Daily: 11:00 - 15:00
Daily: 18:00 - 22:00
This jauntily-named Nonya family restaurant is headed by a true-blue Peranakan chef. All the familiar favourites are on the menu, as well as some of the chef's family recipes such as kari lemak udang kertak (crayfish made with a curry of ground spices and curry powder). The rendang dishes tend to be served with more sauce to suits customers' preferences.
Offering Peranakan cuisine that is all the rage since popularized by a local TV drama, I love the fresh and juicy sambal prawns which packs quite a kick to tastebuds, and tender chap chye smelling so fragrantly of star anise. I did not really like the pulau hitam though which find a tad too sweet. Service was warm and attentive.
We had the Ayam Buah Keluak, Assam Fish, Curry Egg Tofu, Brinjals, Chap Chye, Beef Rendang, Sago Pudding, Lemongrass Jelly and Durian Penget. I had never had Ayam Buah Keluak before and found it quite satisfying. The other dishes were all quite tasty as well, with exception of the Chap Chye which I thought wasn't the best. But I was quite impressed with the Assam Fish, Beef Rendang and Tofu. The dishes do come in small portions though. The desserts, on the other hand, came in generous portions and were very delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed the sago pudding with gula melaka and coconut milk. I am not a fan of durian, but everyone else at the table enjoyed the durian penget.
I had wanted to take my parents for peranankan food for Mom's birthday dinner and was scouting the Internet for a good nonya restaurant. Of the Top 5 listed on one website, I had been to 2 and was not impressed. I decided to be brave to take my folks to Peramakan at Keppel Club, also on the Top 5 list, without first trying the food on my own -something I have never done before.
Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Mom likes Buah Keluak, and the resturant has this novel idea of serving Buah Keluak without the chicken! so Mom ordeed 6 pieces ($1.50 each). For meats, we had the Ayam Kleo($14) which is cooked just right with a flavourful coconut gravy that can match Mom's superb homecooked ayam; Nonya Pork Ribs($14) which is cooked till tender and served in a tasty brown sauce; Lamb Rendang($18) which Mom approved of(phew!); Ikan Garam Assam($16) served in a pleasant sweet sour assam sauce and the Nonya Ngoh Hiang($12) which is good but nonetheless second to Mom's. Not a heavy meat eater, my favourite dish was the Nonya chapchye($10).
My husband who is vegetarian was thrilled that there were 2 pages of Nonya Vegetarian food on the menu!. He ordered the Vegetarian Ayam Buah Keluak($16) and relished every bit of it as it is impossible to get this dish any where else. He also had the Nonya Tauhu($14) which is simply fried Taukwa served with sliced mushroom in a homemade nonya sauce and the Nonya Bendhi($10).
The 5 of us shared 2 desserts - the hot Bubur ChaCha(($5) - decent but not impressive and the Sago Gula Melaka($4) which had a generous dose of Gula Melaka that was too sweet for my liking but enjoyed by my folks.
I will certainly go back again to try the Otar(recommended for the restaurant manager) and more importantly, because Mom likes the food and there are good vegetarian options for my hubby.