Just as el mero mero is Mexican slang for “the main man” or “the go-to guy”, so is El Mero Mero the restaurant the go-to place for Mexican gastronomy.
Five years after it first opened its doors, the restaurant has reinvigorated its mission of being the venue that sets the bar for Mexican hospitality. El Mero Mero at Chijmes brings to life the vital energy of Mexican culinary culture in all its allure and complexity, and this refreshed energy is manifested throughout all El Mero Mero.
The space has been refurbished with care for a renewed impression. Soft ivory walls, marble tables and lush green plants frame the open- plan kitchen where chefs work together in plain sight, their precise movements drawing the eye to what guests will shortly be dining on. The counter seating offers up-close kitchen- side dining that will illuminate different facets of Mexican food and transform your understanding of Mexican dining. This attention to detail and deep understanding of presentation permeates the new menu, which is designed to reflect both Mexican culinary history and its dynamic modern foodscape.
Consider El Mero Mero’s range of botanas or Mexican small plates such as the classic Baja Fish, elevated, and the Corn Sampler, a dish that plays with different flavours to offer a new perspective on corn; the selection of cocktails based on mezcal including the eponymous El Mero Mero that uses orange-infused mezcal for a subtly smoky, and refreshing long drink.
El Mero Mero’s new menu showcases traditional flavour combinations, and also demonstrates the current Mexican culinary trends. As representative of a cuisine that has so much more to offer, beyond the tacos and burritos that Singaporeans are familiar with: El Mero Mero hopes to open our eyes, minds, and palates to the power of Mexican gastronomy and hospitality.
Thus, while remaining faithful to old mores, the new menu is modern and global, executed with finesse and sophistication. These are some of its highlights.
For classics with spirit and soul, look no further than their El Taco. With crispy tooth fish tempura and juicy salsa, their Baja Fish tacos are a celebration of classic Mexican flavours and an explosion of textures. The Wagyu Volcan’s combination of charred cheese, Australian wagyu beef and molcajete (mortar & pestle) sauce of tomatoes, jalapeno and garlic is a rich burst of juicy umami.
The Avocado Taco brings forward a very different idea: charred corn tortilla and cool creamy avocado – for most Mexicans, this is the taste of home. For novices to Mexican fare, it’s an eye- opener: absolute simplicity, done impeccably.
Other dishes that bring forth these flavours of history and memory include the Hamachi and Coconut Ceviche, a glory of fresh sashimi-grade Hamachi tossed in coconut milk infused with the tangy hibiscus; and Tortilla Soup, creamy comfort made with tomatoes roasted in the Josper oven,guajillo chillies, and thickened with charred tortillas.
A restrained hand with contemporary updates drive up the culinary excitement. Consider the Atlantic Grilled Octopus, a generous Josper-grilled swirl of tentacle that offers oceanic sweetness with an undertone of smokiness and the Corn Sampler, a tribute to the many faces of that essential Mexican staple, maize with skewers of Josper-grilled organic baby corn and donuts made in-house from huitlocoche or “corn mushroom”.
The Gordita expands on the eponymous Mexican classic: rather than simply filling the empty pocket of this corn pastry, it becomes a base to celebrate heirloom vegetables and frijoles. The El Mero Mero Fajita brings together two beloved Mexican flavours not commonly paired together – a poblano shishito crema and grilled beef – to richly savoury results while the Tequila Pecan Pie is a creative and sweetly aromatic combination of Mexican produce – cinnamon, pecans, and tequila – made a little edgier with a final grill in the Josper before serving for a subtle smokiness.
This approach weaves the past and the ‘now’ together for a culinary tapestry like no other.
El Mero Mero promises a new vision of Mexican cuisine and hospitality, saturated with warm generosity. The Mexican heart is all-evident. Make a reservation with them via this link today and be wowed.
With the successful debut of Lee Hwa’s JewelSpace at their Suntec City boutique in 2018, Lee Hwa Jewellery is elevating its latest boutique, Lee Hwa’s JewelPlay at Bugis Junction, with elements of fun and romance. Targeted at millennial couples and fashion-forward shoppers, the boutique at Bugis Junction receives a complete makeover and reopens its doors in July.
Lee Hwa’s JewelPlay breaks the rules of traditional jewellery store formats and redefines the customer experience by transforming jewellery shopping into a time of creative expression and carefree play – hence its name. Thoughtfully designed, the boutique is packed with a slew of interactive touch-points and spaces geared at showcasing the brand’s bridal jewellery collection, Lee Hwa Romance, as well as their extensive multi-wear series catered to the young and the young-at-heart.
