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2004 Novena Peranakan Cuisine

AsianNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan
Around since 2004, 2004 Novena Peranakan Cuisine serves very homestyle Peranakan food at reasonable pricing. Order from the ala carte menu or the value for money dinner set for only SGD13+ to 16+ per pax. The restaurant is clean and tidy, adding on to the dining experience.

Daily: 11:30 - 15:00

Daily: 17:30 - 22:00

+65 62561430
$16 based on 15 submissions
Children/Family (5 votes), Dinner (4 votes), Lunch (4 votes)
SCS C

good food but tragically bad service

hotos and more: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/2004-novena-peranakan-cuisine-novena/

good food but tragically, hysterically-funnily bad service – we’re almost never coming back, which is such a waste. but my family loves food, and when someone tries to stop us from ordering more – well, we don’t really like that. but the food is good – and if you have smaller appetites, you’ll do just fine here.

  the food was delicious, though – the tamarind prawns were tangy and not-too-sweet, not heavily sauced, and fresh and springy; lady fingers came in a simple stir-fry with smaller prawns, wholesome and flavorful; an onion omelette was fluffy (though a tad greasy); the rendang coconutty and tender; and the chap chye braised till deep savory and not salty at all.   the only let-down (gastronomically) was the rice, which was clumpy, broken, and slightly too sticky – but went down quickly enough with the delicious sauces.   the single male host (the owner, perhaps?) had a strange ordering manner – it was rather obnoxious and blatantly unfriendly: it really felt as though he was doing us a favor by even serving us at all, and that I don’t understand.   so it was unpleasant service, and made for a pretty pathetic dinner for us (we like to eat our fills, and that means quite a bit of food) – and well darn it all, because this was some tasty peranakan cooking.

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30 Dec 2013 • 245 reviews • 1 follower

good food but tragically bad service

hotos and more: http://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2013/12/13/2004-novena-peranakan-cuisine-novena/

good food but tragically, hysterically-funnily bad service – we’re almost never coming back, which is such a waste. but my family loves food, and when someone tries to stop us from ordering more – well, we don’t really like that. but the food is good – and if you have smaller appetites, you’ll do just fine here.

  the food was delicious, though – the tamarind prawns were tangy and not-too-sweet, not heavily sauced, and fresh and springy; lady fingers came in a simple stir-fry with smaller prawns, wholesome and flavorful; an onion omelette was fluffy (though a tad greasy); the rendang coconutty and tender; and the chap chye braised till deep savory and not salty at all.   the only let-down (gastronomically) was the rice, which was clumpy, broken, and slightly too sticky – but went down quickly enough with the delicious sauces.   the single male host (the owner, perhaps?) had a strange ordering manner – it was rather obnoxious and blatantly unfriendly: it really felt as though he was doing us a favor by even serving us at all, and that I don’t understand.   so it was unpleasant service, and made for a pretty pathetic dinner for us (we like to eat our fills, and that means quite a bit of food) – and well darn it all, because this was some tasty peranakan cooking.
09 Nov 2013 • 80 reviews • 0 follower

Great Assam Pedas!! And good value set lunch for $12.90

I don't know why it took me so many years to discover this great Peranakan food that is very home cooked. Assam Pedas is my favourite, followed up Ayam Goreng. More pics and details at http://www.eatprayflying.com/novena-peranakan-cuisine-novena/

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17 Mar 2012 • 711 reviews • 83 followers

Cooks, serves and cashier for Peranakan Food

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 !!

09 Jan 2011 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Really, really good!!

I have to say that I was a bit sceptical as my mum is a Nonya (excellent cook BTW) and I am fussy when it comes to Peranakan cuisine. As I had an appointment with IRAS (next building), I decided to come here for lunch first after reading some reviews on HGW... And I am pretty glad I did!

As I was alone, there was only so many dishes I could order so I decided to go for the Ayam Buah Keluak (as I am HUGE Buah Keluak fan) and the Sambal Brinjal. There are three sizes to choose from and I went for the small for both. Portion size was pretty good and they did fill me up well. The Brinjal came with quite a bit of small prawns which was really, really good (although I can't eat prawns). I was so tempted to like the claypot-like bowl clean but managed to stop myself just in time! The Ayam Buah Keluak was good as well but I would have expected more pieces of the nuts (came with two pieces), however this is pretty common with almost all Peranakan eateries.

Overall pretty good but I guess the Sambal Brinjal and Sambal Belachan could have been a more spicier.. Still I will definately go back and try the other items on offer.

16 Jun 2010 • 7 reviews • 0 follower

Cosy place, friendly staff, nice food

almost

every week we will eat once at novena peranakan cuisine for their delicious assam pedas

fish meat, ayam buah keluak, original ngoh hiang and more… the set meal with 3

dishes, a drink and dessert just make our day a pleasant one. we have been patronizing

even before our baby girl’s arrival and it has been almost a year now. it just

like our 3rd home with cosy environment, friendly staff and delicious

meal.