Dinner @ Candlenut

August 7, 2015 in Asian, Peranakan by thywhaleliciousfay

For a food lover like me, (good) food perks me up when I am down. So trust my dear Jap-foodie-GF to know the wonders food can do (for me) and to arrange dinner for us. Having said that, I am truly grateful for friends like my Jap-foodie-GF. She was periodically checking on me, ensuring everything was well. Thank you @felhuang! =)

And this time, we were off to Candlenut for Peranakan food.

And from their website, I learnt that Candlenut has since removed the a-la carte menu for dinner. Instead, it would be what chef Malcolm Lee calls the ‘Peranakan tasting ahmakase menu’.

Ah-ma-kase: Imagine going to Grandma’s house where a thoughtful sequence of dishes is cooked lovingly. Using only the freshest ingredients available each day.

And with that, we started our $50 ahmakase dinner with:-

1) Crackers, Complimentary (above)

2) Assorted canape #1 (above, left) – Tumbuk prawns, laksa leaf, starfruit.

3) Assorted canape #2 (above, right) – What was supposed to be grilled spice-marinated Australian beef flank satay, we were given chicken satay as I don’t take beef.

4) Assorted canape #3 (above) – Relish of minced pork, banana chilli, dried shrimp.


5) Assorted canape #4 (above) – Jiu hu char, kueh pie tee shell.

6) Main #1 (above) – Chap chye braised cabbage, sweet beancurd skin, pork belly, prawn stock.

7) Main #2 (above) – Blue swimmer crab, yellow turmeric coconut curry, kaffir lime.

8) Main #3 (above) – Wok fried wild caught baby squid, squid ink, tamarind, chillis. This was so good. My favourite!

9) Main #4 (above) – Charcoal grilled red snapper fillet, fried shrimp sambal, smoked sea salt.

10) Main #5 (above) – And what was supposed to be rawon beef short rib, buah keluak, fried shallots, we were served bakwan kepiting soup; Crab meatballs & bamboo shoots, in rich chicken broth simmered for at least 5 hours.

11) Thai hom mali rice – Served communal style in a big bowl for us to scoop to go with the mains.

12) Palate cleanser (above) – Rose jelly with apple.

13) Dessert with options of:-

(A) Buah keluak ice cream, salted caramel, warm chocolate espuma (above) – And this was pretty good, although a little spicy. Oh yes, chilli specks were added into the chocolate crumble.

(B) “Kueh salat”, kueh bangkit, coconut sorbet (above)

(C) Candlenut’s signature chendol cream, pandan jelly, gula melaka (above) – Probably it’s because this was the last dessert of the 3 I tried that it was a little bland. Wished the gula melaka was a little thicker and sweeter.

14) Dessert, Complimentary (above)

I haven’t had Peranakan food in a long while. I think the last was more than 5 years ago. And I am glad Candlenut continued to maintain my good impression of Peranakan food. Haha! We came on a wet Thursday evening, and the food which was prepared with much sincerity just warmed my (sad) soul. Keke.

And I liked that the distance between the tables were sufficiently far so that we could have heart-to-heart talk in comfort. Service was warm and personal too! The staff always had smiles on their faces. However, because dishes are prepared based on ingredients that’s available each day, the ahmakase menu (pages 1, 2) changes.

331 New Bridge Road, Dorsett Residences, #01-03, Singapore
8121 4107, Website, Facebook
Overall: 8
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Value: 8
* Closed on Sun
Service: 8

UPDATE 1: Restaurant has moved to 17A Dempsey Road.
UPDATE 2: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2016.
UPDATE 3: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2017.

UPDATE 4: Restaurant was awarded 1 Michelin star by Michelin Guide Singapore 2018.