“You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone”. These lyrics from Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell sum up our sentiments when we learn of the closing of Robinsons. Of all the Robinsons outlets in Singapore, we have the most memories with Robinsons Heeren. Not because of shopping but we seem to have eaten there a fair bit. Here are some of our memories associated with the restaurants at Robinsons Heeren (past and present).
Robinsons mean different things to different people. To us it is one of the best places to go shopping for almost everything we need. Clothes, household equipment and vitamin pills. It is the place to go when we don’t have anything specific in mind. Browsing is part of the fun. Some have said that Robinsons should have changed with the times. We are not sure about that. Perhaps they could have had more success as an e-commerce portal, but we won’t be singing Joni Mitchell songs about them.
Restaurants at Robinsons Heeren (Present and Past)
翠華 Tsui Wah Orchard – HK Cafe
We had lunch at Tsui Wah Orchard in the Heeren earlier this year and found out what the hype was all about. The popular tea restaurant or cha charn teng from Hong Kong had teamed up with the Jumbo Group to expand to Singapore. Read more.
Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House
Tucked away in a corner on the third floor of the Robinson’s department store at the Heeren is the second outlet of Luke’s Oyster Bar and Chop House. With the nondescript entrance in the middle of the ladies wear department, it was not easy to see the restaurant. Yet the place was almost packed when we were there on a Saturday afternoon. Read more.
餃子屋 Gyoza Ya
Gyoza Ya is a Japanese restaurant in the basement level of Robinson Orchard at The Hereen. Their specialty is gyoza but jya jya men is also one of their signature items. It is a casual open concept diner and a nice comfortable place to have a simple Japanese meal in between shopping in Orchard Road. Read more.
Angela May Food Chapters (Closed)
American-Thai Culinary Host and TV Presenter Angela May opened a restaurant named Angela May Food Chapters at Robinsons The Hereen. It offered food which reflects her Western and Asian influences. Like Angela May, who is also a model and actress, Angela May Food Chapters was easy on the eye. We were sad when it closed. Read more.
Hideout by The Local Box at The Hereen (Closed)
Hideout by The Local Box opened in 2018 in the basement level of Robinsons Heeren. It served local food and beverages. Items on its menu included chee cheong fun and soon kueh as well as local dishes like nasi lemak, kong bak baos and laksa. Read more.
Laurent’s Cafe (closed)
In the early days of Robsinsons at the Heeren, there were Laurent’s and a Mark & Spencer Food Hall at the basement level of Robinsons Heeren. They were convenient places to take a break in between shopping at Robinsons at Orchard Road.
We will miss the sale worth waiting for. And the friendly ladies who seem to be able to locate anything in the store.
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