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Spice Peranakan

AsianNonyaNonya / PeranakanPeranakan

Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00

Mon - Sat: 17:30 - 22:00

Closed: Sun & PH

+65 67388887
$29 based on 34 submissions
Dinner (14 votes), Lunch (14 votes), Children/Family (12 votes)
alexischeong

Quietest place for dinner

Full review on: http://takeko.blogspot.com/2011/12/food-review-spice-peranakan-at-centros.html

On the eve's eve of Christmas, guess where I had dinner? Biopolis. That's right, you heard correctly. The reason is very valid -- town will be jam packed with the friday weekend pre-christmas frenzied shoppers who are thronging with a vengeance. Plus, there is a possibility of the Orchard Pond making an appearance. I do not fancy getting ankle or shin deep into muddy waters. My feet was already soggy from the day's rains even though I am wearing sandals, so no thanks!

So me and my bestie ZQ devoted our energy to finding the most "ULU" place in Singapore to have a meal, and that's when I suggested Spice Peranakan because I just read about it recently on ieatishootipost in Dr. Tay's Circle Line trip. It has to be the most deserted place ever, and we were right.

From the circle line station we had to walk up a hill towards Biopolis, and find the building called Centros - there was actually a cafe and a Indian restaurant in that same building too. Wow, never knew this place had anything other than cold concrete. Spice had quite a few patrons when we were there - they were finishing up though, as we only reached at 8.30pm.

We ordered the otah otah, chap chye and beef rendang! ZQ was looking very much forward to the rendeng, having read good things about it. It was the best dish among the lot. However, the otah was jam packed with spices and quite spicy, which makes it really satisfying. The chap chye was normal, nothing much to shout about. The sambal chili on the other hand, was uber spicy so much so that zq was perspiring from having it! I of course steered far away from that red stuff, the spice wuss I am.

The side dish of anchovies was also quite appetizing. Caution on ordering dubious drinks though - my honey lemon lime drink tasted weird because there was plum bits in it, which was not written in the menu itself. The lemongrass drink zq had was normal. Next time I'll stick to canned drinks!

Overall it works out to be around 25 per person. Slightly on the pricey side but hey, they have a tough location. They also have lunch sets at 9.90 and 15.90 I think, which is value for money. I bet their lunch crowd from the people working in Biopolis is better than the dinner one!

Quite enjoyed myself there simply because it is the most quiet and peaceful dinner I've had in a long while. In the ever overcrowded Singapore, this is simply a hidden gem.

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04 Jun 2012 • 408 reviews • 13 followers

A wasted trip

We needed a quick dinner on Saturday and decided it’s not worth the effort to go anywhere crowded and wait in line. Hence, we made a trip to Biopolis, which was practically a ghost town.

The restaurant was stuffy and warm. Sitting right outside the kitchen certainly didn’t help and the fan was too far for the wind to reach us. The only respite was when someone opened the fridge behind us to retrieve a drink and let out some cool air.

To kick-start our dinner, we ordered otak otak  ($9.80). The fish cakes were mildly spicy with a hint of coconut milk and pieces of fish in the paste. Unfortunately, this dish turned out to be the only one we enjoyed.

The chap chye ($11.80) was a mixture of vegetables braised in salted bean sauce. Too peppery to the point of being one-dimensional. The flavor was a huge letdown though I liked the varied ingredients which included cabbage, black fungus, carrot, beancurd skin, dried beancurd, mushroom, vermicelli and dried shrimps.

The ikan assam pedas ($19.80) took a while before it arrived (20mins preparation time). Mildly spicy and the tamarind broth lacked zest. Our consolation was that the tail part of the fish was fresh and meaty, and it came with eggplant, pineapple and tomato. Another lacklustre dish and I would’ve preferred the tomato to be cooked.

I was hoping that dessert would brighten up my mood but it seemed our meal was destined for failure. The bubur cha cha  ($4.80) contained yam, sweet potato and tapioca cubes in a rich coconut-based soup. Serving was a little small and the coconut milk could’ve been fresher. The slightly sour aftertaste was hard to stomach.

We also ordered steamed rice to go along with the dishes, and were billed at $2/pax (free-flow) even though we didn’t request for additional rice, while there’s a single serving at $1. A total rip off!

The staff were polite and efficient. We had lemongrass drink served in place of iced water, which was a nice touch but too bad the food was a disaster!

Note: 10% service charge but no GST. Wet towel cost $0.30.
26 Dec 2011 • 71 reviews • 46 followers

Quietest place for dinner

Full review on: http://takeko.blogspot.com/2011/12/food-review-spice-peranakan-at-centros.html

On the eve's eve of Christmas, guess where I had dinner? Biopolis. That's right, you heard correctly. The reason is very valid -- town will be jam packed with the friday weekend pre-christmas frenzied shoppers who are thronging with a vengeance. Plus, there is a possibility of the Orchard Pond making an appearance. I do not fancy getting ankle or shin deep into muddy waters. My feet was already soggy from the day's rains even though I am wearing sandals, so no thanks!

So me and my bestie ZQ devoted our energy to finding the most "ULU" place in Singapore to have a meal, and that's when I suggested Spice Peranakan because I just read about it recently on ieatishootipost in Dr. Tay's Circle Line trip. It has to be the most deserted place ever, and we were right.

