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“Divine peranakan dining”
Review of Candlenut

Ranked #380 of 11,073 Restaurants in Singapore
Cuisines: Asian, Singaporean
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: The world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut takes a contemporary yet authentic approach to traditional Straits-Chinese cuisine. The restaurant serves up refined Peranakan cuisine that preserves the essence and complexities of traditional food, with astute twists that lift the often rich dishes to a different level. Helmed by chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut is committed to continually create inspired and elevated Peranakan dishes using the freshest seasonal produce available.
Reviewed December 12, 2013

We really enjoyed our meal at Candlenut Kitchen. The staff showed obvious pride in the food served. We had trouble choosing from the menu, and I could, quite happily, have eaten any one of the dishes. We started with soups which were pleasingly flavourful. We then enjoyed pork and chicken mains, each quite unique, visually pleasing and deliciously well-balanced. Attached to the Dorsett Hotel, this restaurant offered a modern, air-conditioned, though somewhat bland interior. We will definitely make a return visit, when next in Singapore.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013

Based on reviews here, I elected to take a group of American and Australian colleagues for dinner for some authentic local food. (I simply despise overblown places like Ku de Ta or Cut, always preferring the art of a local restaurant operator).

And indeed, the food is remarkable. Beautiful presentations, deliciously fresh ingredients, and a wide variety of options. Nothing was off, nothing over-done or under-done. The curries were sweet and savory, creamy without being heavy, the shrimp was cooked perfectly, and the lamb shank was amazing. A good selection of fun micro-brewed beers and ciders, along with some wine selections (no cocktails).

Unfortunately the ambience negated what should have been a flawless dinner. I'm hoping that this was an isolated incident and not typical of every night, but we started dinner at about 8 pm and the lighting was so bright that it felt as though we were eating in a Walmart or hospital operating room. I found this strange because the food obviously represents a great deal of attention to detail - how they don't understand the importance of ambient lighting escapes me.

I definitely plan to return, but it will be with a different expectation with regard to the experience. The food is phenomenal, but don't expect a either a romantic experience or one worthy of impressing business colleagues. - 1 star for the horrible lighting.

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Reviewed December 4, 2013 via mobile

What a phenomenal experience. The restaurant is modern, bright and casual. Finally a delicious restaurant in Singapore that understands it is in fact a restaurant in Singapore, and therefore is in the middle of the tropics and welcomes people dressed however they feel comfortable. The food was delicious. The service was so genuine and attentive. The prices were extremely reasonable. Everything was spot on!

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Reviewed November 15, 2013

Besides the wonderful nonya food which has already been reviewed as the best, the service was excellent making it difficult to determine if they were family members who owned the restaurant. They were passionate about literally every dish on the menu. To sum up ....a great dining experience which I hope will be consistent including being reasonably priced.

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1  Thank derekmccully
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Reviewed November 5, 2013

I had dinner here with friends - four of us. Peranakan people would never admit that anyone else's food was better than the stuff they get at home. So all four of us agreed that this place served food almost as good. That is very high praise!!

The food was excellent - there is no other word to describe it. Go try it for yourselves!!!

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