A hidden little gem near Boat Quay
Food from a non-foodie perspective: 9/10 – Very nice Chinese food 👍
Price: N/A – I didn’t see the bill, so I can’t comment on this one
Service: 8/10 – Staff were very attentive: they constantly topped up our tea and attended to our dishes promptly. It was relatively quiet when we were there, though, so there weren’t as many tables to attend to. It’d be interesting to see what service would be like when the place is buzzing with people.
Ambience: 8/10 – Felt a bit more of an upmarket Chinese restaurant. It was pretty quiet when we went, so it was pretty quiet when we were there.
Location: 8/10 – It’s actually not that far from Raffles Place MRT (exit A is probably the best), perhaps a 5mins walk, but you may spend double that just trying to find the place! 😂
Beng Thin Hoon Kee Restaurant
#05-02 OCBC Centre, 65 Chulia St, Singapore 049513
+65 6533 7708
A friend invited us to this restaurant for lunch. We met him on street level, asking us to just meet him at the OCBC Centre near Boat Quay. It was a good thing he did, coz it probably would’ve taken us forever and a day to find this restaurant 😂 We went into a lift lobby tucked away in the car park, and then once we were on L5, you’re still in the car park! But there is this open area of the car park, and at the end of this area is the restaurant. What a unique place to find a restaurant!
We went for lunch, so it was relatively quiet when we we were there. I suspect they are busier during the dinner session. The restaurant has won a few awards in recent years, so obviously enough people have been here in order for them to have won these!
There were five of us at lunch, and our friend who introduced us to this restaurant ordered for us all. He knows the dishes that the restaurant is famous for, so he ordered them for us to try.
We found a hair in our first dish, and we sent it back to the kitchen. The waiter seemed a little upset about this, and even took the lock of hair back into the kitchen! Are they going to go for a manhunt, trying to figure out whose hair it belonged to? 😂
The replacement dish came out shortly thereafter, and the rest of our dishes came out quite quickly after that.
Staff here were very attentive, constantly topping up our tea and organising the dishes on our table. And once we’d eaten most of a dish, they’d take it away, and bring it back on a smaller plate, so it didn’t take up so much space on the table. I thought that was a nice little gesture.
As with most Chinese restaurants, it’s really a venue for a large-ish group, preferably four or more people perhaps, as their dishes seem to be more for sharing.
I would definitely come back here again, and actually escort friends up to the restaurant, as it is not the easiest place to find! And effectively being in a car park was a rather unique feature of this restaurant 😆