Mon & Tue: 11.15am - 5.15pm, Wed to Sun: 11.15am - 9.30pm
Serving Peranakan food such as laksa, mee sian and desserts, Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe is located along Heng Mui Keng Terrace, with more cafes and a restaurant located around Singapore. They also provide catering services.
What can you expect here? A decent selection of peranakan dishes priced very affordably. Prices are all nett.
An array of peranakan dishes that includes beef rendang, curry- and braised chicken, fried dory in gravy, chap chye, pig innards soup, mee siam, assam laksa, tahu goreng, deep fried and breaded otah, kong bak bao, chee kueh, chee cheong fun, siew mai, kueh pie tie plus a selection of nonya kueh and desserts.
1. Beef rendang: Beef was soft and succelent. Kept returnng for more. Well worth the calories.
2. Fried dory in gravy: it was flavourful and wasn't oily.
3. Braised chicken in dark gravy: the blend of spices gave it a nice punch w/o overwhelming the flavours
4. Efficient service: service staff was quick to replenish the buffet items
5. I didn't try the nonya kuehs but my family did and they liked it
6. Green bean soup: mother-approved. enff said.
7. The wallet left happy: at $24 nett. It's dirt cheap for a buffet spread.
8. Pretty peranakan ceramic plates on display
1. The chap chye was lacklustre: certaintly expected better. It was rather bland.
2. Drinks lacked variety: only water, lemon tea and hot black coffee was available.
3. Dessert was okay: chendol would've been a better choice. But well, it's subjective.
4. Obscure location. Venue itself was slightly dated in terms of design.
I had an enjoyable meal here. There are better choices around but for this price, it's definitely worth a shot.
Booked restaurant for bday function over the phone. Checked time and again and told the manager that I do not mind having outsiders in the cafe as I don't have many guests, so no point booking the whole cafe. When I went down to pay deposit, I double checked again, and manager assured me I will just pay for the number of guests that attend the function, with no additional charges. I did not see the word private function in her reservations book. On the actual day however, manager insist I pay extra 300 bucks for closing the venue off and a minimum of 80 pax. I have only 60+ pax based on my guest list ( I actually prepared 1 because she told me previously they were charging based on # of pax). With my guests already arriving, I feel rather cheated. It is not the money but the trust has been broken. Food is good but I suggest the management allow large scale reservations by email so that there will not be any misunderstanding, everything shld go just be written in black and white to avoid such a disappointing situation.
I have to commend this restaurant for the frequent, pleasurable experiences i've had with regard to its buffet, sedap chili and spices, and coconut delights. I never fail to bring a visitor there for lunch when i get the opportunity because I work nearby. Kong ba pao: yes, a tad watery and perhaps too oily for weight-watchers but it pretty much melts in your mouth with the bun enclosed around the meat. Heavenly. Their curries, buah keluak, mixed vegetables and assam sweet sour fish are great-tasting, taste bud-teasingly splendid. I almost never remember what i eat afterward because each dish is so good you simply want to get as much in as possible so you keep moving on to the next. But suffice to say i've tried (with the exception of laksa) all the buffet dishes each time to much satisfaction and joy. And to end the meal particularly with sago, palm sugar and coconut milk desserts is a real treat. The only drawback: that aching bloated feeling in the stomach every time you leave knowing that you've gorged on far too much good food. And repeated musak loops of Bangawan Solo. But it still sure beats the heck out of that awful waste of space at the nearby Shaw Foundation Alumni House they call the University Club Lounge and Dining Rooms.