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RestaurantCandlenut

Candlenut

Restaurant, $$$, Asian, Peranakan, Dempsey
  • ReservationYes
  • Private Room1
  • Accept Credit CardYes
  • Dress CodeNone
  • Vegetarian Dish10+
  • Bring Your Own BottleYes
  • BuffetNo
  • Corkage$50/Bottle
  • Smoking AreaNo
  • Car ValetNo

Review

The rich and spicy Peranakan fare at Candlenut includes ngoh hiang—crispy tofu skin filled with minced pork, prawns and water chestnuts—in a masterful creation of textures and tastes. Blue swimmer crab curry—a superb combination of tamarind, galangal, kaffir lime leaf and the crustacean—is presented as a golden-hued curry sauce, letting a delightfully citrus taste linger. Spicy rendang of Westholme wagyu beef rib with turmeric leaf is further enhanced by sprinkles of serundeng (spicy fried coconut flakes). For a creatively exotic dessert, order the buah keluak ice cream of Valrhona chocolate, chilli and warm chocolate espuma, and you’ll experience a unique blend of colours, aromas and tastes. The well-executed wine list also includes refreshing thirst-quenchers. Friendly, knowledgeable staff add to the welcoming mood in the bright restaurant, with its spacious seating and thoughtfully designed Peranakan artwork.

TATLER TIP
Candlenut’s “ah-ma-kase” menus for lunch and dinner are recommended for their insights into the chef’s traditional skills coupled with modern interpretations of Peranakan cuisine.

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