Weighty Man •
17 Mar 2012 • 721 reviews • 85 followers
Reading some of the earlier reviews, I was looking out for the Monster-in-law but could not find her. I found, instead, a lovely man Jeffrey who is the owner, cook, server and cashier for this restaurant. He's from Penang and it shows in the style of Peranakan food that he serves. Opens 2 hrs for lunch, and 2 hrs for dinner, that's all and be punctural as places a limited.
Ambience: Eclectic mix of designs, a whole wall of B n W photos of old scenes in Singapore, I saw a photo of an "ice ball" push cart but fairly comfortable tables and chairs. We met an Australian sitting alfresco who persuaded us to eat here quoting "I eat here all the time".
Food: If there are 2 persons eating, you're better off ordering the $12.90 set per pax (2 x for 2 pax). You can chose one of the three mains with free juice/barley drink and two desserts. We selected the assam sotong pedas (sour squid with chilli), buah keluak (mangrove nut with chicken in black sauce), and the chap chai (mixed vegetables). After a short wait all three appeared on our table piping hot in claypot serving bowls to keep it hot. The squid was delicioius in a very unfamiliar mix of dry sauces. (I'm Singaporean Peranakan you see). The Buah Keluak was a different taste than what I'm used to, and I'm attributing it to the Penang style of cooking, a bit heavy on the ketumba or even some belacan added for flavour. Not so for Singapore style buah keluak ala Ivins / Daisy's Dream kitchen etc. It was still tasty. The Chap Chye is outstanding, we not overly cooked cabbage, and enough fermented soy bean paste for that unique taste. We ended with a tasty barley water, lime juice, with desserts chendol and pulut hitam. The chendol was tastier than the pulut hitam.
Value: Good value, could eat every day.
Service: Jeffrey was very busy but still found time to chat with us. Wonder what would have happened if it was a full house - no time to chat at all !!