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Candlenut Kitchen (Dorsett)

AsianNonyaPeranakan
Candlenut Kitchen is a modern Peranakan restaurant that offers authentic Nonya dishes, wine, proper coffee and modern Nonya desserts.

Mon - Fri: 12:00 - 14:30

Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:00

Sat: 18:00 - 22:00

Closed: Sun & PH

$35 based on 11 submissions
Business Dining (4 votes), Anniversary (3 votes), Dinner (3 votes)
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lovely, delicious peranakan food

hotos and more: https://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/candlenut-kitchen-dorsett-residences-at-outram-park/

lovely, delicious peranakan food at this modern restaurant along the perimeter of the dorsett residences. the food is properly executed with finesse, and it comes dished out in a style you’d associate with european dining.   I’m very impressed with this place – dishes that taste both nostalgic and refined, service is friendly and ready, and we finished our meal with a lady who was sharp and just prickly enough to feel like you’re dealing with a true peranakan aunt.   it’s also convenient, and reasonably priced – really, what more?

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  • Crispy Pork3 votes
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buah keluak chocolate dessert
22 Nov 2014 • 245 reviews • 1 follower

lovely, delicious peranakan food

hotos and more: https://andmorefood.wordpress.com/2014/11/19/candlenut-kitchen-dorsett-residences-at-outram-park/

lovely, delicious peranakan food at this modern restaurant along the perimeter of the dorsett residences. the food is properly executed with finesse, and it comes dished out in a style you’d associate with european dining.   I’m very impressed with this place – dishes that taste both nostalgic and refined, service is friendly and ready, and we finished our meal with a lady who was sharp and just prickly enough to feel like you’re dealing with a true peranakan aunt.   it’s also convenient, and reasonably priced – really, what more?
02 Nov 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Would return, even without Restaurant Week

I went to Candlenut with my parents for Restaurant Week. Food was good, staff were attentive- we intend to return with more family members.

We had a number of canapés, including a laksa-type chanmushi, mini foie gras, glutinious rice with hae bee hiam, and a popiah type roll with laksa leaves and other herbs. Mains- beef cheek with buak keluak sambal, 12 hr pork cheek, barramundi with some sort of chili. Desserts- chendol and coconut jelly/sorbet/cream. 

All were good, maybe with the exception of the 12 jr pork cheek- i'm not too good with too much fat, and also it had this super cartiledge-y crunchy texture. The coconut dessert was a nice, fresh surprise favourite. 

Maybe a minor grouse- portions are small. We added a ngoh hiong for 10 sgd; it came with six small (yummy) slices.

Service was good; servers were pleasant and friendly.

What I liked was that though this was a menu for restaurant week, Candlenut made an effort to serve some of the specialities that they're known for, and thus got us interested in going back for more. Looking forward to the next time! 

Oh- there's valet parking for 6 sgd rught outside the restaurant. The carpark's timy otherwise; unless you're very lucky don't bother.
Crispy Pork Belly ($16)
27 Sep 2014 • 29 reviews • 0 follower

Delicious Peranakan Fusion Food

For more reviews and photos, click here: http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2014/06/candlenut-kitchen-outram.html

Hidden in Dorsett hotel, this quaint place could be easily missed. But behold the food, for these Peranakan food are top-notch. We brought our Peranakan mummy to this place and she was raving about it. Though the portions could be slightly small to share, don't worry, they have free-flow white rice to fill your tummies. The servers are quite friendly and prompt with requests as well.   Sambal Kacang Petai ($14) Stir fried stinky petai beans w tamarind and chilli sambal, crispy shallots   Crispy Pork Belly ($16) w mustard greens, sambal chincalok   Babi Pongteh ($14) Tender pork belly braised in fragrant preserved soy beans gravy topped with chillis   Rendang ($24) Dry aromatic coconut curry w kaffir lime leaves and roasted coconut French duck breast, grilled and served pink 24     Yellow Coconut Curry of Crab ($24) Blue swimmer crab meat, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaf Inspired by the classic prawn nanas dish   Banana Caramel Pudding ($9) Steamed banana cake, caramelized banana, ginger crumble w gula melaka ice cream   The Crispy Pork Belly ($16) with mustard greens, sambal chincalok is a must-try! The skin is really crispy, and the meat really tender. One of the best roasted meats we have savoured with such a price tag. Do ask for more sambal chincalok for they go really well with their fragrant rice.   Their Babi Pongteh ($14), tender pork belly braised in fragrant preserved soy beans gravy topped with chillis, is a sweeter version, but still tasty nonetheless. Again, the meat was braised really tender and flavorful.   While their Sambal Kacang Petai ($14), stir fried stinky petai beans w tamarind and chilli sambal, crispy shallots, is a pretty average dish, the portion is great for 4 persons to share with rice.   Rendang ($24), dry aromatic coconut curry w kaffir lime leaves and roasted coconut with French duck breast, grilled and served pink, is a unique dish, a great fusion between French and Peranakan. The duck meat took a bit more to chew, it was not as tasty as we'd expected, but the presentation and concept was really interesting.   Inspired by the classic prawn nanas dish, the Yellow Coconut Curry of Crab ($24) using blue swimmer crab meat, turmeric, galangal, kaffir lime leaf, is another sweet dish, the crab meat was generous and fresh. The yellow curry is an extremely great accompaniment to the rice.   Banana Caramel Pudding ($9), a steamed banana cake, caramelized banana, ginger crumble topped with gula melaka ice cream. Gula Melaka ice cream is like everywhere now, and this place does it quite well too. The main character, their steamed banana, is soft and moist. A perfect dessert to end our dinner!   They have also interesting drinks which you'd never have thought of mixing together. Curry Leaf with Soda, and many other varieties.
31 Aug 2014 • 12 reviews • 0 follower

Modern Twist to Peranakan Food

Chef Malcom Lee is making news with his modern take on our well loved Pernanakan cuisine. We ate a total of 15 dishes and came out feeling well fed and happy, although with a slight dent on the pocket. If you have a thing for buah keluak in particular, give it a try. You will be surprised by what the menu has to offer!

For a greater scoop of my experience at Candlenut, click on:
http://mychefdoeuvre.com/2014/08/31/sg-candlenut-inspired-peranakan-cuisine/
18 Jun 2014 • 711 reviews • 83 followers

New location, small portions and still tasty.

Nearly went to the old location as advised by friends but luckily I checked HGW and find this new place at New Bridge Rd.

Food- did not order buah keluak because it doesn't have whole nuts in it. just the paste in a gravy.  Ting - failure.  Other flops were:  Bak Wan Kepitaing (crab meat balls) in a primarily chicken stock with minimal bamboo shoot.  Ting - flop.  

However there were some good dishes:  We enjoyed the Babi Poh Teh,  soy bean paste with pork belly,  every piece was delicious;  the black squid ink with baby squid.  Use the large squids lah not the baby ones,  large squids have more bite and meat;  the winged bean salad (four corner bean with lime based dressing), but please don't use the Tai Sun ikan bilis, and rock hard cashew nuts as dressing,  Doesn't go with this dish !

The Ngoh Hiang was so so,   Didn't order dessert cause we were too full with the large pot of free rice !  Free cold water too !  Would go back for this reason.

Value:  Acceptable price for the good dishes,  waste of money for the others.  All are small servings meant for 1 pax to eat.  Not enough to share with others.

Service:  Part timers trying their best.

Ambience:  No trace of Peranakan except for the cards and paintings done by Cherry Law.