3SCS C •
30 Dec 2013
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.