When we heard that chef-owner of mod Middle-Eastern restaurant Artichoke and Masterchef Singapore judge Bjorn Shen, 38, was starting a new concept, we got in touch with him to get the lowdown. What kind of restaurant is it going to be? Will it be like his tiny four-seat private dining space, Small’s? Is it going to remain a pizza restaurant? Why is he opening something new after the ravages of Covid-19?

Turns out, it’s not a restaurant. Well, kinda. Rather, it’s a test kitchen located on the second floor of casual modern Japanese restaurant The Refinery at King George’s Road, which used to house a cocktail bar. When he feels like it, he’ll accept reservations for private dining guests.

We also asked him about the lessons he’s learnt from the Circuit Breaker and how much the pause in business cost his restaurant. True to form, the unabashed Bjorn was nothing but candid. 

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