Offering their diners Teochew signature flavours, Jumbo Group's newly-opened Zui Yu Xuan Teochew Cuisine is housed within a two-storey heritage building located in the historic Far East Square precinct.
Within this elegant oriental space, refined, authentic Teochew fare is presented: from signatures such as Deep Fried Liver Rolls and Wok Fried ‘Kway Teow’ with Diced ‘Kai Lan’and Preserved Radish, to Teochew Oyster Omelette ‘Gooey Style’ and Teochew ‘Puning’ Fermented Bean Chicken. Meticulously and skilfully prepared, using only the freshest quality ingredients, each dish pays homage to the finer points of Teochew cuisine.
Introducing Chuan Hung - history and flavour in a bowl.
The newly-opened Chuan Hung at Telok Ayer has a name that is beautifully straightforward belying the respect, thought and care that was put into it, much like its offerings. Chuan Hung or ‘Sichuan Alley’ focuses wholeheartedly on one particular Sichuan ingredient known as Mian Yang rice noodles. At Chuan Hung, these noodles are served the way they have always been for millenia: with a choice of different broths, and a variety of toppings such as braised beef and pig intestines.
These noodles have been a part of the Chinese culinary lexicon for as long as the Chinese food historians can remember. Named after their city of origin – Mian Yang the second-biggest city in Sichuan, these thin slippery rice noodles hold a special place in the hearts of Chinese food lovers, particularly the Sichuanese who eat it all year-round, breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Chuan Hung’s rice noodles are specially sourced from one particular artisan who lives in a village deep in Sichuan.
Research for months into about 50 different Sichuan noodle shops led the Chuan Hung team to understand that only one particular shop sold the exact type and style of Mian Yang noodles that they wanted to present to Singaporeans – but it took close to a year and dozens of personal trips to the shop in sincere appeal before the owners finally softened and agreed to speak to them.
It took even longer to research and try the different noodles the artisan made: every detail was examined, down to the gauge of the noodles in millimetres. The noodles now served in Chuan Hung are customised for the noodle house, and found nowhere else in Singapore or South East Asia.
The noodles may be ordered with the clear or red soups as well as the uniquely Sichuan mix of red and clear. Chuan Hung also offers a third broth option: a deceptively clear soup that is piquantly infused with Sichuan vine pepper; as well as a dry-tossed version.
Those with bigger appetites can feel free to order “add-ons” as extra toppings for the noodles, and a curated selection of small plates – archetypal Sichuan sides such as Fried Crispy Pig Intestines and Braised Eggplant – as accompaniments.
Preparation for Chuan Hung’s menu items are often more complex than they seem, and made with a considered selection of spices and herbs. For example, the pig intestines were braised in a rich liquid that includes star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, Sichuan peppers and peppercorns amongst others.
This grand effort is also put into other details of the menu and the restaurant – from the kitchen team of Sichuanese chefs that are then trained for a year to ensure the flavours are ‘correct’; to hand- grinding the glutinous rice for making the smooth housemade Liang Gao being served for dessert; to the flavourful special drinks made from scratch; right down to the debossed ends of the customised wooden chopsticks.
The interiors of Chuan Hung is deserving of attention from the diner as well. Located in a side alley just off the far busier main street in much the same way that noodle shops in China have been set up for years, Chuan Hung is a little haven of gently coloured wood, bamboo furnishings and warm lighting. The small space of half-a-dozen tables – bustling when full, and tranquil when quiet – is inspired by the aforementioned noodle shops though elevated with thoughtful design details to ensure comfort for the guest even at the busiest of times.
An all-day dining venue situated at the crossroads of Telok Ayer district, 51 Soho lends itself perfectly as a space for both work and play. Their offerings evolve through the hours, and reflects their human-oriented approach.
In short, 51 Soho encompasses all that is needed in a day for work and play.
An airy light-filled space framed by alfresco-facing ceiling-high windows facing the hustle and bustle of 51 Soho's central downtown location; a stylish full-fledged coffee and cocktail bar full of character in both its form and beverages; thoughtful menus that progress to support hour-to-hour culinary requirements; and that modern-day essential, complimentary high-speed wifi – these are the foundation for the new heart of this vibrant neighbourhood.
51 Soho is designed to foster a social experience. The goal is that you feel that you’ve found the place and the people that you’ve always been searching for.
Natural materials such as brick and wood dominate the interiors vis-à-vis the walls, the bar and the furniture; black steel panels add an urban edge. Up-close observation reveals a delightful and highly Instagram-mable surprise: the patterns alternate between geometrical inspirations to charming cut-outs of birds, teapots and cups.
At 51 Soho, whether you need a quick lunch alone or to entertain a 10-person group of drinkers, the space and staff are quick to respond to your needs.
Breakfast, lunch, dinner and all the hours in between: the menus of 51 Soho seamlessly meets the ever-changing culinary requirements you might have in a day.
