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S$45-MILLION FACELIFT Main picture: The old cobblestone flooring in the driveway has been replaced with pedestrian-friendly black granite pavers that match the old world setting.

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S$45-MILLION FACELIFT Above: entry and exit points are wide and spacious.

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S$45-MILLION FACELIFT Above: Sheltered drop-off area.

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CHIC DECOR Above: The new 80-seater El Mero Mero is clad in slate grey and neutral hues. It now serves a more sophisticated interpretation of Mexican cuisine.

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CHIC DECOR The new 80-seater El Mero Mero is clad in slate grey and neutral hues. It now serves a more sophisticated interpretation of Mexican cuisine (above).

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GARDEN SETTING Prive is housed in the only standalone pavilion on the premises. It serves casual comfort food such as fish & chips with beer-battered dory (above) and its signature burger with wagyu beef patty

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GARDEN SETTING Prive is housed in the only standalone pavilion on the premises. It serves casual comfort food such as fish & chips with beer-battered dory and its signature burger with wagyu beef patty (above)

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GARDEN SETTING Below: Prive is housed in the only standalone pavilion on the premises. It serves casual comfort food such as fish & chips with beer-battered dory and its signature burger with wagyu beef patty

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EMPHASIS ON QUALITY The 100-seater restaurant bar focuses on oysters served in myriad ways - on the shell, steamed with white wine or breaded and deep-fried. To ensure maximum freshness, a tank onsite keep the oysters fed and alive

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EMPHASIS ON QUALITY The 100-seater restaurant bar focuses on oysters served in myriad ways - on the shell, steamed with white wine or breaded and deep-fried. To ensure maximum freshness, a tank onsite keep the oysters fed and alive

Chijmes's a-changing

The 160-year-old former convent school turned lifestyle destination sports a fresh look with a wide array of restaurants, bars and cafes to draw diners.
Oct 11, 2014 5:50 AM

WHEN you're 160 years old, sometimes just one facelift isn't enough. That's why Chijmes - the former convent girls' school turned lifestyle destination on Victoria Street - announced plans to undergo a S$45-million renovation in June last year, and now things are finally starting to fall into

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