Chef’s Table — Singapore, Singapore

A view from outside looking into the Chef’s Table — Singapore
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In most dining establishments, the chef’s table, though increasingly ubiquitous, seems almost like an afterthought. Invariably, it’s a small piece of furniture tucked away in the corner of a hot kitchen or, if it’s a swanky spot, a separate room like the Dorchester’s in London where you can spy on the gastronomic action in air-conditioned, but bunkered down comfort.

The newly opened 14-seater Chef’s Table at the Capella resort in Singapore sets a new benchmark in interactive private dining kitchens. Designed by the locally-based Brewin Design Office, this is not so much a chef’s table as it is a bolt-hole devoted to sybaritic dining pleasures. Privacy is assured with the drop of a row of linen curtains over the glass entrance, whilst the windows peek out through bamboo stands to the South China Sea beyond. 

Anchoring the space is a 3-m long island counter, and behind that is a kitchen Martha Stewart would approve of – resplendent in solid slabs of natural green marble and grey walnut cabinetry, and stocked with La Cornue and De Buyer copper cookware. In the evenings, the space – lined with low tables flanked by rattan chairs and comfy banquettes – is bathed in a soft flattering glow courtesy of Michael Anastassiades lamps.

Inside the Chef’s Table — Singapore

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Inside the Chef’s Table — Singapore

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A view of the food deck in the Chef’s Table — Singapore

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Daven Wu is the Singapore Editor at Wallpaper*. A former corporate lawyer, he has been covering Singapore and the neighbouring South-East Asian region since 1999, writing extensively about architecture, design, and travel for both the magazine and website. He is also the City Editor for the Phaidon Wallpaper* City Guide to Singapore.