Candlenut Singapore

4.3
325 reviews
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$50 and over
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Asian
The world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, Candlenut takes a contemporary yet authentic approach to traditional Straits-Chinese cuisine. The restaurant serves up refined Peranakan cuisine that preserves the essence and complexities of traditional food, with astute twists that lift the often rich dishes to a different level. Helmed by chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut is committed to continually create inspired and elevated Peranakan dishes using the freshest seasonal produce available.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Asian
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Hours of operation
LUNCH, MON – SUN
12:00PM – 3:00PM
(Last seating 2:30PM)

DINNER, SUN – THU
6:00PM – 10:00PM
(Last seating 9:30PM)

DINNER, FRI, SAT AND EVE OF PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
6:00PM – 11:00PM
(Last seating 10:30PM)
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Phone number
1800 304 2288
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Payment options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Malcolm Lee
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Parking details
Free Parking
Additional
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 325 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.5
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4.4
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3.9
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JL
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Really good food and ambiance was memorable. Worth the visit especially for foreign vistors like us. Will definitely go back.

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AB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice place but way too cold as the aircon is blowing at maximum speed which the restaurant can’t control apparently.
No possibility of dining on the terrasse

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A
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was a hundred times better when candlenut was still at the dorsett. The ambience is lovely though and it's the sort of place you could take your foreign guests if you aren't particular about food quality or prices. We had the tasting menu but overpriced for essentially mediocre local curries. Will not return if I had to foot the bill .

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AK
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Standarad and quality of food has gone down from previous visit. This is supposed to be Michelin star restaurants, yet we had to fiill up our own keuh piet tie, the service staff didnt want to help us cut a birthday case because it was not ordered from the restaurant.

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PP
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

The place itself is lovely but from the moment we entered until the moment we left we felt extremely cold. Both my wife and I were wearing long sleeves but it really wasn't sufficient. We also saw that there were many ladies who were suffering and they had to ask for a shawl. We were happy when we left to appreciate some warmth. I understand that you must use air conditioning in Singapore but the level should be controlled.
Our starter arrived immediately and we had not even finished when our mains arrived. Very quickly infact maybe too quickly. This makes me think that the food is pre cooked. During our mains we ordered more wok vegetables and they too arrived immediately. If this is the case I do not expect this from a Michelin Star restaurant.
People want to relax when they go out for dinner and take their time and chat to their friends etc so I cannot understand. Anyway it did not matter because we were so cold that we were happy to leave early.
The food in general was good and the service was fine but I am afraid that I will not be returning to the Candlenut.

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CL
Singapore
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was great to be able to combine a set dinner meal with some a la cart dishes. However I was quite disappointed In the way the cod fish was prepared with too much fermented soya beans wrapped round it.
However, Sevi your waiter saved the day by saying that was how the cod was supposed to be done.

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AK
Berkshire
3 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Candlenut! Food was incredible, service impeccable, decor exquisite, had a really cool vibe about it, every detail of the dining experience has been considered.

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TF
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An amazing meal. I had the Ah-am-kase tasting menu, whilst my friend who avoids eating shellfish went for the à la Carter option. Every mouthful of both meals was stunning, from the fish crackers to begin, through to the popping candy chocolate dessert! Felix, our waiter, was a delight, and we would absolutely recommend to friends - it’s worth what you pay!

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PK
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

The food was great, but it was waaaaayyyy to noisy.
My guest has a hearing aid, and we came very close to leaving before ordering, because he couldn't hear the conversation.
and you 'noise level' rating in the first question is idiotic: quiet, moderate, energetic. It was none of those. it was irritatingly noisy.

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ML
Kyoto
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My first time to visit Candlenut for dinner. The location is little bit out of CBD area. However, the restaurant's surrounding area is very delightful and comfortable for inviting friends or couple dating. Staff who serve us is very friendly and helpful to recommend good food to us. Food portion is little bit small but good enough for lady diners. Food is a kind of fusion of Malaysian and Peranakan cuisine - suitable for all ages and gender to taste. Highly recommend to those who have never tasted Peranakan cuisine.

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NL
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easy to locate the place. Very helpful in explaining the menu and the flavor of the dishes.

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SU
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Good service. Unpretentious. A good place to bring overseas friends for a meal with local flair.

