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Last week, I was roaming around City Hall area after visiting the Lego Exhibition at Singapore National Library.  Not too sure where to go, the sparkling white Capital Theatre Building caught my eye.  I haven’t been inside since they re-opened earlier this year after long renovation works.  Okay, actually I don’t remember ever being inside all my life. SG50 has made me all patriotic and more observant of Singapore’s landmarks lately, so I decided, let’s go check it out!

Capitol Theatre Singapore

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Okay, some facts about Capitol Theatre (which I googled after I came home and learned from The Straits Times and Wikipedia):

  • Capitol Theatre Building is 85 years old
  • It started off as a theatre in the 1930s, then became a cinema in 1946, but the cinema closed in 1998.
  • For more than 10 years, the building changed hands between the likes of Singapore Tourism Board and Singapore Land Authority, but nobody took on its redevelopment.
  • Finally in the 2010s, a group of private investors won the rights to redevelop the building into what it is today:  Singapore’s largest cinema cum theatre complex with 6 stars luxury hotel, retail shops and some of Singapore’s most expensive residential units.

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As an 80s Singapore kid, the only thing I can honestly say I knew about Capitol is that it sat right across the road from City Hall MRT, and it is where I used to catch the bus home from City Hall area. There used to be a row of inconspicuous shops where the bus stop was, but I never took notice of them.

But now that it is all revamped and classy, I decided to go take a peek inside out of curiosity.

Dazzling Cafe @ Capitol Building Singapore

You know the saying ‘Curiousity kills the cat’? In this case, curiosity killed my wallet, and my waistline.  Inside Capitol building were several very atas (Singaporean’s way of saying ‘upmarket’) cafes.  But there was one that stuck out.

Dazzling Cafe.

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Why did it stick out? Because it was PACKED on this otherwise quiet weekday afternoon.  I have been around Singapore on weekdays often enough to know that it is not easy for a cafe to have a crowd on weekdays.  Mind you, this place had a QUEUE on a weekday afternoon.

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Being super typical Singaporean, when I saw a crowd in the cafe, I just had to go join in the crowd.  (Yes, I was one of those Singaporeans who queued hours for Tim Ho Wan when it first opened.)  And yeah yeah, call me mountain tortoise. I never even HEARD of Dazzling Cafe before I stepped into Capitol Building.  And yet there was this crowd here, like the whole Singapore knew about it already.

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This was how I felt when I saw Dazzling Cafe.

 

Luckily we arrived before the queue formed (the photo of the queue above was taken when we were leaving) and managed to get a table without queuing.

Dazzling Cafe Decor

When we entered, MY was naturally attracted to the unicorn at the entrance.  And as expected, he wanted to climb up and ride on it!

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You know.. They should have just put a working carousel there.  It would have made this cafe even more awesome than it already was! Anyway it was NOT a carousel and MY had to be contented with just standing at the side and taking a photo with it.

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Next, he spotted some pretty jars containing what looked like edible marshmallows.  Of course, he wanted to stick his hands into those jars to grab a marshmallow, but I stopped him.

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We were shown to our seats, and after MY was safely in his high chair and well-entertained by his BYO trains, I went around to check out the rest of the decor.

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Apparently, Dazzling Cafe is a themed cafe that came from Taiwan.  (This I overheard from the lady on the next table.  I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but as you can see above, the tables were pretty close to each other.)

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They even sold their own line of Dazzling merchandise!

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Everywhere you looked, the decor fit the theme.

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Zoom in on the custom-made cushions please.  So pretty!!

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Some of the tables had this cute bunny chair.

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But our table only had this.  *yawnz*  Still, effort for keeping to the theme.

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The bar counter. Themed? Checked.

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The ceiling light was like, WOAH, so dramatic.

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A pretty fireplace (fake one obviously).

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With all these pretty little things decorating the top of the fireplace.

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Love the custom-made light and books (?!).

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And everything on our table matched the theme as well.  The check, the coaster, even the serviettes.

