Another project by Unlisted Collection, Bincho is located at Moh Guan Terrace within the Tiong Bahru enclave and is a one of a kind dining concept housed within a coffee shop known to many as Hua Bee Restaurant. The long and narrow space was reinvented into three distinctive segments: past, present and future, to create an authentic experience that was not only modern, but relived tales its coffee shop past.
When seen from the outside, the aged Hua Bee Restaurant signboard that regulars have grown accustomed to has been retained to pay tribute to the 70-year old coffee shop. As one enters the space, its interior elements are no exception. Tiles, walls, evergreen marble tables and old wooden chairs have been kept in its original state as much as possible so customers get to enjoy their traditional mee pok and Singaporean favourite breakfast combination of coffee and toast in its original setting during the day.
Enter through old Chinese doors with engraved glass patterns, a new premise is revealed. The “present” space is a hybrid of the past and future, bearing marble table tops given a new twist–recreated as bar tops where customers can enjoy their omakase and hotpot sets helmed by Chef Asai. All seatings within the segment has been designed such that every diner gets to witness the precise Chef Asai in action as he explains his exotic choice of ingredients and condiments. There is no fixed menu but a chalkboard wall as the menu changes frequently, depending on what is available during the day.
\During the night, customers may go back to the future where the previous back of house has been converted into a progressive cocktail bar. Curved brass plates fill the walls, but not completely, revealing slight details of old walls. During the night, the bar can also be accessed from the back alley. A font family of hieroglyphics has been created for the identity of Bincho, inspired by the history of the space. The hieroglyphics may be spotted in hidden areas within the entire space–when put together, they tell various stories left to one’s own discretion.
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