“Besides the trendsetting multi-wear jewellery for daily wear, we observed a growing demand among young couples. We want to be a part of every couple’s unique love journey, from couple bands, to proposal ring, wedding bands, bridal jewellery, and anniversary gifts. Every piece of jewellery is a
celebration of love, a memory to behold. With our new JewelPlay boutique, we are providing an engaging space for them to revel in the experience and celebrate their love story together,” Mavis Toh, business director of Lee Hwa Jewellery.
Donned in millennial-favourite shades and metallic sheens, the boutique is not only an upgrade from 560 sq ft to 880 sq ft but a refreshing yet casual variant from the usual jewellery retail stores. Drawing inspiration from art galleries, jewellery pieces are placed in vertical wall displays built for eye-level viewing.
Customers can try on their favourite jewels in front of the store’s JewelPlay Mirror, a vanity mirror similar to the ones red-carpet stars have in their dressing rooms. Its adjustable lighting promises plenty of gram-worthy opportunities for customers to capture that perfect selfie or wefie.
The pi├Ęce de r├ęsistance of Lee Hwa’s JewelPlay is the Love Insignia – a heart structure inspired by the Pont des Arts Bridge in Paris where couples fasten a padlock with their love dedication onto a fence, and throw away the key to represent their unbreakable love and commitment.
At Lee Hwa’s JewelPlay, couples who purchase wedding bands at the store can partake in this romantic tradition by “locking” their love onto this beautiful three-dimensional heart structure.
After a five-month hiatus, Whitegrass has reopened at Chijmes, making a comeback with a new chef and cuisine.
Whitegrass, under the helm of Head Chef Takuya Yamashita, showcases classical French fare with a contemporary Japanese twist.
Abiding by the culinary principle of “La Cuisine Naturelle”, or “cuisine of the natural body”, Chef Takuya celebrates the essence of each ingredient he works with. Omakase menus of seasonal nature inspired creations pay homage not only to the history of the produce but also to its passionate producers. Located in the historical CHIJMES landmark, the 40-seat restaurant boasts stellar service and a carefully curated beverage list that serves to further elevate the experience of dining in this iconic venue.
A five-course dinner menu is available at $168++ per person, while an eight-course dinner menu is priced at $228++ per person. There is also a beverage list of Old and New World wines and sakes from the Nara Prefecture, and wine pairings are available.
Pasar Peninsula is Singapore’s latest multi-label store officially stocking the likes of Aries Arise, Perks and Mini, Good Morning Tapes, Han Kjøbenhavn and DUNNO.
Set within the Kampong Glam precinct, Pasar Peninsula is a firm believer of “retail is not dead” and aims to create a culturally apt creative retail space for alternative cultures and communities. The store, unfazed by trends, opts for a non-conformist; rebellious, underground approach to its carefully curated mix of storied goods, and is home to obscure brands veering in a sweet indefinable space between streetwear and high fashion.
The formation of Pasar Peninsula is a response to what the store feels limited to in terms of creativity, diversity and individuality in Singapore’s retail market.
Hola Amigos! Señor Taco CHIJMES serves authentic Mexican street food with a great view to offer too which is facing the beautiful church.
Whether you are having a family day out, chilling with colleagues, hanging out with friends, moving on to wedding after-parties or just looking to enjoy life at its best, Señor Taco CHIJMES welcomes you with their great Mexican hospitality! They have not forgotten our little ones and prepared an exciting kids menu, with ample of play space for them to roam around while Mami and Papi indulge on their day off.
Birthday celebrations couldn’t be more exciting than the traditional Piñata blasting. Go visit Señor Taco CHIJMES to see how real Mexicans have fun!
The additional floor area of 220,000 sq ft will allow Raffles Hospital to expand its clinical services and grow its clinics and inpatient beds to meet growing patient needs in Singapore for the next 10 years.
With Raffles Specialist Centre in operation, Raffles Hospital is able to offer more quality services through new centres, such as the Raffles Breast Centre and Raffles Vascular Intervention Centre. The two centres aim to provide one-stop care to medical conditions relating to the breast and disorders relating to the circulatory system respectively.
The areas freed up allowed for the retrofitting of two floors in Raffles Hospital to new wards to meet growing demand. Ward 10 consists of 64 private inpatient beds, including a presidential suite, 43 suites and choice of 2-bedded and 4-bedded rooms. Designed to be an oasis for comfort and healing, rooms in ward 10 are an ideal resting sanctuary for recovery. Ward 13 is designed with generous space allocation for patients under the Ministry of Health Emergency Care Collaboration scheme to recuperate in comfort. Read more about their expansion here.
Omurice Keisuke is the 17th outlet by Ramen King, Mr Keisuke Takeda under the Ramen Keisuke chain in Singapore. Serving customers with classic Japanese comfort food - Omurice (pronounced as omu-raisu) which is a Western-influenced Japanese dish that consists of a wrapped omelette ("omu") over western fried rice with ketchup. Customise your own Omurice combo by choosing from their range of sauces and salads.
