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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 12 submissions
Business Dining (4 votes), Anniversary (3 votes), Dinner (3 votes)
SCS C

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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20 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Poor yet great services. Good foods.

My friend and I were visiting Candlenut on 16th December 2014 and honestly said, we encountered some bad issues and good things.
 
 Kinda sad, We had not so good first impression to the restaurant as the hostess seemed did not really welcome us. We were slightly late from our appointment and we apologized as it was kinda hard for us to find the restaurant. Hostess remained silent and smile and looked like she didn't give a d*** on what were we talking.
 
 I was feel ashamed with my friend, who was previously a hotel restaurant manager and has travelled all the way from Shanghai, as he felt displeasure and uncomfortable in the first place.
 
 SERVICE:
 server who served the food, a.k.a runner, was somewhat harsh. A little bit harsh and rush in serving the foods. He has successfully surprised us with the loud voices whenever he served the foods. truthfully saying, somehow we feel irritated with it.
 
 Server -
 We was delighted with the service and the server, who named Yessica Suriya, has mannerly served us as the customers. it began when we asked for food recommendation and before she recommended the foods, she asked for our food preferences and allergies. As a restaurant manager of five stars hotel in his previous career, My friend said he was impressed with the girl first question as it was very rare to hear it as the first question and it indicated the server has showed care towards the customers. it's a good thing to know the customers needs and allergies before you recommended a food.
 
 Yessica personality is confident, warm and cheerful which has successfully made the guest feel appreciated and welcomed. She is communicative and when she found out there were some issues that caused us felt displeasured, she sincerely apologized and tried to divert our attention regarding the displeasure. to be honest, her communication skills has implicitly taken our displeasure away.
 
 FOOD
 The foods were delicious and suit our tastes. The desserts were beyond expectation.
 Buah Kluwak Ice Cream and Durian Soup were superb. Round applauses for the chefs especially the dessert's chef
 
 LOCATION
 slightly hard to be found.
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 • 31 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/