CHIJMES food gems
Located in City Hall, CHIJMES derived its iconic status from having an idyllic setting, clocking over 160 years of history, and housing belly rubbing-worthy restaurants. If you find yourself overwhelmed by the multitude of food options there, here is our guide to 13 CHIJMES food places to dine at when you’re in the area.
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Joining the ranks of famous cafes within CHIJMES is a new bakery-cafe named Dough. Another venture by owners of Glyph Supply Co, the cafe features a modern and posh interior. For mains, they have Flavours of Shrooms ($22), which laces handmade pasta with mushrooms and black garlic. The place is particularly known for their bread and bakes, which includes the likes of Matcha Mochi ($5), a brioche bun that is laden with soft rice cake.
Unit Number: #01-30
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 10am to 6pm
Dough is not a halal-certified eatery.
2. The Glasshouse
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The floor-to-ceiling windows of The Glasshouse allow natural lighting to flood in, and when combined with the multiple potted plants, the ambience does live up to its name. Behind the glass windows is a nursery of brunch classics such as Classic Salmon Toast ($15), where sourdough is topped with umami-rich smoked salmon. For the more adventurous, try their Bo Ssam Pulled Pork Burger ($16), which is a combination of kimchi and tender pulled pork.
Unit Number: #01-03
Opening hours: Daily 8am to 9pm
Tel: 6900 3237
The Glasshouse is not a halal-certified eatery.
3. Almost Famous
Almost Famous at CHIJMES has a minimalist concept that not only applies to the interior but the menu as well. Along with craft beer, they serve a range of unique bar bites. For a spicy kick, try their Tom Yum Gyoza ($10+), which comes atop a bed of creamy tom yum sauce. If regular truffle fries aren’t atas enough for you, they have Luxury Fries ($16+), which are regular truffle fries that come with a side of caviar.
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Unit Number: #01-06
Opening hours: Daily 3pm to 12am
Almost Famous is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Hvala at CHIJMES transports you right into a traditional Japanese tea house with its tatami seats and calligraphy paintings around the shop. Try their Chaffogato ($7.80+), which puts a twist on the coffee-based dessert with matcha instead. They are also known for their vegan-friendly menu, where you can pair their crispy Dairy-Free Waffles ($11.80+) with their indulgent Dairy-Free Gelatos (from $5.80+). For refreshing citrus flavours, they also sell a slice of Yuzu Cake at $8.80+.
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 9:30pm
Hvala is not a halal-certified eatery.
5. Konjiki Hototogisu
Having been awarded a Michelin star, Konjiki Hototogisu stays accessible with their relatively cheap prices in CHIJMES. Their Shoyu Hamaguri Soup Ramen ($14.90++) is garnished with truffle paste and porcini mushrooms, creating a broth laden with umami. For a spicy kick, they have Tonkotsu Spicy ($14.90++), which is flavoured by spicy minced meat and beans to achieve an almost throat-burning kick.
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Unit Number: #01-17
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm, Sat, Sun 11:30am to 10pm
Tel: 6256 3155
Konjiki Hototogisu Ramen is not a halal-certified eatery.
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6. Coriander Leaf
Named after a divisive garnish, Coriander Leaf features a largely gluten-free and vegetarian menu with a diversity of flavours labelled ‘Fresh’, ‘Familiar’, ‘Spicy’, ‘Umami’, and ‘Sweet’. A must-try is their Soft Shell Crab ($19++), which is dressed in the Singaporean’s favourite salted duck egg yolk sauce, where the creamy and spicy sauce brings out the sweetness of the crab.
Unit Number: #02-01
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm, Sat 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6837 0142
Coriander Leaf is not a halal-certified eatery.