From the circle line station we had to walk up a hill towards Biopolis, and find the building called Centros - there was actually a cafe and a Indian restaurant in that same building too. Wow, never knew this place had anything other than cold concrete. Spice had quite a few patrons when we were there - they were finishing up though, as we only reached at 8.30pm.

We ordered the otah otah, chap chye and beef rendang! ZQ was looking very much forward to the rendeng, having read good things about it. It was the best dish among the lot. However, the otah was jam packed with spices and quite spicy, which makes it really satisfying. The chap chye was normal, nothing much to shout about. The sambal chili on the other hand, was uber spicy so much so that zq was perspiring from having it! I of course steered far away from that red stuff, the spice wuss I am.

The side dish of anchovies was also quite appetizing. Caution on ordering dubious drinks though - my honey lemon lime drink tasted weird because there was plum bits in it, which was not written in the menu itself. The lemongrass drink zq had was normal. Next time I'll stick to canned drinks!

Overall it works out to be around 25 per person. Slightly on the pricey side but hey, they have a tough location. They also have lunch sets at 9.90 and 15.90 I think, which is value for money. I bet their lunch crowd from the people working in Biopolis is better than the dinner one!

Quite enjoyed myself there simply because it is the most quiet and peaceful dinner I've had in a long while. In the ever overcrowded Singapore, this is simply a hidden gem.

07 Oct 2011 • 387 reviews • 13 followers

A tad too expensive...

Not sure Celebrating a good friend's birthday and decided to go to Spice Peranakan as she loves Peranakan cuisine and we have a meeting near Biopolis.

We were a party of 6 and we had:

1) Lemongrass Drink - good and strong but not overpowering.

2) Tofu Tempra - nicely deep fried to achieve the crusty coat with soft insides.

3) Ngo Hiang - good with nice, thin crusty skin and tasty fillings

4) Chap Chye - I don't like Chap Chye to start with so this dish didn't impress me

5) Bakwan Kepeting - the Bakwan was BIG! So only one ball per person but it's got crabmeat that is mixed with minced pork. The result is very tasty meatball that leaves you covering your neighbour's meatball!!

6) Ayam Buah Keluak - this one was only ok. Not like the ones I enjoyed in Melaka at all!!

7) Otak Otak - this one can tell it's homemade. Nice but I would prefer it spicier.

8) Ikan Assam Pedas - at $18.90 a bowl, I expected a bigger fish and the tasty I felt was not intense enough.

9) Chendol - my colleagues all enjoyed the thick sweet concoction.

10) Bubur Cha Cha - I alone found the dessert very well-done. Not too sweet and bowl was full of ingredients. Although the food was decent enough, I would say the company was far more enjoyable than the meal.

05 Oct 2011 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

Homely Peranakan Food

I decided to make the trip down to Biopolis to check out Spice Peranakan. A simple cafe setting, the place offers peranakan delights from a mother's home made recipe.

I started out with the Otak Otak ($8.80). This fish curry paste is a must-try and it was really good. One is not enough.

I then tried the Sotong Hitam ($14.80), which is the squid mixed in its own ink with a tasty salty and spice finish. It was my first time trying this dish and I certainly liked it.

The Sambal Kang Kong ($10.80) came as expected, with crunchy pieces of kang kong in a deep red spicy sambal.

The only dish which I felt was a letdown was the Chinchalok Omelette ($9.80), which came quite tasteless.

As a family run business,service is really warm and friendly. Worth the visit even though it was quite out of the way for me.

12 Mar 2011 • 84 reviews • 3 followers

mind blowing dessert!

Ngo Hiang ($11.80) is so simple and so good. The quality roll of minced pork, prawn and chestnut is one of the best I've had. 8/10

A very typical soup at Peranakan establishments is Bakwan Kepeting ($13.80) - chicken soup with flower crabmeat, minced pork, prawns and bamboo shoots rolled into meatballs. Found the soup alright, bordering bland, and did not stand out to me. 5/10

For mains, we ordered Ayam Buah Keluak ($16.80) and Itek Sioh ($16.80). Both are quintessential peranakan dishes. The former had a rich and thick gravy and is probably the best rendition of Ayam Buah Keluak amongst the peranakan restaurants I have had in Singapore. 8/10

Duck leg was very well marinated and had a very balanced taste. The mix of spices and hint of assam was perfect. 8/10

Ikan Assam Pedas ($17.80) was strongly recommended by the lady who took our orders. At first taste, I found the pineapple taste a tad too strong, but this made it more appetizing. Fish was fresh, and the dish was served with generous brinjal, lady fingers, pineapple and tomatoes. 7/10

Nonya Chap Chye ($9.80) was also good. The sweet-bitter-salty combination was just right. 8/10

I was told to pre-order the Ondeh Ondeh ($7.80), and obediently did so. It is made with sweet potato, hence the orange color. To qualify as a good ondeh, it has to (i) have a soft outer layer, (ii) gula melaka should be sweet and generous and should explode in your mouth, and (iii) desiccated coconut should be fresh. The version here at Spice meets all the above. 8/10

Jemput Jemput with Ice Cream ($8.80), a house special of golden banana fritters and vanilla ice cream, topped with a drizzle of coconut candy is.... mind-blowing! These banana fritters are not your goreng pisang. The fritters have a nonya-kueh like texture, although they are fried, they are not crispy. The taste of banana mixed with sweet coconut candy and ice cream is overall very good. Would gladly have second helpings of this. 9/10

The prices here are not exactly cheap, but portions and quality justifies. No GST here, and carpark was free.

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