Battle Box Museum Banquet

BATTLE BOX Banquet!!


Gourmet Food, Winning Wines, Mystery and History coalesced in a unique evening of fun and gastronomy…..


Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet organized a very special Gourmet Wine Dinner with The Legends on Fort Canning Hill. This was the first time a Wine Dinner had been held in this historic museum! The actual dinner venue was at “The Battle Box” which was the top secret British Malaya Command Headquarters – Command, Control & Communications & Intelligence Centre (C3I) during World War 2. The waitresses and waiters dressed up in old costumes and the guests dined as if it was on February 12 in 1942, just before the fall of Singapore to the Japanese on February 15, 1942. We dined in O/C Far East Command General Percival’s Officers’ Mess  in this fascinating complex of tunnels and secret passages. Connoisseurs of  Singapore’s history, superb wines and gourmet food really enjoyed themselves at this unique event. The featured wines were from E & J Gallo of California, USA. It was held on Friday 26 August 2005 from 1830 till very late. The cost for a four course Gourmet meal cooked by the Chef of The Legends club with three wines was only S$100 nett per person. Due to the exclusivity of this event and the size of the secret rooms in The Battle Box complex, only 20 diners enjoyed this unique experience. Belinda Sunshine of MediaCorp’s Radio Singapore International was one of the VIP guests. The wines and food were specially selected by the renowned Travelling Gourmet who also gave a short Wine Appreciation lecture and guided tasting. Guests enjoyed an eerie VIP tour of The Battle Box and  re-lived the colourful history of Singapore in the exciting days of World War 2. The STB and The Legends maintain this old C3 Centre as a National Heritage historical property which is kept frozen in a time warp – as far as possible everything is in the state it was in on February 15, 1942. This was the day Britain surrendered our beloved Singapore to the Japanese.


Battle Box


Tucked into the hillside of Fort Canning is The Battle Box, the largest underground command centre of the British Malaya Command Headquarters during World War II. Comprising 22 rooms linked by a corridor, this complex is bomb-proof and was also capable of recycling its own air supply. The Battle Box has undergone extensive restoration and through the use of special audio-visual effects, and high-quality animatronics, visitors are able to relive the morning of 15 February 1942 when Singapore fell to the Japanese.

Open: 10am – 6pm (Tue – Sun and public holidays). Last entry is at 5pm.
SGD 8 adults, SGD 5 children (under 12 years)
Approximate Touring Time:
1 hour
51 Canning Rise Singapore 179872
(65) 6333 0510
(65) 6333 0590
Getting There: Take the MRT to Dhoby Ghaut Station (NS24) and walk uphill past Park Mall and towards Fort Canning Road.


About thetravellinggourmet

As a renowned Travel, Food & Wine Writer he has travelled the world in a keen & indomitable pursuit of exotic delicacies & fine wines. His articles have been published in over 20 prestigious publications, both local & international. Dr. Lim has toured and trained in Wine Evaluation & Oenology in most of the world's top wine producing areas from France to Australia. The Travelling Gourmet says, "Gastronomy has no frontier. These are the gastronomic voyages of The Travelling Gourmet. My unending mission. To explore strange new cuisines, to seek out new wines and new culinary experiences, to boldly go where no gourmet has gone before...." Have pen, will travel. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any other information storage & retrieval system, without permission from Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet and/or MSN. Material may be works of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents may be true but may also be products of the author's imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance whatsoever to actual person or persons, either dead or living, events, or locales may be entirely and purely coincidental and unintentional. No part of this website may be used to villify others or for criminal purposes. Interests: Travel, Food, Wines, Cooking, Wine Appreciation, Parachuting, Languages, Music, Reading, Swimming, Hunting, Ballet, Fencing, Archery, Anthropology and more... The Travelling Gourmet is a copyrighted trademark. All rights and photos reserved. No part may be reproduced without permission.
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