Iconic Singapore restaurant, Chatterbox unveils a stellar new space on level five of the newly-minted Hilton Singapore Orchard.
Venue: 333 Orchard Road, 05-03, Singapore 238867
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, daily
Set to impress regulars and new diners alike with its distinctive brand and blend of nostalgia and modernity, Chatterbox aims to deliver a refreshing culinary experience matched with warm hospitality at its new space on level five of Hilton Singapore Orchard.
Synonymous with its world-famous chicken rice, Chatterbox was the talk of the town when it first opened in 1971 at the former Mandarin Singapore. Firmly establishing itself as a prime and quality dining destination, it has remained a top pick for many years, among generations of Singaporeans and tourists who relish the well-executed Asian and local cuisine at this stalwart coffee house set in a five-star hotel.
The menu boasts a wider range of dishes brimming with authentic and robust flavours, as well as some inventive iterations of Asian specialties. Diners can pick from a tantalising selection of starters, meat, seafood and vegetable courses – a short list of meat-free items is also available.
Kickstart the meal with a fiery Mackerel & Crab Otah-Otah ($15), a hefty parcel of fresh mackerel fish paste with snow crab claw meat seasoned with a homemade spice mix. A familiar favourite, Chatterbox Rojak ($15) is a melange of jambu, granny smith apple, pineapple and turnip with fried dough fritters in a light housemade rojak sauce – cucur udang or deep-fried prawn fritters provide the unique and crispy crowning glory.
Undoubtedly the highlight on the menu, Mandarin Chicken Rice ($25 for Individual Set | $38 for Half Chicken | $72 for Whole Chicken) is highly-recommended.
Alternatively, diners may try one of the earliest dishes on Chatterbox’s menu, the Lobster Laksa ($34) is familiar, yet different – the thicker and bold gravy is simmered with prawn stock, which imparts a more robust and umami flavour. Each bowl is topped with a whole Boston lobster claw, tau pok or tofu puffs, fish cake slices, bean sprouts, quails’ eggs and a sprinkling of finely-chopped daun kesum, or laksa leaves.
Complement the meal with vegetables such as Wok-fried Sambal Wing Beans ($8) – an unassuming plateful of tender wing beans tossed in a scintillating rempah, or meatier options like Chatterbox’s signature ‘Hokkien style’ Bak Kut Teh ($22) with a nuanced herbal broth, and Coffee Pork Ribs ($22) – pre-marinated and deep-fried Kurobuta pork ribs in a luscious and sticky coffee sauce.
Since there is always room for dessert, do not miss Chatterbox’s Signature Coconut Ice Cream ($15, pictured left) which has been on the menu since its opening – made with fresh coconut milk, coconut flesh and dessicated coconut and served in a coconut husk, this is a truly one of life’s simple pleasures.\
Characterised by a soothing and inviting palette of woody browns, pastel green and creamy hues, the understated and chic restaurant exudes a relaxing and calming vibe – sun-lit by day, and intimate and cosy by night. Some quirky design elements that are distinctly Singaporean are also cleverly incorporated into the space – such as old-school ventilation blocks which serve as partitions, and white square tiled tabletops that are a nod to the familiar HDB void deck tables.
The Chatterbox Bar is an intimate spot before after meals, while plush banquette and booth seating flank both sides of the long communal dining room which also comprises three semi-private dining areas suitable for occasions and events.
Address: 333 Orchard Road, 05-03, Singapore 238867
Reservation: https://book.chope.co/booking?rid=chatterbox1507ctb&source=rest_chatterbox.com.sg / +65 6831 6291
Operating Hours: 11:30am to 2:30pm, 5:30pm to 10:30pm, daily