Daily: 11:30 - 14:30
Daily: 18:00 - 21:30
True Blue Cuisine is located at Armenian Street and specialises in Peranakan cuisine.
Almost any dish here is a treat, though some of the food can be quite spicy for the untrained palate.
Just for starters , the banana flower and pomelo salads are just yummy! Not to mention the very more-ish krupuk udangs which disappear in a trice!
Followed by fresh, juicy, udang goreng and chunky, cooked-just-right rendang.
Service was both prompt and friendly, with the staff taking pains to explain some of the ingredients and sauces
Ambience of course is also great right from the very eye-catching entrance to the Peranakan collectibles on display
Parking can be a challenge, though, as the adjacent public car park is usually full :(
This place has a great ambience, lovely ethnic interiors.
When it came to food, however, we have an entirely different story to tell.
We ordered the Ayam Buah Keluak (chicken with black nuts, at 24 sgd), which was decent, though not the best. The Beef Rendang was chewy, with a terrible red gravy (and having eaten rendang at restaurants and friends' places for more than a decade, we know what we're talking about). For a dish that cost 18 dollars we expected a better serving than 3 small pieces-- it wasn't enough for two people.
This seemed to be the norm: tiny, over priced portions. They charge 4 sgd for 4 prawn crackers, and the Pomelo kerabu (salad) seemed barely enough to serve two adults, also priced at 18 sgd. The taste didn't merit the price either-- pomelo, lime, and peanuts.
The vegetable curry, at 25 sgd, more expensive than the chicken, tasted like an abomination. 3 pieces of okra floating in a spicy soup with liberal amounts of chopped green chilly, 3 pieces of tomato (3 seems to be their magic number) and a few slices of onion. An absolute scandal.
With their minuscule serving sizes combined with the awful cooking, the bill seemed like an insult-- for three people, with only longan tea as a drink, we paid 130 sgd: the bill came in a fancy red envelope!!
The saving grace was the lady taking care of our table, Mariah. Elegant in her traditional kebaya, she described to us the recipe for the chicken, and really took time to make us feel welcome: chatting, smiling and refilling our tea cups. As we told her, she was the only aspect of the restaurant we really loved.
This place is attached to the Perankan museum, and probably is trying to cater to tourists who don't know much about the fantastic flavours and subtle nuances of Pernakan cuisine.
We felt ripped off by this restaurant and would never recommend this place, not wanting others to experience the same lousy, overpriced fare we did. We wish the management would serve food commensurate with their prices, because right now, they're far from it.
I was really looking forward to trying True Blue based on friends recommendations and upon entry, the place had a chance. Whilst service was attentive and ready to suggest items, the food fell extremely short. Everything was overcooked and drowned in some kind of sauce killing the flavor of the actual food itself. The Chicken and Black Nut was the saving grace (chicken overcooked) but that was laid on a bed of a scoop of rice at 3 SGD. The Tamarind shrimp was ok and was saved only by the flavor. The Banana flowers and the Sweet potato leaves were so drowned in sauce that the food was left wanting. For 3 people, 4 dishes and one juice each, we paid 147 SGD which is astouding. Next time, I'm sticking to good ole chili crab which will cost me less and taste much better - very disappointing.
Overpriced food that's simply not worth the trip, this will be my first and last visit to this place. The keropok was $1 a piece, rice was $3 per person... I could go on and on about the ridiculous prices and measly portions but I won't. Chendol was prepared too sweet for anyone's liking. I ordered the durian pengat and it was literally 2 tbsp worth of it and you would think paying $8 you would get more. You can't help feeling very shortchanged after leaving the restaurant. Worst experience ever!!