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TJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent. Service was okay. We had to wait for service often. I requested for something special for a special occasion we were celebrating. Was assured that when we ordered dessert, they would add congratulatory wording. None of that happened and no acknowledgement of the special occasion. Disappointed that when I shared the feedback with the manager on my departure, his only comment was that there was a miscommunication. I traveled from the US to Singapore for this special occasion and very disappointed. Sad that this ruined an otherwise good meal.

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T
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Very underwhelming. Rendang was decent. Chicken was dry and overcooked. Snapper tasted old/microwaved/ left under heated for too long. Service could be faster. Won’t return. There are better peranakan restaurants around.

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N
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chef mqlcom has never fail to impress with his creative take on peranakan cuisine.

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JT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 3

Food, Service and Ambiance was good but what really disappointed me at the end of the meal was being charged with an additional $2 to my final bill for "20g of sambal belacan". This charge was not even made known to me when I requested for it. A condiment such as sambal belacan should not be charged especially so for a restaurant that serves peranankan food so to me this was quite a turn off.

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MN
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

nice place to discover peranakan food in a modern way

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i
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rich and mixed flavours with detailed elaboration of the food.

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f
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great ambiance. Food on the expensive side. Great service.

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LV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Definitely the highlight of our trip to Singapore, a special night celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary, the food and service were impeccable even down to the special personalized touch from the chef with dessert.

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NS
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and friendly staff. Luxurious environment.

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JH
Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent introduction to Peranakan food in this very foodie city.

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GS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

we love to dine at candlenut. The only thing I’d suggest to the restaurant is to bring the wine bottle at the table and to pour the wine directly at the table instead of bringing the two glasses already filled with the wine. Apart from that, thumbs up

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NP
Singapore
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great interpretation of Peranakan food in a fine dining setting .

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Fantastic twist on the Singaporean cuisine. My grandparents, who are fairly picky when it comes to restaurant foods, enjoyed it very much.

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M
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of the best michelin star restaurant in singapore! The most worth and well deserved michelin star restaurant.

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i
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the only restaurant to eat authentic Peranakan food. Although the menu is only a page long, but most of the food we have tried tastes really good. Have to reserve ahead to get a table, especially weekends and during lunch and dinner hours. Highly recommended!

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s too noisy of my next table. So
Disturb. But service and
Food is great!

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OT
Sydney / NSW
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food in a lovely setting!

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service and everything presented well but felt the flavours were nothing special and in fact some dishes were a little bland. That could be my taste though.

Also I felt there was little imagination whereas I expected an interesting twist on Peranakan food. Once again perhaps I had wrong expectations.

However all the dishes were a good size and nice flavours, just nothing outstanding. Good value for money though.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well prepare for our anniversary. Kids friendly. Thank you!

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CC
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

So disappointed how did Candlenut ever become one Michelin-starred?

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G
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 5

Food was amazing, but service was a disappointment.

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Charlotte
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We tried the set menu. Food was ok considering this is a Michelin rated restaurant.

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JC
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

It was written that the restaurant was 1 Michelin-star but I can say that isn't a 1 Michelin-star. The service is very poor, they aren't organize and very stress. At the first, the staff comes 5 times to ask us with we were ready to order. And then, we order a bottle of water and 2 other person of the staff come later and ask if we want a bottle of water. That's not acceptable for a good service.
The food is good but not incredible. I took a beef Rendang and it was the same as I've already eaten in Indonesia !
I don't know how and why this restaurant have 1 Michelin-star because I've already eaten in a few 1 or 2 Michelin-star restaurant and this is not this quality...

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S
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazingly warm service, lovely decor and delicious food!

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great - def to be recommended

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

This was not our first time at the restaurant. In fact, we used to go to its old location near Chinatown. We have always enjoyed the quality of the food and general ambience. Service was sub-par for a Michelin star restaurant charging the prices that they do. But understandably that’s an issue in Singapore....charging 5 star prices for 2 star service. This visit to the restaurant was rather disappointing. Music killed the ambience. Elevator jazz music. The most offensive part of dinner was the local kueh selection that was described to us as a “platter” but was in fact 4 thumbnail sized morsels of local kueh served on plinths for $28++

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YS
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I have a good Dutch friend retiring soon and this is among his last trips to Singapore. I would like him to appreciate my Peranakan heritage and mainly Peranakan cuisine. This was the perfect place and he really enjoy the food. At the same time, we have other Dutch friends in Singapore and this was the great occasion for us to gather to enjoy each others company.

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CT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We're here for my husband's birthday. The ambiance is great. The food is really nice. It's just some of the dishes are a bit too spicy to take. But all in all we had a nice experience.

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