All-day dining at Chijmes after facelift
THE historic 160-year-old Chijmes in Victoria Street has long been buzzing at night, with its pubs and restaurants drawing crowds.
But, when the first phase of renovation works at the complex is completed next month, the new restaurants there are hoping to draw people all day long.
The move to all-day dining is a push by Chijmes' co-owner and property manager, Perennial Real Estate Holdings, which also owns 112 Katong in East Coast Road and Chinatown Point in New Bridge Road.
A spokesman for Perennial (Singapore) Retail Management said: "We have the unique opportunity to create a premier food-and-beverage destination.
"Therefore, we need to be stringent in our selection criteria and our tenants have to create the best offerings for diners.
"With an all-day dining service, we hope to draw visitors throughout the day, instead of just in the evening, to keep the place bustling."
Unlike the old Chijmes, where alfresco dining was a sweaty affair due to the lack of shelter, the revamped complex will have sheltered walkways, jet fans and coolers to ease the heat for diners.
To draw people throughout the day, there will also be cultural and art performances.
RESTAURANTS TO LOOK OUT FOR
Phase 1: Block F2 facing North Bridge Road (opening next month)
PAPRIKA & CUMIN
This eco-friendly restaurant will have a Pan-European and Mediterranean menu, which will feature herbs and spices grown in a garden at the restaurant. There will be a wine menu of more than 200 labels from around the world and an in-house sommelier.
WE COCKTAIL LOUNGE
Featuring a team of all-female mixologists, this bar is designed in a speakeasy setting and will have bespoke drinks. The four women will create classic drinks with a modern twist.
The Panorama Group, which is behind the lounge, is opening two other restaurants at Chijmes - Wings Empire and Arvo Cafe.
As its name goes, Wings Empire will serve mainly pressure-cooked Buffalo wings slathered in a choice of 17 different sauces, such as truffle and Cajun.
Coffee lovers can head over to the Arvo Cafe (Arvo is Australian slang for afternoon) and there will also be Asian-inspired all-day breakfast options, pastries and home-made cakes.
BEHIND WEST MANOR GRILL & BAR
This casual dining eatery will serve Western cuisine on a custom-made Argentinian-style grill from Arizona. The bistro will also have wines, beers and cider on tap.
Phase 2: Block F1 facing Bras Basah Road (opening in May)
This is the first Singapore restaurant for the restaurant chain, which has 296 outlets around Japan.
Diners will be able to tuck into shabu-shabu here.
Reins International, which is opening the restaurant, will also reopen its Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant.
The three-time winner of the Ultimate Ramen Champion title in Singapore will open an outlet. It is best known for Hakata-style thin, springy noodles, smooth pure-pork broth and ajitama (flavoured egg).
This returning tenant, which set up its first flagship restaurant in Chijmes in 1996, has sushi and teppanyaki on the menu. In between lunch and dinner, it will offer beer and snacks.