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Another new retail and food destination has soft-launched in Singapore, this time located at CBD, 6A Shenton Way.

Downtown Gallery positions itself as a “lifestyle, wellness and technology” space, boosting a 4000 square feet social kitchen with bookable dining spaces and cooking stations; and The Work Project co-working space.

The first storey will focus on pop-up stores and retail counters.

For CBD workers on a search for a NEW lunch and dinner time spot, some of the head-lining F&B names include Omotesando Koffee and SAMA Curry & Café, new-to-market brand Chen’s Mapo Tofu, and an express off-shoot of the famous Chatterbox Chicken Rice.

Here are the restaurants and cafes that you can be expecting: (some have soft-launched)

Chen’s Mapo Tofu #02-29
Sichuan classics serving Mapo Don ($8.80), Mapo Mien ($9.80) and other Chinese favourites. Opened by the team behind 2-star Michelin Shisen Hanten at Mandarin Orchard. Chen’s Mapo Tofu (Downtown Gallery)

Express by Chatterbox #01-04
The famous Mandarin Chicken Rice with a fuss-free, quick serve concept. A signature Chicken Rice dish is $8.00. Express by Chatterbox (Downtown Gallery)

Lunar Coffee #01-49/50
Conceptualised by the team behind Assembly Coffee (now closed) and Atlas Coffeehouse, Lunar Coffee Brewers serves up coffee and fusion rice bowls like Braised Pork Belly Don ($14.50), Miso Nori Salmon Don ($14.50) and Gochujang Chicken Don ($14.50). Lunar Coffee Brewers (Downtown Gallery)

6 oz Espresso Bar #01-18 & 27
Also found at Tokio Marine Centre and Fui Xerox Towers, 6 oz Espresso Bar serves up coffee using 100% Arabica beans, fresh pastries and bakes.

Muratama Ra-men #03-25
Ramen chain known for its chicken paitan soup base, matched with Hakata-style noodles.

Patisserie G #01-30/34
Artisanal desserts café, and Patisserie G probably serves some of the best chocolate cakes in Singapore.

Pho Stop #02-28
Pho Stop has moved from Tanjong Pagar to Downtown Gallery, serving Vietnamese cuisine such as Pho and Spring Rolls.

SAMA Curry & Café #03-26
Hokkaido soup curry shop, and the broth has variations of with shrimp, coconut or the original tomato, topped with hamburger patty, chicken, seafood, eggs or braised pork belly. SAMA Curry & Café (Downtown Gallery)

Saybons #01-24
French casual dining food boutique chain serving crepes, soups, breads, salads and escargots.

VENUE by Sebastian #01-02
Helmed by Chef-Owner Sebastian Ng (formerly of Restaurant Ember) and Chef de Cuisine Jonathan Lee (formerly of Artichoke), VENUE by Sebastian serves up contemporary European fare with a touch of Asian influence.

Other restaurants and cafes estimated to open in June / July
· Don Pie #03-29
· Monster Curry #03-20
· Old Tea Hut #03-27
· Omotesando Koffee #04-09
· Smooy #03-28
· The AutoBus #01-12 to 15
· The Providore #B1-07 to 17
· The Whisky Distillery #01-11
· Wafuken #02-23

Just one thing surprised me. Are there no salad shops there (yet)? I did spot a salad vending machine on ground level.

Which is that one shop you want to try at Downtown Gallery first?

Downtown Gallery
6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm

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