Ah Yat Kitchen, Food Republic, Capitol Piazza, Singapore

I’d been past the redeveloped Capitol Theatre many times, and had walked through the complex on the ground floor and frequented one of the bars there several times – see here. I’d noticed the escalators going downstairs but had always thought that they just led to the carpark. While cruising the complex’s website I saw that there’s actually 2 levels of shops and food outlets below ground and that there was a great mixture of cuisines on offer.

I’d headed downstairs to find some Japanese cuisine but I was out of luck (more on that is a later blog entry) so decided to try a some Dim Sum dishes.

The setup on the first level underground is like the typical hawker centre food court you see all over Asia. A big central seating area with a number of food stalls selling all manner of food, drinks and desserts.

As I was about to head out to the airport for my flight home I thought just a small, local snack would be a good way to finish off my trip. In the back corner I spotted the Ah Yat Kitchen which was serving fresh dumplings.

I’m always a sucker for BBQ Pork Buns so it was pretty easy to order that dish straight away, the 2nd dish I ordered were the old standard Shrimp/Prawn dumplings.

Once you’ve ordered and paid you are given a buzzer which will go off once your order is ready. It took about 10 minutes to be notified my order was cooked.

Two bamboo steamers containing the pork buns and the dumplings were waiting for me at the counter. I grabbed some chopsticks and chilli sauce and headed back to my seat.

Both dishes were piping hit, a testament to how fresh they were.

The sizes were just about right for a snack and the tastes were just as good as you’d get at any high end Chinese restaurant. And you can’t go wrong with the price either! SG$3.60 for each dish (including tax).

Think Tim Ho Wan quality (the original Hong Kong quality – not the inferior international quality!) and price.

Definitely back on the list for next trip!