Breakfast options are easy and delicious. The Breakfast Overnight Oats ($9.90) rich with berries and other seasonal fruits or a fresh-baked Croissant with Ham and Cheese and Scrambled Eggs ($10.90) satisfy a lighter appetite whilst those who believe in eating like an emperor in the mornings would be delighted with options like the Big Breakfast, ($14.90) a platter which includes sausage, hash browns, pan-fried tomatoes, sunny side-ups and an English muffin with marmalade.
Lunch at 51 Soho is a study in how to elevate the one-bowl meals. Fulfilling the community’s needs for speed, taste and wholesome nutrition, a vast plethora of carefully prepared options – protein and carbohydrate, toppings and add-ons – allow for creative customisation of the meal according to individual constitution and needs.
51 Soho’s dinner menu is a development of the motif tying the breakfast and lunch menus – the familiar is elevated with premium ingredients, thoughtful preparation, and a witty, tongue-in-cheek hat-tip to local culinary preferences.
The golden sunlight that gilds the custom-built bar running almost the entire length of the space brings out yet another fact of 51 Soho. Drinkers will find their attention especially commandeered by the cocktails.
A beautiful list of classics, with a twist, is available but it’s the five 51 Soho Specials that will linger in the memory. Original recipes one and all, the Specials are nonetheless rooted in meticulous research and development. Resounding especially strongly was the history of punch drinks and shooters (or shots) – their celebratory nature; the flexibility of the basic recipes; and the stories – apocryphal or not! – that surround them. In fact, both Difford’s and Vice notes that historically, punch was the drink of choice for high society.
The 51 Soho Specials are a contemporary materialisation of cross-cultural references. Chinese rice wine, plum wine and bamboo wine form the base of the Specials. These, each with its own centuries-old heritage and character, have long since been lost to the serious drinker.
Online lingerie retailer, Perk by Kate, has opened their multi-label lingerie studio at 134A Telok Ayer Street.
Perk by Kate was conceived in 2012 by Kate Low, a digital marketing professional who spent a good part of her youth honing her skills in both the technology and luxury fashion retail industries. She often spends on lingerie but not on clothing, and often laments the lack of lingerie choices out there, which are either too expensive or too impractical. With her never-try-never-know attitude, Kate started perk by kate from home, and first retailed small-scale lingerie brands from the US and UK, the most notable of which were Eberjey and Honeydew Intimates.
Another exciting soon-to-open establishment by Coterie Concepts; Eliza is a Modern Asian Bar & Cocktail Club at Telok Ayer Street, offering live Pop Jazz & energetic DJ sets while serving Shanghai dishes.
So, who is Eliza?
Eliza is the daughter of a very powerful man. She once turned her back on the family in pursuit of freedom, fashion & jazz. Now, in an unexpected bid to snag her share of the family’s business from her stepmother, Mona (better known as Sum Yi Tai), Eliza has returned.
Watch their Facebook page for news on when Eliza's inaugural party will be.
Telok Ayer Arts Club, a new multi-concept venue by The Supermarket Company, is now open at 2 McCallum Street in Singapore’s bustling Central Business District - at the crossroads of cultural, business and dining communes. Positioned as a fresh take on the beloved community centres of Singapore’s heartlands, it is a space for everyone that brings together art, music, food and drink in new and accessible ways.
Curators Anmari Van Nieuwenhove and Kamiliah Bahdar will invite local and regional artists to fill the space with multidisciplinary works and performances designed to jolt white-collar senses from their everyday routine. Music director Hasnor Sidik aims to overturn notions of work and play with tongue-in-cheek concepts like “Office Hours” and “Kelab Malam”, a club night in the CBD.
Head Chef Betram Leong brings his rendition of French Mediterranean cuisine, flecked with rustic, comforting and occasionally Asian flavours to an all-day dining menu. Beverage manager Din Hassan takes the best of Southeast Asian flavours and distils it into a concise but clever menu of reinvented classics and regional favourites, with a day drinking happy hour programme.
Bringing it all together is The Supermarket Company founder Sue-Shan Quek, a hospitality maven with a portfolio of well-loved cultural-culinary concepts and a penchant for art and design. Through creative residences and events helmed by multidisciplinary artists, themed club nights and more rule-bending programming, they hope to shape the way Singaporeans approach the arts.
At the corner of Telok Ayer Street and Cross Street, you will find Bakery & Bar.
Bakery, cafe and bar all-in-one, serving freshly baked bread, rustic favourites and tapas from around the world, house blend coffees, salads and smoothies by day, turning into a bar and ‘Gin & Fizz club’ every evening.
On the 4th Aug 2011, the people behind Bakery & Bar baked their first batches of muffins on the ground floor of a little yellow shophouse at 112 Telok Ayer Street, that they aptly named the Muffinry. After 6 years in business and with a loyal clientele enjoying their baked treats but requesting a bit more, they decided to expand they offerings...
