tonkatsu and Sake Bar by Ma Maison
On-Yasai Shabu Shabu serves a shabu shabu buffet at $39.90 per person.
Lei Garden Restaurant occupies a building by itself
Read our review of Lei Garden here.
Read our review of Coriander Leaf here.
It looks like the old jewel in our F&B scene is getting a well-deserved polish. We can’t wait to see the whole place sparkle again when all the works are complete. Do check back once in a while as we will be updating this page whenever we get a chance to visit the restaurants and food outlets at Chijmes.
30 Victoria Street
Nearby Stations : City Hall, Bras Basah