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There was this very exclusive room, I’m not sure what you need to do to get to dine here.

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After the group inside left, I quickly snapped some photos before it got occupied by the next group.

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Isn’t it gorgeous?? And check out the door handle.

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If anyone knows how to get into this room (By reservation? Minimum number of pax / spending required? Or just by luck, if it’s your turn in the queue and the room is cleared, you get to go?), please let me know!

Dazzling Cafe Menu

Like I mentioned earlier, the cafes at Capitol were generally upscale.  However, I didn’t think the food here was that exorbitant, compared to restaurants in Singapore in general.

Brunch was going at $16.90 – $22.90++.

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Pasta was going at $16.90 – $24.90++.

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Coffee was going at $6 – $8++.

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Their signature was clearly their honey toast.  Even the honey toast menu was so intricately designed.

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Their honey toast was priced at $16.90 – $19.90++.  Which seemed a bit steep to pay for toast with ice-cream.  But honey toast (or Shibuya toast, not sure what’s the difference) is all the rage in Singapore this year.  And it’s expensive everywhere.

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Once again, I fell victim to the SG50 marketing gimmick and ordered the SG50 set meal.

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Bring on the food!

MY was presented with a cute set of children’s utensils.  Didn’t match the theme though. *bummer*

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The first things that arrived were the drinks.  Okay, I meant to order a Strawberry White Chocolate Mocha Latte for myself and a Royal Matcha Latte for MY.  Usually I wouldn’t order a drink for MY, but the set came with 2 drinks, so MY was clearly delighted by the fact that he was going to get a drink this time!

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Most match latte (in fact all, prior to this) I have came across was just green tea powder with milk.  Non-caffeinated.  But surprise surprise, not in a good way, the matcha latte here had coffee! Poor MY protested when I refused to let him drink the matcha latte.  And I had a caffeine overdose from drinking both cups of coffee.  Neh, I would never have caffeine overdose.

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Thankfully, his misery ended when the main dish arrived.  White chocolate cauliflower with prawns and onion sprouts spaghetti.  WHITE CHOCOLATE.  Needless to say, MY loved it.  I was not really used to eating a slightly sweet spaghetti frankly.  MY ate more than I did.

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And the moment we have been waiting for.  The honey toast! We picked the most expensive (duh) Hazelnut Chocolate Honey Toast.   MY was clearly pleased with the choice.

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Must take more photos before eating.  Somehow I felt I was paying more for the presentation than for the food.

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And it was time to tuck in! “Hmmm… How do I even start eating this thing?” I wondered.  I decided to just take away the whole top layer.  Lo and behold, they shoud call this the 卧虎藏龙 (crouching tiger hidden dragon) honey toast! Why 卧虎藏龙?

卧虎 (crouching tiger) because of the convenient bite-sized chunks of honey toast crouching inside!

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藏龙 (hidden lion) because of the chocolate filling hidden inside each chunk!

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We could choose ‘normal’ or ‘crispy’ honey toast.  I chose the crispy version and the toast was a bit like cookies.  Cut into bite-sized chunks, it was oh-so-easy to eat.  Coupled with chocolate filling? YUMMY!

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And that’s one happy looking kid.

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After the tiny chunks were gone, he attempted to eat the big piece.

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Okay, this honey toast was WAY too big for me and MY.  I think you should come in groups of 3 or 4 to share it.  And there was just too much whipped cream (which I think was more for aesthetic purpose than for eating).

In Summary…

$50++ between just MY and I makes this the most expensive meal I have had in a long time.  On hindsight, I shouldn’t have ordered the set.  And I shouldn’t have came with just MY (a mistake, since this was an impromptu visit).  Remember what the slogan on the wall said?

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This is definitely a place to visit with friends.  With a group of 3 sharing 2 mains and 1 honey toast, there would be enough food for everyone while keeping to a very reasonable budget of less than SGD30 per pax.  All while enjoying the decadence that this luxurious cafe has to offer.