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Privé creates a beautiful and serene ambience with its al fresco dining area, fairy lights, and lush greenery. With a relaxing environment to try out their diverse palette of food, start from our local classic, a fiery Singapore Seafood Laksa ($16++) that comes with quail eggs, fishcakes, and sotong inside a creamy broth. As your palette warms up to the spices, try their Cajun Chicken Burger ($22++), which is served with a cajun-marinated chicken thigh, jalapeno cheese, and mesclun.
Unit Number: #01-33
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 10:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6776 0777
Privé is not a halal-certified eatery.
8. The Modern Izakaya
You can’t go wrong with The Modern Izakaya’s classic Beef Don ($18++), which features generous slices of tender wagyu beef. If you prefer chicken, they have Tori Teriyaki Don ($15++) that comes with a substantial slab of smoky chicken flavoured, with sweet and savoury teriyaki sauce. There are also skewers ($4++ per stick) that are grilled over white charcoal from ubame oak, giving it a unique smoky aroma.
Unit Number: #01-18
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6255 2838
The Modern Izakaya is not a halal-certified eatery.
IndoChine derived its name from the Indochina region, which explains the influences of its dishes. They offer zhng-ed up bowls of Vietnamese staples, befitting the upscale vibes of CHIJMES. Try a classic pho with their Vietnamese Beef Noodle Soup ($14++), where you can top up to $18++ for wagyu beef. End off your meal with a unique Lemongrass Crème Brûlée ($14++) that combines the freshness of lemongrass with a rich and custardy crème brûlée.
Unit number: #01-21/22
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 3pm to 11pm, Fri-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6332 1595
Indochine is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant
Having various barbecue buffet sets, Gyu Kaku offers a Weekday Standard Buffet ($58.80++) that includes Australian Wagyu Brisket and Australian Wagyu Chuck. Among over 70 other items, the standard buffet also has Aburi Prawns and Lamb Rack Chop. If you are here for a quick lunch, they have value-for-money weekday lunch sets for Negi Shio Pork ($14.80++) and more.
Unit number: #01-01/02
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 11pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 11pm
Tel: 6333 4001
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
11. Tonkatsu by Ma Maison
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With 25 branches across Japan and Singapore, Tonkatsu by Ma Maison brings their atas Japanese chicken cutlet sets to visitors of CHIJMES. Try their Miso Rosu Katsu Set ($23.80++) that not only comes with their thick-cut fried tonkatsu covered in miso sauce, but also with free-flow salad and soup. To level up your dish, they have a Tonkusen Kurobuta Rosu Katsu Set ($33.80++), which uses the more tender black pork to further elevate your tonkatsu experience.
Unit Number: #01-09
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 6338 5907
Tonkatsu by Ma Maison is not a halal-certified eatery.
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For French-Japanese fusion food in a beautiful ambience, Whitegrass has seasonal omakase menus curated by head chef Takuya Yamashita. Their Spring Lunch Executive Menu ($68++) features the use of Shirobuta pork, which is prized for its tenderness and rich flavours. There is also a Creation Menu ($138++), which comes with Maple Leaf Duck—made from a specific species of farm-raised ducks, raised with extra care to be more tender, rich, and flavorful than regular ones.
Unit Number: #01-26/27
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6837 0402
Whitegrass is not a halal-certified eatery.
Harry’s offers a wide range of bar bites and snacks, and used to be a popular hangout when live sports matches were still a thing. For a sharing, they have Harry’s 7 Platter ($39++), which comes with signature wings, fried octopus, tandoori chicken, edamame, otah toasties, and spicy chicken sausage. For those still feeling peckish, go for their Mushroom & Truffle Pizza ($24++), with the aromatic duo of mushrooms atop a savoury crust.
Unit Number: #01-14
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 10:30pm
Tel: 6337 0618
Harry’s is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat in CHJIMES
We have curated 13 places in CHJIMES so you can narrow down your choices during your visit. For more food options around the area, check out our Tuxedo Cafe & Patisserie review, for matcha lava buns, chicken pies and more. Otherwise, check out our 15 Stamford review for free-flow foie gras, wagyu beef and more.
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