Coriander Leaf has long been a fixture in Singapore’s dining scene. Offering fine dining in a relaxed bistro environment (now in a new location at Downtown’s Chijmes along Victoria Street), Coriander Leaf is synonymous with Asian cuisine in the city. Beyond offering up innovative interpretations of Lebanese, Iranian, Pakistani, Indian, Myanmar, Thai, and Vietnamese cuisines, Coriander Leaf is also renowned for its community engagement: catering, cooking classes, corporate bonding events, and popular culinary gift hampers.
Old and new, ancient and modern – the culinary traditions from across Asia (and even further afield) come together in the kitchens of Coriander Leaf. And it’s not just the resident chefs who get behind the stove at Downtown Singapore’s beloved Asian food hub – you too can make the transition from diner to gastronomic god with Coriander Leaf’s popular cooking classes. Here, South Asian and Southeast Asian meets Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, with small classes of students guided through menu design to final presentation, giving would-be chefs a behind-the-scenes look at how Victoria Street’s Coriander Leaf in Chijmes creates its famous fusion.
Building on their perennially popular cooking studio courses, Coriander Leaf have also become a fixture among companies looking to bring their team together – what better way to bond than over incredible cuisine, made by and shared between friends and colleagues? As for regular dining at Coriander Leaf, it’s at once a stylish and casual affair. A la carte and set menus are available, as is an incredibly curated wine pairing menu, matching old and new world wines with the Asian dishes that have made Coriander Leaf a household name among gourmands in Singapore. With a new location in the heart of the Chijmes complex along Victoria Street in the Downtown Core, Chijmes is set to impress (and educate) a whole new audience of the city’s foodies.
Excellent food in right portions and friendly staff too. A great place to wine and dine before heading out to a big party elsewhere. Highly recommended
The dishes are served tapa style, each individual dish made separately. Dinner for two meant that we ordered 4 dishes, all for sharing. Cooking style was said to vary from Turkey to Persian, North India, Myanmar and Viet Nam. We enjoyed the evening, which was a treat after a month of travel from Dubai, to India to Singapore. BTW, CHIJMES is a great place to spend an evening.
The food was really tasty, loved the interesting take on such a wide array of regional flavours. The casual-chic ambiance was nice, staff were friendly and attentive.
Excellent food and ambience! Will definitely return for special occasions :)
We went to Coriander Leaf for dinner to celebrate a family event. It has been a while since we were at Chijmes and it was a pleasant surprise to see the upgraded version. We were warmly welcomed at Coriander Leaf, the menu was an interesting selection with a different take on North Indian/Pakistani food. The service was attentive, the server was well informed about food choices and made good recommendations when we asked for ideas. The ambience was good though perhaps a little on the dark side in terms of lighting. This location is acoustically much better than the previous location which was very bright and where it was difficult to have a good conversation. Overall, a good evening.
We have not been to CL for a long time and it was quite a big change from elegant serving to now tapas type of sharing plates. We did not mind that as you can try more different dishes. However, taste of food was very ordinary and messy looking. - Coriander leaf salad was a mess tucked in a small black bowl. smaller leaves is better and squid was quite burnt. - Soya bean noodle was better in taste, again I was expecting more for what it was charged at $14. I have made similar dish at home so again restaurant needs to offer something different especially when CL is well known for authentic spices. - prawns fried in chilli and tomato chutney was spicy and it would be nice to see what the chutney looked like. - signature chicken seriously is ordinary in taste. Service was good and quick but there were only 4 tables. I think it would be better if staff engaged less in group conversations, checking on phones and drinking cold drinks at kitchen counter. Maybe now the restaurant approach has changed to more casual dining but decor makes you feel otherwise. As long as food taste good then no complain. It was a far cry from what we remembered Coriander Leaf was.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the food at Coriander Leaf. The naan (plain) was done perfectly! Light, fluffy and slightly salty and crispy, just perfect to go with the vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes we ordered. The Chicken Tandoori was done just right, juicy and tasty and not too salty. The spinach parcels are yummy with the yogurt. I must say that the food was worth the money we paid.
The concept of small plates is good - it is a good way to sample a range of Asian dishes. The location at Chijmes is good - it is easy to get a pre or post dinner drink at the range of bars outside. The restaurant lighting is a bit dark and the room can get noisy. The nicer of the two rooms (the one with the windows) was kept as an overflow area, so the latecomers got the better tables. I would suggest switching it around so that the first comers get the better seats. The waitresses are friendly and efficient, but did forget one of our orders (it was our fault as we didn't catch it when she quickly recited the 8 dishes we had ordered.) The food is pretty good but there isn't much refinement or innovation beyond the 'Asian tapas' concept. I would suggest that it is a good place to take visitors (there were many non-Singaporeans there) but there are better dining experiences in Singapore for the price.
It was a last minute choice to dine at Coriander Leaf but it turned out to be one of the best meals we have had during our 10 day holiday in Singapore. Friendly and attentive staff together with a varied tasty menu made for a great experience. We will certainly visit again when we next come to Singapore
Anyone who has been to Coriander Leaf when they were still at Clarke Quay will be pleased with the "Familiar" Menu. The Crab Cakes are very good, and we were satisfied with the items we ordered, save for the Angus Beef with Kicap Manis (it could have been a matter of personal preference). Do try the mango with stick rice dessert. Excellent Service too!