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House of Indocafe

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AsianNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan
Address: 35/35A Scotts Road, 228227
Indocafe - The White House is a Peranakan themed cafe offering hig tea daily with delicious savoury bites.

Daily: 12:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 23:30

+65 67332656
$58 based on 20 submissions
Dinner (5 votes), Business Dining (3 votes), Quiet (3 votes)

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Eat here for a very good overall dining experience.

This old British Colonial house on Scotts road just has a character that no newly built hotel or restaurant can compare,  except perhaps Raffles.

The dining rooms are wide, quiet and built to absorb sound with nooks and cranies for table settings.  A must do for Romantic Peranakan dinner.

Food:  As a Peranakan,  I am quite hard to please when dining Peranakan food.  The follow dishes were exceptinoal:  The prawns masak assam (cooked in a sour spicey sauce),  large prawns were used in a well balanced pineapple, assam, tomato, tumeric, lime, gracy.  Delicious to the last drop.  The beef rendang was well prepared, soft and tasty, not too spicey.  We ordered white rice and the buah keluak fried rice.  Tasty but not enough buah keluak taste - my preference is for Nasik Rawon. Kueh pai ti was also well served and with crab meat with a good chilli and dressing.  The cod fish sour and spicey style was well made, but the serving could be larger.

I would avoid ordering the chap chye,  it is just not stewed adequately with stiff and hard soy bean skin,  lacking in taste. 

Value:   Prices are high for small portions,  so be prepared to pay for good food.

Ambience;  Outstanding.

Service:  Quietly good and unobstrusive.

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• 17 Nov 2015 • 775 reviews • 89 followers

Eat here for a very good overall dining experience.

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This old British Colonial house on Scotts road just has a character that no newly built hotel or restaurant can compare,  except perhaps Raffles.

The dining rooms are wide, quiet and built to absorb sound with nooks and cranies for table settings.  A must do for Romantic Peranakan dinner.

Food:  As a Peranakan,  I am quite hard to please when dining Peranakan food.  The follow dishes were exceptinoal:  The prawns masak assam (cooked in a sour spicey sauce),  large prawns were used in a well balanced pineapple, assam, tomato, tumeric, lime, gracy.  Delicious to the last drop.  The beef rendang was well prepared, soft and tasty, not too spicey.  We ordered white rice and the buah keluak fried rice.  Tasty but not enough buah keluak taste - my preference is for Nasik Rawon. Kueh pai ti was also well served and with crab meat with a good chilli and dressing.  The cod fish sour and spicey style was well made, but the serving could be larger.

I would avoid ordering the chap chye,  it is just not stewed adequately with stiff and hard soy bean skin,  lacking in taste. 

Value:   Prices are high for small portions,  so be prepared to pay for good food.

Ambience;  Outstanding.

Service:  Quietly good and unobstrusive.
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  • Buah keluak fried rice and chap chye
• 17 Mar 2015 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Major Disappointment

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This is a beautiful place with decent service. Unfortunately, the food is a major let down and does injustice to the location or ambience. The execution was extremely poor despite the use of quality ingredients, such as low grade wagyu beef and garoupa. The Refreshing Prawn Mango Salad was anything but refreshing, with overcooked prawns and mango slices that were too sour for consumption. The Kacang Panjang Tempoyak came with very stiff and tasteless beans and prawns that felt like it has been left overnight for days. The chap chye was bland and even below the standard of what you will find in run of the mill penaraken buffets. The Chye Buey came with a overwhelming pungent smell of raw pork. The White Chocolate Lemongrass Bar was a sugar overkill without much by the way of cocoa or lemongrass undertone. The main courses of beef and groupa were barely passable. We would not have mind it if this was served at the hawker center or budget cafe, but this is unbefitting of what is supposedly a fine dining establishment, even at what is supposedly a heavily discounted price of $95. Simply one of the worst meal we had in the past 4-5 editions of restaurant week where we have had more than 50 meals. We will not step foot again in this establishment.

 
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• 05 Sep 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Cosy dining place with delicious peranakan food.

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IndoCafe – A place I have noticed for a long time and passed by almost every working day. It was my wife’s birthday celebration that brought me there. Located at Scotts road (walking distance from Newton), the restaurant is housed in a cosy-looking colonial bungalow with both Indonesian and Peranakan interior decorations. For drivers, it comes with free parking too (not many lots though). We are greeted with welcoming staff. The waiter brought us water and took the effort to recommend us the popular dishes.
Kueh Pie Tee – The pastry was thin and crispy. It was tasty, not oily and yet fragrant. You can actually eat it on its own. But clearly you wouldn’t want to do that because the fillings were so good. It came with crab meat which adds that freshness into the juicy bite. Must Try!
Terong Balado – The egg plant was well pan fried and topped with rich spicy gravy. You can taste the delicious coconut milk and yet not too rich to overpower the whole dish.
Tau Yu Bak – The sauce was good but I had better. The meat was cooked to perfection. It still holds the shape of the meat while the meat was tender and flavourful. The meat was very well proportioned in terms of fats and meat.
Ayam Buah Keluak – The sauce was tasty in my opinion. Most of my friends found it so-so and some didn’t like it.
Bak Poey – Can’t really determine what makes it good. A good vegetable dish to add fibre to your meal.
Beef Rendang – The best dish of the night for me. The gravy was very thick and yet not tired of eating it all night. I had many beef rending before, but none has maintained the tenderness of the beef. IndoCafe did it so well..... MUST TRY!
Sambal Petai – Very delicious vegetable dish with fresh prawns. Nothing spectacular to pin point but just a good dish not to miss.
Chendol Panna Cotta – Very smooth texture with chendol flavour. Something special and ends your dinner well. But it wouldn’t wow you.
Coconut Alaska – I like this best out of the 3 desserts we have ordered. The shredded coconut, ice cream and cream just blend so well with the Vodka. MUST TRY!
Bubur Hitam – Sweetness and thickness were just nice. You might want to opt out if you have no more room.
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