The historical Capitol Theatre has re-opened, and the new mall Capitol Piazza which is connected directly to City Hall MRT station will be home to many restaurants, cafes and eating spots.
What’s good: New to Singapore, and new-to-market brands. Famous overseas outlets of Angelina Paris, Four Seasons from Baywater London and Taiwan’s Dazzling Café, along with modern Italian restaurant Equilibrium, Breadtalk-owned 1933 and Japanese bar Zaku look set to appeal to foodies.
The challenges. With other high end and new malls such as Scotts Square and Orchard Gateway having a less than lustre performance, the question is: Does Singapore need another high end mall?
#01-82, Capitol Galleria, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Tel: +65 63840481
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
Famous fashion icon Coco Chanel always dined there – the Parisian tearoom. Now that Angelina is finally coming to Singapore, look out for their two signature items: the Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate “L’Africain”, and Mont Blanc.
The hot chocolate made with three different kinds of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoir could blow the minds off chocolate lovers. Warning, it is stupendously rich. The icon Mont Blanc has a different recipe from the usual, combining chest paste vermicelli, with light whipped cream and a layer of meringue at the bottom. (Read: Angelina Singapore)
Dazzling Café Singapore
15 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178906
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 12pm to 8pm
Despite the hype, Dazzling Café dazzled for their toasts, but razzled out for the savouries. The appeal of Dazzling had to be the décor, and hospitable plus cutesy Taiwanese-style service, where waitresses dressed as Japanese-style French chambermaids serve the signature thick toasts in prettiness.
We hear varied comments – the toasts were pretty, the waffles were okay, and the pastas flat-tasting. (Read: Dazzling Café Singapore)
Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant
Capitol Piazza #02-27/28/29, 13 Stamford Road Singapore 178905
Tel: +65 67021838
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm
THAT Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant famous for their roast duck, with some reviews saying it is “the best roast duck in the world” has opened in Singapore – the 4th city after London, Shanghai and Bangkok. A Four Season Roasted Duck would cost a premium price of $68 for a whole ($36 for half and $22 for portion) in Singapore, hardly cheap at all.
The Roast Duck did have a delectable sauce, seemingly a mixture of soy sauce, sweetener, herbs and spices. Some parts of the duck meat were tougher than expected, and there wasn’t a crisp golden outer skin as claimed to be. Underwhelming. (Read Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant)
The Rösti Farm
Capitol Piazza 13 Stamford Road #02-31, Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Soft launch phase)
Anyone remembers Once Upon A Rösti? They are now The Rosti Farm where rosti takes centre-stage here, appearing in main courses such as 100% Angus Beef & Maple Bacon Bombs with Single Rosti ($18, with Double Rosti $3 extra), The Happy Weekender ($20) where you get German bratwurst infused with real beer, sautéed mushroom, grilled pineapple and an overeasy egg, Mermaid’s Seafood Platter ($16) and Sir All Day Breakfast ($14). Food tended to be on the salty side, and needed some refinements.
A joint concept with Once Upon a Milkshake and Teuscher Chocolates (Read: The Rosti Farm)
Capitol Piazza #B2-54, 13 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 67021181
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm
This family-owned Vietnamese restaurant had its origins from Paris. The Vietnam-born Chinese family moved to Paris during the 70s to find safety during times of war, and subsequently started Pho Tai in the city of romance. The signature items include Beef Steak Slices and Combination Pho ($9.90), Steamed Rice Pancake Rolls ‘Banh Cuon’ ($7.80), Fresh Spring Rolls ($4.80). Marinated Beef Vermicelli ‘Bo Bun’ ($12.80), Red beans with Coconut Milk ($6.00) and Banana and Coconut Milk ($4.30).
While Pho Tai may not be as polished, we liked it homely style offerings and I can safely say, they offer one my favourite pho in Singapore. (Read: Pho Tai)
Tel: +65 6702 1835
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm
The latest concept of Spizza is Spizza Mercato at Capitol Piazza, where ‘mercato’ stands for market to reflect its retail section. Therefore other than the casual dining area, there is an rea dedicated to takeaways and retail purchases.
For busy executives, you can grab their packaged takeaway items such as salads and pastas off the shelves, as well as purchase soups, sauces, fresh pasta and olive oil that are actually used in their kitchens. The pizza was the usual standard, though starters were a let-down. (Read: Spizza Mercato)
Capitol Piazza 15 Stamford Road, #01-83, Singapore 178906
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Opened by the BreadTalk group, 1933 serves local favourites in a Western setting, offering such as Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice and Nanyang Curry Chicken in a bread bowl. (Read: 1933 Singapore Capitol Piazza)
13 Stamford Road Capitol Piazza NEUE #B1-20/27 Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 3359
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm Daily
Another food court concept by the BreadTalk Group. You would like to think of this as Food Republic 2.0. Some of the stalls there include Ah Koong Restaurant, 28-year-old noodle joint from Johor Bahru famous for its handmade fishballs, Hok Kee, Balestier Bak Kut Teh, Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, Yong Xin Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles, IndoChili and 90 Gastro Bar. Prices are not cheap though. (Read: Palette)
Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacaro & Ristorante
Set up by the team behind Supply & Demand, there is a certain standard especially in terms of aesthetics and plating. Their dessert menu is fairly interesting, and be expected to try out some novel items such as a Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14) – homemade almond milk panna cotta with blood orange granite.
Tel: +65 63841020
Modern Korean restaurant, specialising in health porridges and desserts. Well. I see. The free flow kimchi was fab, though food wise was kind of average.
Other restaurants and cafes:
Bounce Smoothie Bar, Casa Italia Hoshino Coffee, Kaiserhaus, llao llao, Ma Maison, Tap Craft Beer Bar, Teuscher Chocolates, Zaku
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