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House of Indocafe

AsianNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan
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
$70 based on 18 submissions
Dinner (5 votes), Business Dining (3 votes), Quiet (3 votes)
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Cosy dining place with delicious peranakan food.

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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05 Sep 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Cosy dining place with delicious peranakan food.

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.
19 Jun 2014 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

Hearty Peranakan Fare

The House of Indocafe has been offering Peranakan food for lunch, dinner and even hi-tea.

At a recent dinner visit, I started with the warm homemade barley - ideal after a day of drinking.

For my starters I also tried the Kueh Pie Tee. I liked that it was not too wet and had crab meat to end it with a lighter taste.

I also tried the five spiced Ngoh Hiang but the one starter to try is the Classic Penang Otah. Think of this as a "chawanmushi" in a bowl made of otah.

From the main courses I tried the Ikan Masak Merah, cod fillet in red chilli sauce. Chilean cod was used so it had a firm bite.

I also tried the Rendang Sapi - which was really rich tender pieces of beef. Can be really hearty dish by itself.

As Chef was a Penang Peranakan person, we had to try the Ayam Buah Kelauk. Chef does something interesting, which is to remove the black bean paste and reinsert it with some chicken. I still prefer the traditional mode of eating the paste pure out of the seed though.

Pork lovers would love the Babi Pong Teh, mainly because pork belly is used, and this would ensure that each bite melts in the mouth.

Finally, for something light, the Chap Chye of Penang style stir fried vegetables will do the trick.

Dessert was the Burbur Cha Cha, a thick mix of yam and sweet potatoes to end the very hearty meal.

Dishes here may look small but they fill you up pretty quickly, and is designed to feed larger groups. Ideal for family gatherings.

19 Mar 2014 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Excellent Nonya fare

Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/03/indocafe-white-house.html

The food at Indocafe is exquisitely refined, executed with much finesse, and service was, notwithstanding the lack of a dinner crowd, attentive, genuine and warm. 

We had:

1) Kueh Pie Tee ($10): deconstructed for DIY-aficionados, choc-a-bloc with a gazillion ingredients; crabmeat, prawns, pork belly. mushrooms, turnips, carrots and French beans. Although a sweetish garlicky chilli sauce rode alongside, ask for their sambal belachan instead. Its pungent fiery spice is much more compatible with the light clear taste of the filling.If you run out of kueh pie tee cups before you're done with the stuffing, they're more than happy to refill the cups.

2) Chap Chye ($14): best rendition ever! The cabbage, carrots, black fungus, beancurd skin, prawns, and pork skin harmonized into a symphony of varied textures and sweetness in a rich but balanced prawn stock base.

3) Tau Yu Bak ($22): a seldom seen dish in Peranakan restaurants but very often served in most Nonya households; meltingly tender and thoroughly flavourful, having infused all of that luscious premium dark soy

4) Pulot Hitam ($8): sweetened black glutinous rice porridge swirled with salted coconut milk. This possessed a controlled sweetness that was good to the last drop, but the consistency could have been a little tighter and thicker.
12 Mar 2013 • 34 reviews • 0 follower

Poached Mag's Review of Indocafe

For the full review with pictures, click http://poachedmag.com/2013/03/01/review-indocafe-a-diamond-in-the-making/

