Singapore 2014 - CHIJMES Revisited
I first visited CHIJMES many years ago - when I was taken to one of the hottest Vietnamese restaurants in town. I can't even remember the name now, but during this recent visit I noticed that it wasn't there anymore. Of all the outlets I saw at CHIJMES - I could only remember Lei Garden Chinese Restaurant - the rest all looked new.
CHIJMES is quite an unusual project. It is located right in the middle of the city - just opposite the Raffles City complex. The name CHIJMES is an acronym of the original name of the place - Convent of The Holy Infant Middle Education School - it was originally a girl school. The old buildings have all been restored and adopted for the new uses - including the chapel in the middle of the complex. Surrounding the chapel building is a large plaza which provides some respite from the crowded city.
Besides the Chinese restaurant - most of the other outlets here are quite International. There is even an entire street dedicated to Japanese food. If you are looking for Singaporean food - you would be out of luck. It was a bit too early for dinner so I did not try out any of the establishments this time - but judging from the setup I would say it is targeted mostly at the expat crowd.
The highlight of the whole complex is the chapel.
It is now used as a multi-purpose hall - ideal for weddings.