195 PEARL HILL CAFE
Once home to the Singapore Police Force's Operational HQ during the mid-20th century, 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace is a gazetted URA conservation building due to its rich heritage and one of the few remaining pre-WWII structures still in existence in Singapore today.
This historical building has now been transformed into a space containing hidden treasures and gems such as vibrant start-ups, boutique studios and workshop spaces, amidst others! Pearl’s Hill Terrace is hidden atop a hill as its name suggests; just above the bustling streets of Chinatown, and behind People’s Park Food Centre.
195 Pearl Hill Café isn’t just awesome coffee, pasta, satay, salads, ‘wiches, savoury eats and dessert. As the anchor tenant and only food establishment in the premise, our sheltered and open-air alfresco setting replete with expansive verandas and courtyards hosts various home-grown brands helmed by individuals with illustrious histories.
INNOVATION WITH HERITAGE
EST.1930 innovates and preserves our Singapore culture and communities. We transform ideas and products from in Singapore to bring it to the world promoting diversity to share the values and untold stories from our forefathers for generations to enjoy.
EST. 1930 Pte Ltd started with two founders Benjamin and Maurice in 2018 with the sole intention to innovate with traditional businesses. What we are today stems from our beliefs and values passed down from ancestry and the people who journeyed through life before we did. We communicate narratives from our forefathers, preserve principles from our traditions, and adapt practices from our local cultures. We seek to strengthen our local communities with opportunities for social interaction and family time.
Chef Sebastian Liu, has more than 10 years of culinary experience. As a service driven Chef, he puts his heart and soul in every dish he creates. He insists on handmaking his ingredients, in hopes that the souls of his diners can be nourished.
Sebastian is knowledgeable in multiple cuisines including Italian pasta and pizza making, French cuisine, Spanish pastry making and Australian meat curing. His broad knowledge and experiences empowers him to be versatile and innovative. Sometimes he might have a secret item off the menu as he likes to explore pushing the culinary boundaries.
Rickshaw Coffee bridges people through coffee conversations strengthening communities. A great cup of coffee can only taste good when you pour your heart into it.
Singapore's traditional Hainanese Coffee is unique to the world and their recipes are passed down from generation to generation. Like an artist at work, these coffee roasters lock in the bold flavours using a hand folding method to maintain the temperature of the beans. A dark nanyang roast is achieved through the caramelised sugar and butter coated on each and every robusta bean.
We roast our own arabica blends and will be launching our new COFFEE+ series of blends made for different community partners across Singapore.
PEARL HILL SATAY
The story of Pearl Hill Satay brings us back to the scene of the "Tiong Bahru Satay Man" also known as Ah Pui selling his satay illegally in the back alleys of Tiong Bahru with his iconic wooden pushcart. People in the estate would flock down and grab their satay fix before the authorities would chase him. He was the last satay pushcart hawker in Singapore before he was forced to stop after his cart was compounded. Ah Pui was with Pearl Hill for a 2 years stint where he taught his first apprentice, Ben who innovated the satay with the team to bring you new variants. The 195 Pearl Hill Satay is a made from premium cuts but retaining the traditions and practices from the early days. If you know Ben, he values the process and never just the outcomes. The artistry of satay making will always be preserved for generations to enjoy and reminisce with our signature satay sauce and pineapple puree. The proportion of meat and fats in every stick of satay promises a balance of flavours when grilled over charcoal. Together the secret sauce past down from generations for over 40 years, it has become a hot favourite for families for an afternoon snack.
Directions via Train:
5 min walk from Exit C @ Chinatown Station (Downtown Line & North-East Line).
Walk into People’s Park Food Centre and exit from the back of the food centre.
You will see a flight of steps near the car park gantry opposite the food centre that leads up to a four-storey building that is 195 Pearls Hill Terrace.
After ascending the intimidating flight of stairs, enter the building at the ground floor. We are the anchor tenant at #01-56.
Directions via Car:
Turn left into Pearl's Hill Terrace from Eu Tong Sen Street, and drive 100m uphill to arrive at a large blue sign that says 195 Pearl's Hill Terrace. Drive in.
Ample parking available at $1.00/30min - one of the cheapest in the CBD (with no grace period)!