Candlenut

Eating Out, Restaurant Review

Last week was Restaurant Week. Now if you don’t know what that is, I can’t help you.

J/K! It’s a week in Singapore, where these fancy and semi-fancy restaurants offer a three course meal at a reasonable price of SGD25-45++ for lunch and SGD35-55++ for dinner.

To be honest I kinda found out about this late. And so many of the “hot” tables were basically gone. Like a spot at Salt was completely out of the question and a reservation at WOLF? Only if you were willing to eat at 10:30pm.

Thankfully my dining mate and friend, Yuka, and I both wanted something a little different. We wanted peranakan, which – though tasty, isn’t exactly hip. So we easily got an 8 o’clock reservation for Friday night dinner and can I say – we we not disappointed, at all.

Ok so we went in there, and it’s in the Dorsett which you’d think would be fancy but the restaurant itself is sort of all glass, and kind of ethnic-y coffee shop chairs.

So, basically, zero points for ambience.

But the wait staff are so polite and demure, despite looking like stage-hands in black jeans and t-shirts, that we were like ALRIGHT.

The surprise menu turned out to be a selection of starters a choice of beef/pork/barramundi/somethingelseicantremember for the main and what can only be described as coconut delight and their signature coconut custard. Reviews are below the dishes.

Roti jala with chicken, pulut with some type of filling, tamarind chawanmushi (I think) and foie gras something

Roti jala with chicken, pulut with some type of filling, tamarind chawanmushi (I think) and foie gras something

The roti jala with chicken was great, though not very heavily spiced. Kinda roti-jala lite but still had us licking our lips. The tamarind chawanmushi was a tad weird, but I’m into tamarind so I knocked that back. The pulut had a super, I wanna say shrimp floss? filling and it was lovely. The foie gras was great, really fatty, but then I did feel bad after I ate it. All in all the starters deserved a 4/5.

Buah Keluak Beef Cheek

Buah Keluak Beef Cheek

This is their super famous Buah Keluak main. The meat was beef cheek. And ok, it was succulent and all but if you don’t already know, buah keluak tastes WEIRD man. Like SO weird. Anyway we didn’t know and ok we got used to it but honestly no. For those who like the taste this dish is easily 5/5, for us it was more like a 3/5.

Grilled Barramundi with Sambal

Grilled Barramundi with Sambal

This was so good, SO GOOD. I mean perfectly grilled barramundi with a sambal that was piquant but not too spicy or sweet. Can I say we found a winner? 5/5 easily.

Chendol Cream - Signature coconut custard, gula melaka sauce with pandan jelly

Chendol Cream – Signature coconut custard, gula melaka sauce with pandan jelly

This was basically the best thing we ate. We both ordered it and it was like coconutty and asian and sweet and perfect. And there wasn’t too much even though I kinda wanted there to be too much? 5/5 EVERYDAMNDAY.

This whole place probably deserves 4/5 on account of the venue and some misses in the appetizers. But it was totes worth the 35++ price tag for Restaurant Week and I would even go back there when it’s normal price. Possibly.

Candlenut
Dorsett Residences
331 New Bridge Road
#01-03
Singapore 088764
+65 8121 4107

p.s. Sorry about all the shadows. I promise to learn how to stand properly to avoid shadows or learn how to properly photoshop. One or the other.

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