But some secrets are too delicious not to share.Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay
Have you heard of the secret at Clarke Quay? About Mimi at Clarke Quay? Not “Mimi” as in the name “Mimi Rogers” or the nickname of Mariah Carey but “mì mì” as in the hanyi pinyin of 秘密 (which means secret in Mandarin). 秘密 Mimi is a new Chinese restaurant which opened in Clarke Quay in the second half of 2019. Mimi restaurant occupies the upper level of The Riverhouse, previously occupied by VLV Singapore, and offers contemporary Chinese cuisine.
The Riverhouse along Clarke Quay, built in the 1880s by a wealthy Teochew merchant, was known as “House of Ripples” or Lianyi Xuan (涟漪轩) in Chinese. An article in NLB’s Biblioasia says the three owners in 1870 of the land where Riverhouse was built included two headmen of the notorious Ghee Hok Society (also known as Ghee Hok Kongsi; 义福公司), and The Riverhouse could have been or intended to be a secret society house.
Today, the modern Chinese restaurant Mimi 秘密 (secret) is on the second level of secret society house by the Singapore River. The restaurant is run by the 1-Group which also operates Yin – a lounge and bar – and Yang – an international Asia nightclub – in The Riverhouse.
Mimi 秘密 has a stylish dining space featuring a skylight with a vaulted glass ceiling and large contemporary Chinese portraits in pop art colours on the walls.
Mimi Restaurant Menu
The menu offers dishes classified by cooking methods – braised, deep fried, steamed etc. There are dim sum items and “modern Chinese tapas” meaning small sharing plates of Chinese and local zhi char dishes presented with Instagram in mind. Items include char siew Kurobuta pork belly, roasted spring chicken flambéed in rose wine, deep-fried lychee shrimp balls and salted egg fried rice.
Below are pictures of a few pages of the a la carte menu of Mimi.
The real secret about Mimi Restaurant is that it has an affordably priced Work Week Lunch Specials menu. Available from 12 noon to 2 pm on weekdays, the lunch set comprising a main and a dessert is only $16.80 per set. Currently, there are 3 different sets available.