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
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
They even sold their own line of Dazzling merchandise!
Everywhere you looked, the decor fit the theme.
Zoom in on the custom-made cushions please. So pretty!!
Some of the tables had this cute bunny chair.
But our table only had this. *yawnz* Still, effort for keeping to the theme.
The bar counter. Themed? Checked.
The ceiling light was like, WOAH, so dramatic.
A pretty fireplace (fake one obviously).
With all these pretty little things decorating the top of the fireplace.
Love the custom-made light and books (?!).
And everything on our table matched the theme as well. The check, the coaster, even the serviettes.
There was this very exclusive room, I’m not sure what you need to do to get to dine here.
After the group inside left, I quickly snapped some photos before it got occupied by the next group.
Isn’t it gorgeous?? And check out the door handle.
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++.
Pasta was going at $16.90 – $24.90++.
Coffee was going at $6 – $8++.
Their signature was clearly their honey toast. Even the honey toast menu was so intricately designed.
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.
Once again, I fell victim to the SG50 marketing gimmick and ordered the SG50 set meal.
Bring on the food!
MY was presented with a cute set of children’s utensils. Didn’t match the theme though. *bummer*
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!
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.
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.
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.
Must take more photos before eating. Somehow I felt I was paying more for the presentation than for the food.
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!
藏龙 (hidden lion) because of the chocolate filling hidden inside each chunk!
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!
And that’s one happy looking kid.
After the tiny chunks were gone, he attempted to eat the big piece.
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).
$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?
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
Getting There: City Hall MRT (NW25 / EW13)
Tel: +65 6384 3310
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