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The Dragon Chamber

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The Dragon Chamber
Photograph: The Dragon ChamberDragon Claw
The Dragon Chamber
Photograph: The Dragon ChamberD*** Soup
The Dragon Chamber
Photograph: The Dragon Chamber

Time Out says

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Chinese food is often mystified in Western films. It’s portrayed as secretive, elusive, and at times, even a little sketchy, as noted by Norman Hartono. He wanted to incorporate that "intrigue" into Chinese dining here. Which is why stepping into The Dragon Chamber feels like stepping into the shoes of a triad boss in a late-1980s Hong Kong drama.

You'll be first greeted by a typical kopitiam, serving wonton mee and roast meats during the day, but it’s when the sun sets that it truly comes alive. Camouflaged behind a fridge door is the real entrance to the darker, more mysterious restaurant – with old posters and chinoiserie to lend an underground vibe, one that's reminiscent of gang dens in old Hong Kong.

The neon-lit interior is just the beginning. The menu, too, is full of surprises. Uncommon ingredients are celebrated, resulting in dishes that include the Dragon Claw ($55), a crocodile paw braised in a herbal sauce; the theatrical Flaming Pineapple Beef ($30); and the D*** Soup ($30), where herbs are double-boiled with the reproductive organ of a male crocodile for over six hours. It’s a meal unlike any served in conventional Chinese restaurants. 

Find out more about the inspiration behind this mysterious space, as well as other elusive restaurants, in our story here


Address: 2 Circular Rd
Opening hours: Daily noon-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight
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