IndoCafe – The White House has all the right ingredients of a great dining establishment, but something is amiss. Walking into the colonial bungalow on a pouring evening feels like coming home to a warm sanctuary. It must be the rustic hardwood tables and rattan chairs, the beautifully nuanced Indonesian carvings and Peranakan accents, and the smiley disposition of the maître d’. Yet there’s an unnecessary opulence about the place that makes dining here a little stressful, especially for a cuisine whose greatest pride is in its homeliness. The waiters are perkish and neatly decked out in vests, knowledgeable to a point of mild obsession. The food is plated immaculately, presented with a religious adherence to defined service protocols. “This is fine-dining, silly,” you might say, but for an experience that is so perfectly calibrated, there was no other customer dining throughout our 2-hour meal at the Scotts Road culinary gem. You cannot fault the food. We absolutely loved the Penang Otah ($10) – if Chawanmushi and Thai fish cake had a lovechild, this would be it. Dotted with substantial flakes of seabass, the silky otah just slips down your throat, leaving traces of complex spice. We had loads of fun assembling our Kueh Pie Tee($10), filling the pastry cups with turnip braised till soft and sweet, and topping them with shreds of crabmeat and dried shrimp. A garlicky hot sauce, worthy to be slurped on its own, adorns what is indisputably the showpiece of Peranakan cuisine. In between bites of IndoCafe’s family-style dishes, give the quadrilogy ofkeropoks – the restaurant’s equivalent of a bread basket – some love. After all, they deserve it, what with lobster, prawn, onion and belinjio (a type of nut used to make Indonesian chips) flavours, accompanied with a piquant nonya acharand a salted fish relish. The mains impressed and made us wonder why the one-year-old eatery has been under the radar for so long. We couldn’t say the same for the desserts though, so we’re hoping that this part of the menu continues to stay low-profile. For the mains, the Beef Rendang ($32) deftly combined chewy tendon and tender cheek flesh in a coconut gravy so flavourful, it’s almost as if the stew had been simmering forever. The Seabass in a Gulai Tumis dish ($40) is first fried then drenched in nonya curry, providing great textural contrasts and flavour combinations. It’s not too fleshy a fish we had, but since the sour curry was begging for rice, we were filled nonetheless. The Ayam Buah Keluak ($24) was not the writer’s favourite, but then again, it is a first try at the Straits-Chinese classic. It was hard to dig out the mix of minced chicken and buah kelauk from the Indonesian nut without the potential danger of sending the nut flying across the dining room...
22 Feb 2013 • 74 reviews • 34 followers

Peranakan indulgence at Indocafe

See my full review with pics here: http://citynomads.com/reviews/restaurants/367/peranakan-indulgence-at-indocafe-the-white-house

You know when you finally get to a restaurant which has been around for some time, and you have that moment where you think - why have I not been here before? Well that was my sentiment towards Indocafe, The White House. If you're into Peranakan cuisine...but perhaps something a little more modern and high end, if you haven't yet graced their doors with your presence...then perhaps it's about time you did. Set in one of those lovely colonial buildings on Scotts Road (you know the ones I mean don't you?), this is the place to savour every detailed flavour of fine Nonya dishes. And it's a big job, as the menu is VERY extensive indeed! First to wake up our palates was the Bok Nee - Black Fungus & Chicken Salad ($12). A mighty fine and fabulously zingy salad whose unique flavour is thanks to a playful lime and sambal dressing.
Those of you familiar with the quintessential Peranakan dish Ayam Buah Kelauk - Braised Chicken Scented with Black Nut ($24) will know that the Buah Kelauk is naturally poisonous. However fear not Nomads because when cooked accordingly, it's perfectly safe and brings with it that wonderful, typical, smokey mushroom flavour. Delicious.
The Sapi Kicap Manis - Sweet Soya Sauce Beef Steak ($32) is a must here. Deliciously succulent pan-grilled Wagyu beef sirloin this is a good example of how Indocafe moves with the times and does contemporary well. Sticky. Sweet. Flavoursome. And very more-ish! This is definitely one dish I would come back for at the drop of a hat. The Tau Cheong Hu - Bean Paste Silver Pomfret ($40) was another winner. The combination of the crispy exterior, delicate interior and rich bean paste sauce made for a happy marriage of elements. Ever on the quest for a really good beef rendang, Indocafe's is definitely up there, as it well should be for $32. The complex and unique flavours we have all come to know and love, unfolding layer after layer, was made all the more better by fabulously juicy chunks of Wagyu.

Read the rest of my review here: http://citynomads.com/reviews/restaurants/367/peranakan-indulgence-at-indocafe-the-white-house