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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 ChamberBaked garlic prawns
The Dragon Chamber
Photograph: The Dragon Chamber

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Following the directions on Google Maps alone won’t get you to The Dragon Chamber; you’ll need to sleuth around to find this elusive restaurant. From the outside, you’re first greeted by a clean-looking kopitiam serving wonton noodles and roast meats. But have a look around for a fridge door – for that’s where the real entrance of The Dragon Chamber is. Step inside, and you’ll be transported to a darker, more mysterious location – with old posters and chinoiserie that lend a grungy, underground vibe reminiscent of gang dens of old Hong Kong. 

But the intrigue doesn’t just end here. The menu, too, is full of surprises. Uncommon ingredients are celebrated, resulting in dishes like 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.

Not everything is made for dramatic purposes, though. The less adventurous can stick to signature plates of cheeseburger Firecracker chicken (from $16) and wagyu truffle beef hor fun (from $36). These playful adaptions of classic flavours still make for a meal unlike any served in conventional Chinese restaurants. Sample its latest creation, kueh pie tee ($25), where julienned carrots and cucumbers come crowned with a plump slice of lobster and dollop of premium Kairos caviar.

There’s also the baked garlic prawns ($48), where jumbo Tiger prawns are topped with garlic butter and crispy garlic bits. The Chamber Roasted Chicken ($38) is also worth an order. Have it as is, or dip it with some piquant lemon chilli sauce. We also like the Coconugget ($12), where coconut pudding comes served in the husk of the fruit, topped with brown sugar hazelnut, lime zest, coconut flakes, and lime sorbet. 

The dark, neon-clad interior makes The Dragon Chamber a romantic drinking spot as well. It has a series of cocktails including the Post of Aiden ($24), served with a cloud of smoke to match the deep notes of bourbon, amaro herbal liqueur, and Aperol; and Compassion ($24), a fruit-forward gin-based concoction made with lychee liqueur, fresh lemon, fresh strawberry, and prosecco. To uncover the inspiration behind this clandestine eating space, as well as other hidden restaurants in Singapore, read our story here


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