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 17 CHIJMES food places you can dine at when you’re in the area.
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Among the ranks of famous cafes within CHIJMES is the bakery-cafe 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 8:30am 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 you love the aroma of truffles, go for the delectable Truffle Fries ($14++).
Check out our Almost Famous review!
Unit Number: #01-06
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 5pm to 10:30pm, Sat 2pm to 10:30pm, Sun 2pm to 10pm
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 ($7.90++), 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 ($12.90++) with their indulgent Dairy-Free Gelatos (from $5.90++). For refreshing citrus flavours, they also sell a slice of Yuzu Cake at $8.90++.
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.
Check out our Konjiki Hottogisu review!
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.
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 Braised Beef Brisket ($19++), where beef, kimchi and daikon slaw are wrapped in a fluffy steamed bun.
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 ($17++) that comes with quail eggs, fishcakes, and sotong inside a creamy broth. As your palette warms up to the spices, try their Classic Grass-Fed Beef Burger ($25++), which is served with double beef patties, lettuce, tomatoes, garlic mayonnaise, fries, and mesclun.
Unit Number: #01-33
Opening hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am to 10:30pm, Fri 11:30am to 11pm, Sat 10:30am to 11pm, 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 Wagyu Don ($35++), 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 (from $3++ 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.
9. Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant
Gyu Kaku offers barbecue buffet sets including the Australia Wagyu Buffet ($66.80++) 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 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Wed-Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 10pm
Tel: 6333 4001
Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ Restaurant is not a halal-certified eatery.
10. 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 Kurobuta Katsu Set ($31.80++), 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 Lunch Menu ($88++) features the use of Hinomoto pork, which is prized for its tenderness and rich flavours. Their Dinner Menu ($168++), meanwhile, features decadent mains such as Omi Wagyu or guinea fowl.
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 for live sports matches. For 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.
13. Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar
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For some stellar Indian food, try the fare at Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar. You’ll find iconic dishes such as the Chicken Tikka ($20++) here, with juicy chicken pieces marinated in yoghurt and spices, and grilled in tandoor. Their Railway Mutton Curry ($24) is a great pick as well, especially with its rich flavours that are said to be highly authentic.
Unit Number: #01-13
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6873 2750
Anglo Indian Cafe & Bar is not a halal-certified eatery.
14. Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria
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Brazilian steakhouses are a rare sight in Singapore, so if you’re interested in trying some rotisserie-grilled meats from the South American country, head on down to Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria. Their buffet will set you back $69++ from Sunday to Thursday, and $79++ on Fridays and Saturdays. You’ll be treated to succulent meat cuts such as beef rumps and pork jowls, all grilled to perfection using traditional Brazilian methods.
Unit Number: #01-32
Opening hours: Daily 6pm to 11pm
Tel: 6334 9332
Carnivore Brazilian Churrascaria is not a halal-certified eatery.
15. Hakata Ikkousha Ramen
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Ikkousha’s Hakata ramen is a must-have for any fan of the Japanese noodle dish. Try the Tonkotsu Special ($17++), which boasts a full-bodied pork bone broth and four massive slices of pork cha shu. Those who are looking for a spicier kick should go for the JRPG-sounding God Fire ($14.50++)—this bowl of rich tonkotsu ramen will excite you with its piquant flavours.
Unit Number: #F1-07
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 9:30pm
Tel: 6338 8460
Hakata Ikkousha Ramen is not a halal-certified eatery.
16. Señor Taco Chijmes
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At Señor Taco, you can enjoy delectable tacos with your friends while soaking in the fabled CHJIMES atmosphere. Two tacos in particular stand out: the Baja Fish Taco (from $9++), which features tempura toothfish alongside pico de gallo, pickled shallots, and chipotle mayo; and the Crunchy Wagyu Beef (from $11++), which has a Wagyu Kiriotoshi cut enhanced by burnt cheese, avocado, and molcajete sauce.
Unit Number: #01-19
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 5pm to 11pm, Wed 5pm to 12am, Thurs 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 12am, Fri 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 1am, Sat 11:30am to 1am, Sun 11:30am to 11:30pm
Tel: 8289 7860
Señor Taco Chijmes is not a halal-certified eatery.
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By day, Tatsu is a no-frills Japanese restaurant, serving up sushi and tempura sets. By night, however, it transforms into a teppanyaki place, serving up sizzling cuts of meat and seafood alongside luxurious sushi. The Tatsu Dinner Course ($68++) is a great experience—you’ll get king prawns, salmon, beef, and various other ingredients that are grilled to perfection.
Unit Number: #01-08
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2:30pm, 6pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6332 5868
Tatsu is not a halal-certified eatery.
Where to eat in CHJIMES
We have curated 17 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.