Hidden behind the walls lies Lokkee’s unfiltered persona. If you can find the secret entrance, you’ll find yourself stumbling through a disorienting tunnel into a den of gastronomic adventure: The Dragon Chamber.
Pioneering the speakeasy dining concept in Singapore, founder Norman Hartono describes the cuisine as “guerilla style” food, representing dishes that are not typical banquet style Chinese food. Among its own wild concoctions from Dragon Chamber’s test kitchen, the underground restaurant also brings back age-old Chinese dishes that never caught on in mainstream restaurants, because of unconventional ingredients such as ‘Dragon’s Claw’, ‘Lobster Crispy Noodle’ and ‘Josper Grilled Pig’s Tail’.
Contrasting Lokkee’s familiar, lovable Chinese-American recipes, Dragon Chamber pushes the diner’s comfort zone with adventurous dishes that may even shock diners with unusual Chinese techniques of nose-to-tail animal preparation.
You’ll notice a blind dragon symbol at the entrance. “The dragon represents the epitome of Chinese culture and everything it represents: wealth, power, luck, divinity,” explains Mr. Hartono. The interior of Dragon Chamber is inspired by secret hideouts and gambling dens where Chinese gangsters could be who they wanted to be. “That’s the feeling I want guests to have when they walk in… they can be who they want to be. This is a place for the creatively charged.”
Not a space for political correctness, the restaurant recommends entry for those aged 16+. Artwork by local and international artists are also featured, such as Tell Your Children, Sabotage, Tomy Wong, and works by Mr. Hartono himself.
If you can find the secret entrance to Dragon Chamber, we dare you to enter the bowels of Lokkee to discover your true gastronomic self.