... and so at the end of 2017 they re-branded as Bakery & Bar.
Today, in addition to their extensive range of sweet treats – muffins, tarts, cakes, scones, homemade granola and cookies, they offer savoury breakfast, lunch and dinner items – pies, quiches, salads, sandwiches, cold cuts and delicious desserts. All their products, including the Turkish pide (flat bread) they serve they sandwiches on, are proudly baked from scratch on-site to their own unique recipes. Their bakery also offers a growing range of loaves to take away – baguettes, pide, rye bread, sourdough, and more.
Their drinks menu, which has always featured signature blend teas, coffees and smoothies, now also includes wines from Marlborough region (NZ), prosecco from Veneto region (Italy), gins from around the world, and a range of award-winning European and Asian craft beers to take you into the night.
And don’t be fooled by the narrow ground floor that’s typical to Telok Ayer Street’s shophouses... they have 50 more seats upstairs! Their second and mezzanine floors offer a welcome hideaway amidst the bustle of the CBD. This space – which regularly hosts corporate events and private parties – is cheerful and filled with natural light by day, transforming to a more mellow, chilled vibe as the sun sets – the perfect spot to unwind and swap stories of the day before heading home.
13% Gastro Wine has officially opened its third venue at 123A Telok Ayer Street. Originally established in 2015, the 13% Gastro Wine brand is renowned for great wines and gourmet food in the warmest of atmospheres at their Killiney Road and Aliwal Street outlets. Started by friends for friends, the 13% Gastro Wine team now look forward to welcoming you at 123A Telok Ayer Street!
Just a short walk from Telok Ayer and Raffles Place MRT stations, 13% Gastro Wine Telok Ayer is located on the second floor hidden from the hustle and bustle of the CBD. This familiar tucked-away position allows a sense of intimacy and cosiness as soon as you walk through the door.
Suitable for all occasions, 13% Gastro Wine Telok Ayer is the perfect place for casual lunch, business meetings or after-work drinks and dinner.
13% Gastro Wine Telok Ayer serves a menu designed by award-winning chef Geoffrey Weckx and features delicious, gourmet European food with a focus on fresh produce and high-quality homemade dishes. Charcuterie such as our rillettes and condiments are made in-house to ensure the most authentic of European flavours. 13% Gastro Wine Telok Ayer will be open for lunch and dinner service. Lunch specials include a selection of gourmet sandwiches, steak frites, grilled spring chicken and burgers.
Should you desire a glass of wine (or two!) our extensive wine list has been carefully curated by in-house wine connoisseur, Bruno Vaillant. In addition to wine available by the glass, you can purchase a bottle of your favourite to bring home and enjoy!
13% Gastro Wine at Telok Ayer comfortably seats 48 or 60 people standing. The venue will also host events such as wine masterclasses. 13% Gastro Wine Telok Ayer is also available to hire for private and corporate functions.
13% Gastro Wine looks forward to welcoming you with warm personalised service, top-quality wines and delicious food at all three outlets.
Trust Yoga centre plans to share their best yoga knowledge with all, regardless of gender, age, religion, and nationality. Their sharing comprises Yogic science, asana, pranayama & kriya practices and meditation.
Trust Yoga provides back-bend classes with guidance to ensure back-bending is balanced with no additional taxing to any part causing compression. Practice with them to learn the right technique to deepen your backbend.
MOJO is a duo-concept food establishment in the heart of the CBD at Telok Ayer Street. Where you get high-protein and low-carb bowls by day; then Yakitori, Tapas and Soju/Sake/Beer bar by Night.
From their drink list; we see cocktails named Gomashio (Japanese Cucumber, Sake, Black & White Sesame), Niwatoko-Ume (Elderflower Essence, Umeshu, Campari), Dark & Stormy (Fresh Young Japanese Ginger, Lime Juice, Gosling’s Dark Rum, Soda) and more. They also carry an impressive range of 13 sakes, two are which are sparkling ones in Peach and Yuzu.
Shop Wonderland is an uber cool concept joint comprising of a cafe and floral studio. They have recently shifted from Haji Lane to Telok Ayer.
The people behind Shop Wonderland is Wonderland for Detailed Planners which was founded in year 2010 and has grown from strength to strength - from being the sole Tiffany chair provider with the largest volume and variety of colours in Singapore, to introducing the concept of aesthetic styling at weddings and events, and now operating Shop Wonderland which is their flagship store.
Today, the sole focus is to continually drive the vision for good aesthetics through Shop Wonderland, which has become a one-of-kind destination for those seeking a floral and botanical-inspired space.
Drawing inspiration from the worlds of international florists and event stylists, they strive to create a beautiful environment where their customers can spend their day in a space that fuels their passion for florals and aesthetics.