Alluding to the state of emptiness, Almost Famous at Chijmes was conceived to be a space to provide clarity to the experience. Adding nothing to influence and taking nothing away to distract from the emphasis of the subjects within the space. They wanted to push the boundaries of what defines how a craft beer bar should be.
Conceptualised with minimalism in mind, Almost Famous was designed to be an environment devoid of unnecessary aesthetics. Every detail from the design of furniture, tableware, menu board, and even the coasters was selected with careful restraint, to achieve simplicity in form and function. A concept that was further enhanced by the choice of basic shapes and monochromatic palettes in the overall aesthetics of the interiors.
They wanted this objectivity to be translated into nothing short of a memorable experience with the emphasis on the people, the food and the beers.
Almost Famous offer a selection of 16 beers on tap from popular breweries locally and beyond. Their curation of beers aims to introduce a wider selection of session-able craft beers as a gateway for regular beer drinkers to appreciate specialty beers and the unique characteristics of beers from small-batch breweries. Complemented by a smaller selection of premium craft beers with more robust flavours, from rich stouts, hoppy IPAs to seasonal limited edition brews.
Their rotational taps include beers from some of these craft breweries:
Brewlander & Co. (Singapore)
Pasteur Street Brewing Company (Vietnam)
Young Master Brewery ň░Ĺšł║ňĽĄÚůĺň╗á (Hong Kong)
Pirate Life Brewing (Australia)
Stone & Wood Brewing Co. (Australia)
Heretic Brewing Company (USA)
Pilsner Urquell (Czech Republic)
Also available is a delectable range of bar bites crafted to umami perfection, a perfect complement to your beer of choice. You can view their menu here.
Awarded the prestigious Tokyo Michelin Bib Gourmand title consecutively for 4 years from 2015 to 2018, it is truly a distinguished achievement for Konjiki Hototogisu, a humble 8-seater tucked away in a quiet alleyway of Shibuya, Japan. Now you can savour this tasty ramen in Singapore at Chijmes.
Konjiki Hototogisu was founded in 2006 by Chef Atsushi Yamamoto in Tokyo, Japan. His resolute and meticulous persistence to his craft has earned him numerous world-class accolades.
Konjiki Hototogisu's notable honours include being crowned the "No.1 Ramen in Japan" in 2017 and 2018 by Japan's popular magazine, Ramen Walker.
Not ever resting on his laurels, Chef Yamamoto constantly seeks inspiration from fresh and unconventional ingredients and never fail to challenge himself to create exceptional recipes which surpass tradition.
Hvala teahouse at Chijmes is an oasis for tea lovers.
It serves curated teas from various regions in Japan. More tea selections will be added every month to their current list which is already impressive. One can also look forward to a selection of cakes available such as Chocolate Truffle, Goma (Sesame), Honey Earl Grey Hazelnut and Matcha Azuki, to go with his/her tea choice.
At Hvala, they believe in fostering relationships with their partners and producers, to understand the intricacies of the very tea we drink and experience the numerous processes involved in producing them. This encompasses visits to the fields where their teas are sourced from, as well as direct interaction with the farmers and surrounding communities. It is imperative that they work with trusted producers who are equally committed in bringing excellent tea to those who enjoy it.
With New Ubin Seafood at Chijmes, you can now have a truly Singaporean experience at CHIJMES. Look forward to the same hearty cze-char dishes with innovative creations that they love and hope you do too.
Expect signature dishes like US Black Angus Rib Eye Beef with Heart Attack Fried Rice as well as Hokkien Mee Special, amidst other new creations that will only be available at their CHIJMES outlet.
New Ubin Seafood’s beginnings can be traced back to the island of Pulau Ubin itself, where a humble home served up kampong-style seafood to all who visited Ubin’s North shore, developing a reputation for serving fresh, authentic and delicious seafood in an laid-back and relaxing environment. With acquisition of Pulau Ubin by the Singapore government in year 1992, New Ubin Seafood moved to the mainland.
Minimalist cafe with floor-to-ceiling glass panels all around its premise, The Glasshouse at Chijmes looks just like its namesake.
The Glasshouse uses a rotation of various roasters. The current Filter Coffee uses the Ethiopia Ardi Sidama beans. The espresso-based one is a blend of Ethiopian and Brazilian beans. Both by Common Man Coffee.
Their food menu is seasonal and will be launched very soon with a variety of open-faced artisanal Sourdough toast offerings.
Excellent authentic Sushi and Japanese cuisine prepared with the highest level of skills, methods and professionalism.
Ashino’s “Shari–sushi rice” is cooked in a traditional iron kettle with air-flown Mt. Fuji water. All the fish is specially selected and crafted to melt on your tongue together with outstanding sushi rice. This is the unique sushi experience from the master's specially trained in Japan.