Tanjong Pagar road is famous for rows of Korean BBQ eateries and bridal shops, but little did I know a charming Peranakan restaurant rests itself here as well.
As I came with a large group, I was immediately escorted to the second floor where the Peranakan setting was more apparent.
They don’t have set menus for lunch or for a large group, so do ask the staff if the food you’ve ordered is enough for your group; it’s hard to tell the portion size just by the price of it.
Ngo Heong, $12.50.
This dish was good, but must be eaten piping hot to experience that crackling skin sensation. We were hooked, and immediately ordered a second plate to share.
Kang Kong Lemak, $12.
Those chunks that you see are actually sweet potatoes! Oh my, what a delightful combination! Who could have guessed that sweet potatoes would be this delicious with coconut milk and chilli shrimp paste.
Beef Rendang, $18.
I think this was the best dish in the entire meal. The rendang was aromatic to say the least. My table unanimously agreed this was one dish not to be missed.
Ayam Buah Keluak, $20.
Was slightly annoyed that they didn’t provide picks to dig out the creamy flesh but other than that, the dish was well seasoned and prepared.
Chap Chye Masak Titek, $13.
The Chap Chye tasted weird. Apparently it’s prepared using prawn stock but it didn’t taste like the usual Nonya Chap Chye that my colleagues or myself were used to. I recommend skipping this dish.
Otak Otak, $4 per piece.
At this price, I expect the otak to be meaty, creamy and substantial. Blue Ginger’s rendition of otak had bits of fish within and a well balanced blend of spices. Yums.
Bakwan Kepeting, $6.80.
I felt this bowl was a tad too pricy. Granted, the meatballs were made with minced meat and crabmeat, but $6.80… Plus, the soup was also a little mild for my liking.
Nonya Fish Head Curry, $32.
I can’t begin expressing how disappointed we were at this dish. It was overly sweet! What a bugger because it was supposed to be the star of the show. Also, I had the belly area which tasted really, really bad. I am usually I am able to stand the smell of bellies but this was particularly repulsive.
Gula Melaka, $4.50.
Is there such thing as an overly sweet dessert? The gula melaka was so rich that I had a sugar rush shortly after my meal.
97 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088518)
Daily: 12noon to 3pm, 630pm to 1030pm
+65 6222 3928
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