Marina Bay, the Central Business District, the Civic District and Bugis are iconic locations which form the spectacle of Singapore’s city centre, contributing to the vibrancy of this island in the heart of Southeast Asia. Amidst the glitz and glamour of the city centre quietly resides the Ophir-Rochor belt. The area of Ophir-Rochor is a haven, filled with rich heritage and lifestyle gems, bringing an important counterbalance to the surrounding areas of modernity in Singapore’s city centre.
Ophir Road shoots off from Rochor canal and runs parallel to Rochor Road. Its unique name is derived from Mount Ophir in Johor, Malaysia, which in Malay, translates to ‘Shimmering Hill’, alluding to the shimmer in the haze above the surrounding low lands. The Ophir-Rochor precinct comprises of the famous Bugis district, the historic district of Kampong Glam as well as the Beach Road Conservation area. The latest addition to the Ophir-Rochor area is DUO, an integrated development by M+S Pte Ltd. DUO will add a whole new series of shops, residences and offices and provide the area with modern amenities.
In addition to endless rows of shops in the area, there are also many food gems that can be discovered in Ophir-Rochor and here are 5 recommendations from us to get you started on your food trail:
TONO is a Peruvian Cevicheria located in DUO. Opened by Chef Daniel Chavez and paying homage to his Peruvian roots, it will be the second restaurant in the OLA restaurant group. As OLA was already bringing in the best sustainably sourced seafood, a Peruvian Cevicheria which celebrates the freshness of the sea was a natural extension of the brand. At the helm of this new restaurant is Chef Mario Malvaez.
The name “TONO” means ‘party’ in Peruvian and true to its name, TONO aims to bring the liveliness and flavour of Peru to Singapore. A celebration of one of the world’s most eclectic cultures, the menu consists of traditional Peruvian dishes, such as ceviche, tiradito and pisco sours, all prepared using the freshest and best produce.
Location: 7 Fraser Street, #01-49/50 DUO Galleria, Singapore 189356
Monday – Friday: Lunch: 12 pm – 2.30 pm (last order); Dinner: 6 pm - 10 pm (last order)
Saturday: Dinner, 6 pm – 10 pm (last order)
Contact: +65 6702 7320
Closed on Sundays
Man Man, Singapore’s first Unagi speciality restaurant, has its second location at DUO. Unagi is the Japanese word for freshwater eel. The Unagi supply of Man Man comes solely from the Mikawa Isshiki region in Japan, famous for supplying high quality freshwater eel. The eel is grilled over a charcoal fire and then repeatedly dipped in a savoury BBQ sauce where the marinade coats the flesh evenly. Apart from enjoying the scrumptious food at Man Man, your eyes will be in for a visual feast as well. Watch chefs skilfully skewer and grill live eels on the spot to prepare your meal.
Man Man is run by famous Japanese chef, Teppei Yamashita, who also owns many popular restaurants in Singapore. Restaurants under his belt consist of the famous Teppei restaurant at Orchid Hotel, Hanare Cafe in Tanjong Pagar, Teppei Syokudo in Ion Orchard as well as all the Teppei Daidokoro outlets in Singapore.
Location: 7 Fraser Street, #01-48, DUO Galleria, Singapore 189356
Lunch 11.30am – 3pm (last order 2.30pm)
Dinner 6pm – 10.30pm
(Mon – Sat, PH and closed Sun)
Looking for a food place that works around the clock? Look no further than Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee. This stall serves up Singapore’s local delicacy; minced meat noodles. Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee is famous for its generous amount of toppings as well as its fragrant mushroom sauce which perfectly complements the tender minced pork and chewy noodles. The owners of this stall dedicate themselves to providing the best ingredients and pride themselves in selling their very own handmade fishballs, which come with smoother textures than machine-made fishballs. Undoubtedly, Seng Huat Bak Chor Mee makes the perfect supper spot and slurping down a piping bowl of hot and savoury noodles at this 24-hour spot will satisfy your midnight cravings.
Location: 492 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 188737
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Located at DUO, Boulevard offers a venue ideal for a refreshing beverage after a hard day’s work, sightseeing or shopping. The bar is situated overlooking DUO’s luscious greenery that resembles a mini garden oasis and the alfresco area provides a great venue for everyone to relax in.
Boulevard offers a wide assortment of beverages. Beer lovers can pick from six different draft beer choices, while wine connoisseurs are spoilt for choice with the expansive range of wines from around the world that are available the outlet. Coffee selections brewed from fragrant coffee beans using the La Marzacco espresso machine are also available for caffeine aficionados.
Complement your beverages with a range of healthy Tex-Mex-styled sides such as salads, sliders or tacos and you’re all set for a perfect evening.
Location: 7 Fraser Street, #01-30/31 DUO Galleria, Singapore 189356
Opening Hours: TBC
If a laid-back atmosphere with bar grub and cocktails is what you’re after, Blu Jaz is the place to be. The café is furnished in an exotic and unique fashion and provides a cosy setting, perfect for chilling. Its happy hour deals are available from 5-7pm, making it even more so the great location to unwind and hang out at after knocking off from a long day at work.
Blu Jaz is situated just across the road from Raffles Hospital and a walking distance from Bugis MRT station. The café offers a range of food choices, from local delights to exotic Mediterranean dishes, all at affordable prices.
What’s even better about this café? It often plays host to musical performances by local artists, comedy shows, open mic, poetry slam and DJ jam sessions. Blu Jaz can’t be any more perfect for gatherings with its reasonable prices and great vibes.
Location: 11 Bali Lane, Historic Kampong Glam, Singapore 189848
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2am