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“Easy Peranakan cooking”
Review of Candlenut

Candlenut
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Ranked #329 of 11,201 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 August 5, 2014

I was pleased after a long day to discover Candlenut literally across the concourse from my hotel. And I was doubly pleased to be able to sample a really unique local cuisine during my brief stay in Singapore.
The simplicity of the restaurant was matched by the warmth of the welcome and arriving at 8pm with no reservation was no problem. The restaurant was pleasantly buzzy and obviously people were enjoying g themselves.
As I was dining solo I asked for advice to ensure I sampled the signature dishes. Personally I couldn't resist the wing bean salad - a light, tangy combination of green beans, prawns, cashew nuts, lime juice, mint and coriander. Utterly delicious. I had this with the house speciality - beef Buah Keluak. What looked dark and daunting was rich, smooth and unlike anything I had ever tasted. A must have.
Service was friendly and efficient and the drinks and meal arrived quickly. It was a thoroughly positive experience.
If you are staying at the adjacent Dorsett Hotel you will get a 10% discount. Just another reason to enjoy,

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Reviewed July 31, 2014

We like to find interesting local food wherever we go, but were in the mood for something a bit nicer (and cooler) than the outdoor hawker centers in Singapore. Candlenut to the rescue! No reservation, but they found us seats immediately. The staff took the time to explain the Peranakan ingredients and traditional foods so that we could order more knowledgeably. We truly enjoyed the pork belly and the prawns which were each cooked in unique sauces with such exotic ingredients as candlenuts (hence the name) and sambal. There were spicy and mild dishes to please any palate. These are rather small plates - a bit more food than a typical tapas plate but less than a full dinner order - so be aware that you may want to order 3 to 5 dishes for two of you. The wine was adequate but not exceptional; the service attentive; the atomosphere pleasant (hooray a/c!); the price reasonable for Singapore. All in all, we enjoyed a unique cuisine, well-cooked and delicious. Candlenut made it easy to be more adventurous with the palate without the fear of mysterious ingredients! Bravo.

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Reviewed July 9, 2014

Fantastic place to bring someone to if you want to introduce them to peranakan food but want a restaurant type setting. I went with Singaporean friends and we'd all grown up eating plenty of peranakan food and the food here was really fantastic. Standouts were the Buah Keluak, Pork Belly and Assam Sotong, we ordered one each of all the desserts and they were delicious, the buah keluak ice cream one being particularly enjoyable, the chilli flakes creating a rather astonishing combination of flavors in the mouth that id never experienced before, slightly befuddling but also entirely welcome. the dining atmosphere was also extremely comfortable, previous reviews mention it being too brightly lit, that wasnt my experience at all, and the service was very attentive and friendly.

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Reviewed May 29, 2014

Tried this establishment with a friend who has some craving for some good Peranakan food and after some very good review.

Babi pongteh - good taste and reasonable portion
kueh pie too - average
Assam Sotong - quite good
Sambal lady's finger(okra) - well executed

Cendol - super small portion and very average taste
Mango snow flake dessert - refreshing

Service - pretty good
Ambience - good
Location - easily accessible via train/bus/cab/walk

worth a try but not likely to go again.

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Thank eddiensw
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Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Didn't realise we had such a gem so close to our hotel. It looked quiet every time we went past but that was quite a bit later at night.

Decided to try and totally glad we did. The food was delicious. Special mention to the stinky beans. They were the bomb.

Service very attentive and definately reccomending this eatery to anyone traveling to Singapore.

Thank Aussie_Nate
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