Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat: 17:30 - 22:00
Closed: Sun & PH
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.
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.
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.