Disclaimer: This was part of a food tasting event.
“Take a trip back to the 1930s.”
I was recently invited to a food tasting session over at 1933 last week; 1933 being one of the recently opened eating establishments over at the newly renovated Capitol Piazza. 1933 is by the well-known & home-grown F&B brand that is The Breadtalk Group. The concept revolves around the 1930s, where both cultures & cuisine converged. 1933 offers a mixture of Southeast Asian meets Western cuisine, with familiar local favourites.
The decor of the establishment.
Head upwards for additional seating at the balcony.
1933’s decor relates back to the 1930s, with classic Peranankan-motif tile patterns at the counter/bar mixed with marble table tops & vintage rattan chairs. The restaurant is located along the Capitol Piazza, fitting right at home with the Neo-Classical architecture that is the Capitol Theatre.
Freshly-baked breads, tarts & pastries from the ovens of 1933.
The menu of 1933.
First page of the mains.
Here’s the second. There’s a tad too many pages to the menu, hence I won’t upload them all.
As mentioned earlier, 1933’s eclectic menu consists of a mix of Asian & Western cuisine, bringing back the whole concept of the 1930s era. Aside from local favourites such as Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice & Nanyang Curry Chicken, 1933 also offers Western dishes such as Grilled Pork Loin & Golden Chicken Cordon Bleu. You’ll be able to sample two great cuisines at one simple location. Apart from their main dishes, you can also find a wide variety of signature milkshakes that is reminiscent of the 1930s Magnolia Snack Bar at Capitol.
Perhaps one downside to 1933 is their prices, which is a fair representative of their location. Western mains go above the 20 dollar mark while the two local favourites remain below it. I’m fairly certain that there’s service fees & GST as well, considering it’s premium locale.
Kopi Mocha ($6)
The coffee over at 1933 is based on Torrefacto Nanyang coffee beans in a trendy espresso style.
The coffee here is definitely quite good; I really liked the subtle taste of chocolate. The “1933” number on their coffee drinks were a nice touch as well.
Berry Bliss Lemonade ($8)
The scorching days over here calls for a quenching drink like this, hence I decided to give their Berry Bliss a try. (Perhaps I should have ordered a milkshake instead, seeing as how it’s really popularized.)
Nonetheless, it was a great drink that was cooling & thirst quenching. Each sip yield a decent amount of berry pieces.
Can’t remember the price for this unfortunately.
Anyway, it was quite interesting to see an inclusion of a Thai-style salad in the menu. It tasted really great though, both my friend & I liked it. The lime gave the salad a nice kick & added flavour, coupled with the minced meat & seafood.
1933 Power Carrot ($9.60)
Essentially a carrot soup served in a bread bowl, the 1933 Power Carrot consists of a mixture of orange zest, carrots, onions, cream, ginger & butter which creates a velvety yet smooth textured soup. Full of bursting flavour, both my friend & I were quite impressed with this. The bread bowl is also baked freshly everyday by 1933 themselves.
Nanyang Curry Chicken ($14.90)
One of the local favourites, the Nanyang Curry Chicken is also served in a crusty yet soft bread bowl.
Kampong chicken is used for the dish, ensuring tender pieces of meat mixed with delectable coconut-based curry. The bread bowl was a perfect complement to the curry dish; just tear off a piece & dip it inside. Recommended.
(My only gripe was that the chicken pieces were quite little.)
Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice ($16.80)
Anyone & everyone who knows me, would probably get a shock to see me eat chicken rice. (I’m more of a Western foodie after all.)
Nonetheless, 1933’s chicken rice was quite superb with a fantastic quantity of chicken meat. The rice is cooked in a rich chicken broth to give it fragrance & flavour, while the kampong chickens are selected for their tender meat that has a reduced amount of oil.
The entire dish definitely tasted really good, though I’m sure that if you’re a local here, you’ll be able to find this extremely common dish at a lower price point. (Much lower.)
Grilled Pork Loin ($28.90)
One of the Western dishes over at 1933 is the grilled pork loin & it was what my friend & I were looking forward to. The succulent pork is dipped & perfectly seasoned in thyme, bay leaves, honey & brine.
The beautiful rack of pork is accompanied with a choice of Hainanese, black pepper or mushroom sauce.
My friend & I combined the Hainanese and black pepper sauce, which surprisingly complemented each other well, giving the pork loin a burst of flavour. The dish is also served with a side of sauteed potatoes in olive oil. Recommended. (Though the price sticks out like a sore thumb.)
Gula Melaka Pandan Cake ($8.90)
Ending off the meal, we were served a lovely soft pandan chiffon cake. At first, my friend & I looked at it with apprehension, thinking that the cake would turn out boring & dry.
We were dead wrong after taking a taste. The chiffon cake was simply divine as it was soft. You even get bits of palm sugar on the inside of the cake which brought this dessert to a whole new level. The Gula Melaka dip was to die for as well. I was pretty much blown away & in love with this dessert. Highly recommended!
Welcome to an old era.
Worth A Visit/Revisit?
The Breadtalk Group is definitely onto something with this whole concept of bringing back the 1930s. The food here is quite fantastic & a great nod to the local favourites while intermixing with Western cuisine. Their locale over at the Capitol Piazza perfectly complements their aesthetic & will be a great addition for the tourists around the area looking to try our local cuisine.
I do also want to thank The Influencer Network & 1933 for the invite & for being fantastic hosts for the food tasting event.
Capitol Piazza 15 Stamford Road, #01-83, Singapore 178906
(Nearest train station: City Hall)
Contact: 6384 3660
Mon – Sun: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm