Boon Tat Street is a one-way street located in the Central Business District (CBD), connecting Amoy Street to the junction of Shenton Way and Raffles Quay. Originally called Japan Street, it was the first street to be renamed after the Japanese Occupation in 1945 after Ong Boon Tat. He was a former municipal commissioner and a Singapore-born businessman who owned an amusement park (New World Park in Jalan Besar) as well as some brickworks, sawmills and rubber estates.
There are a few noteworthy landmarks found here. First is Telok Ayer Green Park which is located at the junction of Telok Ayer Street and Boon Tat Street. Next to it is Nagore Dargah, a shrine and national monument built around the 1830s. Other prominent office buildings include Cecil Court and the Octagon, both located at the junction of Cecil Street and Boon Tat Street, The Globe, Tong Eng Building and the SGX Centre (Singapore Exchange). The infamous Lau Pa Sat hawker centre, formerly called Telok Ayer Market and now a restored Victorian-style food market, is located at the end of Boon Tat street. On certain weekend nights, a part of Boon Tat Street is blocked to traffic and transformed into a KL-style sea of outdoor tables, beer-peddling aunties and little satay huts dubbing the name “Satay Street”.
Contributing to the dynamic food scene here is this cool resto-bar called Sum Yi Tai, meaning “Third Wife” in Cantonese. Conceptualised to pay tribute to 1980’s Hong Kong glamour, the restaurant aims to raise the bar for traditional Chinese cuisine particularly classic Cantonese dishes to be enjoyed with whisky and wine while listening to some Canto-pop music in the background. With different concepts for each floor in this conservation shop house – casual tapas-style dining on the 1st storey, cosy and more private seating area on the 2nd storey and an intimate rooftop bar with lofty skyline views – the restaurant’s surreal interiors is a definite feast to the eyes. The overall ambiance will ensure everyone an amazingly good experience.
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*Floor area from Architectural Plan with Statistical GFA. Floor plan available upon request.