If you are visiting Singapore, do pop by this historic building right outside City Hall MRT station, catch a show and enjoy a meal at Dazzling cafe!

Information on Dazzling Cafe:

Address: 15 Stamford Road, #01-85 Capitol Plaza, Singapore 178906

Map: Click here for Google Map location

Getting There: City Hall MRT (NW25 / EW13)

Tel: +65 6384 3310

Opening Hours:

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Official Websites: Homepage | Facebook Page | Instagram | @dazzlingcafe.sg

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Supposed to be a stay-home mom, but hates staying home. Definition of parenting is bringing the boys out for 'experiential learning' in Singapore, Japan and wherever else in the world her husband can afford to pay for.

18Comments

  1. May says:

    Sadly, what a obiang name for a cafe and I don’t quite get the theme. Whimsical? Of unicorns and bunnies? Omg that ceiling! I don’t know. It’s trying too hard to be different. I like those chairs though! The table setting does look pretty for a gathering with girly pals for an afternoon tea.

  2. Ai Sakura says:

    I’m so suaku too!! Didn’t even know there was this cafe there as well haha.. the interior is really attractive. Did the ceiling change colours from day to night like Palette Town in Odaiba? That would have been even more brilliant! (and probably made the food cost even more hahahah)

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Eh… I didn’t stay until night time to see if the ceiling changes colour. It was blue the whole time I was there. :p

      But yeah, it would be pretty cool if the ceiling light colour changes! And I still say they should change the see-no-touch unicorn into a real carousel.

  3. Claudia says:

    White Chocolate pasta??? This I must bring the girls one day. When I’m feeling rich. Lol.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I think the white chocolate pasta is not on their main menu. It was one of the mains of the SG50 set. And yeah, when you’re feeling rich. I wasn’t feeling rich, but it was close to my birthday, I decided to give myself a treat.

  4. Andy Lee says:

    The Honey toast looks absolutely gorgeous! And you really have a lot of photos from every corner 🙂

    cheers, Andy
    (SengkangBabies)

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I reckoned I was paying more for the decor and presentation than for the food per-say, as with any other themed cafe I have visited. So I care more about the details of the cafe than the food. If I really cared about the food… $20++ for toast?? Neh…

  5. Phoebe says:

    I love the little details in the cafe. Feels really comfy to sit for an afternoon tea. The hazelnut chocolate honey toast looked really delicious… but it is a little pricey for the entire family to go though. 🙁

    • bumblebeemum says:

      Yeah… Quite a pricey toast. Maybe that’s why their slogan said “Friends Gather Here”. Coz with friends, we can share cost! Hahaha… If I go with 3 other friends, I only need to pay $5++, doesn’t sound too bad. LOL….

  6. Waiwai says:

    Look quite yummy, but a bit too pricey. We made similar toast at home!

  7. Angie.S says:

    I knew about this cafe from 8 Days Magazine (our weekly tabloid read) heh. From your photos, the Shibuya toasts look very tempting and I agree, if we go with friends, the meal would be more affordable than if we bring our kids 😛 I’m sure it was a great afternoon of bonding time out for you and MY too.

    • bumblebeemum says:

      It was really quite a waste of money bringing MY because I had to down his cup of coffee. And we couldn’t finish the honey toast. But oh well… At least he looks pleased. If he had rejected the honey toast, I would be so heart-pain. But then again, which kid would reject ice-cream & whipped cream soaked toast with chocolate filling?

  8. Lydia C. Lee says:

    That looks beautiful. It’s been under construction the last 5 visits to Singapore – I was hoping to stay there but was too $$ for me this time….can’t wait to check it out!!!!

    • bumblebeemum says:

      I KNOW RIGHT… it looks like some abandoned building for the longest time ever.. So glad someone finally took on the project to revamp it! Yeah, the hotel is $$$… I would just stick to taking a walk around and chilling out at the cafes.

  9. Agnes says:

    Any nursing room at Capitol Theater? 🙂

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