The food and service were both excellent. Each dish was carefully crafted and incredibly well thought out. Wine selection was very good. Service was attentive and added to the whole experience.
It was my 2nd visit in as many months and found the food pretty delicious. The staff too was very professional and attentive. Keep it up! Thanks
Fantastic dinner; not to be missed if visiting Singapore. Authentic Peranakan cuisine with a Michelin star. Outstanding service from our waiter Felix.
The food was superb, service was warm and friendly, chef Lee popped out to say hello, a very nice touch, and in all we had a wonderful night celebrating my husband's birthday
The menu was a revelation of Peranakan food - flavours, both delicate and robust, and beautiful execution of dishes that favoured the traditional flavours and simple presentation. I will definitely return to try the tasting menu. Comfortable, interesting and wonderful food.
Change of tasting menu not as good as before
I was looking for a Michelin star restaurant in Singapore and although there are plenty, most are closed on Sunday! Luckily, Candlenut was open and had a table for me. I really liked the food and the experience, especially because it reflects the local cuisine. The whole experience lasted 45 min at most (since I arrived to the time I left), which was ok, since I was by myself but I also felt rushed. One thing that really bothered me was that the starter and the main dishes are brought at the same time. I requested that the main dish be brought when I finish the starter and it was pretty much like that, they took the starter dish and the main dish was there (and based on the temperature of the curry, I suspect that it just sat in the kitchen counter while I finished the starter as it was almost cold). For a Michelin star restaurant , the food is good but i wish the experience was better.
Attentive staff, excellent food and an overall amazing experience!! Thank you!!
Come on, ingredients are NOT that expensive, why so stingy on the portions - which are downright pathetic. Food is definitely OVER-PRICED and not worth the money!! My first and LAST time there.
Everythjng was good, except that i feel the waiters are rushing to server the food, and rushing to take the plates off your tables too, when i am still eating
Food is good and tasty but the portion for all dishes, including desserts and ice-cream are too small and to the extend, pittance for $5,00, and we have not include the gst and service charge to that pricey amount.
Beautiful way to experience contemporary take on traditional Paranakan cuisine - location is an oasis in the city. Loved the use of local ingredients where possible. Hospitality was second-to-none. Very reasonably priced for a Michelin-starred restaurant and if we're ever in Singapore again we wouldn't hesitate to go back. All the food we ordered was delicious and our unadventurous pre-schooler even enjoyed trying the satay!
We went to the Candlenut to try their authentic tasting menu. We weren’t disappointed! It was great food and great value. Book early it’s very popular. We could only get a lunch reservation instead of dinner., so book ahead. Very nice afternoon.
Simple interior enhanced by suspended raffia lanterns adjoining crafts store. Refined Singaporean cuisine and fairly priced wines. Location hard to find at night and harder to get a Uber back to downtown
Excellent evening out. The food was divine and the service very attentive. Have already recommended it to others, thank you
Food is always amazingly explosive with flavour but served with unintimidating simplicity. We keep coming back for more.
The whole experience was great, the staff all very attentive but not intrusive and the food was fantastic. We had the tasting menu, all the main courses came out together and was a fantastic feast. The desserts were to die for, a perfect end to the meal.
I’m conflicted. I’ve been a few times and my experience varies. This time we’d gone for a special occasion so wanted a really nice experience but unfortunately didn’t get it. Main courses are much much better than the starter options. Be careful of the menu and if you’re a non meat eater, make sure you ask what ingredients they use ... some items quote only vegetables but when I asked I was told there as pork in it and since it’s a non-halal restaurant they don’t need to specify! Some wait staff were exceptional and some plain rude. Main course are great, starters are so so.
Everything was exquisite and the service extremely enjoyable
I would never go back here. Food was extremely overprice and have no idea how they earned an Michelin star. Coming from the US, I follow all James Beard Award winning Chef's for a true dining experience.
not just for local like me, chap-chye really needs improvement in terms of the taste, but overall was really good, will recommend for visitors
Lovely waiter who explained about some of the peranikan tradition of food preparation. Delicious black rice dish!
Candlenut was recommended by a local friend and it did not disappoint. It was a delicious showcase of Peranakan food. We selected the omakase menu and it was an excellent choice with good variety of ingredients, flavours and generous serving sizes of all dishes - offering exceptional value. The wonderfully delicious food was complimented by top notch service - in particular Felix who told us some of the history of the dishes as well as the process of preparing some of the local ingredients which really enhanced our experience and helped us appreciate the dishes even more (one ingredient takes over 40 days prep!). He was knowledgable and very entertaining. The kitchen also accommodated allergies/food preferences.
The dining room itself is beautifully designed in the traditional Peranakan colours and patterns but in a very modern style. We would definitely revisit. Highly recommended.
A nice pleasant restaurant for upperty nonya foods. This is a place you can get most of your favorite nonya dishes in one location. Or a place to entertain guests, especially those from the overseas.
Food was ok. Service not so good. Had lunch on 24 Jan and waiter was not the least attentive or helpful. Never looked around to help at all and had to be waved at and called out to. After repeating our order went on to miss the grilled chicken leg dish. Didn’t check in at all during meal and when we asked after waiting over an hour for this last dish, he nonchalantly looked at his tablet and replied - ‘it’s not in the order’ and smiled. Obviously his mistake, as my two friends and I had heard him repeat our order with this item included. Did he suggest a viable alternative? No. Asked us if we’d like to wait 20 mins for the chicken which was not possible because it was already 2pm and we had to go back to work/errands.
Dissapointed. After all the reviews, I expected way better than this. If a restaurant failed at a simple omelette, I think it says everything that need to be said. The location is good tho.
Excellent Peranakan food. Beef rendang, crab curry and the grilled red snapper were delicious. Service was also attentive and friendly. A good experience. Great place to take out-of-towners for some local cuisine.
Excellent service and ambience, especially their attentive effort for the birthday dessert plating. Good experience for fusion perankan cuisine. Enjoyed the swimmer crab curry and pork belly satay.
Delicious food - dishes were pricey especially considering their tiny portion sizes but food was undeniably yummy. Don't go for the desserts though. A slice of bengawan solo-sized kueh salat and a tiny scoop of sorbet cost 15 bucks without gst/ service charge. It was good and all but not good value.
Staff in person were ok (not great but ok) but weren't the most friendly and accommodating on the phone. I booked far in advance but they wouldn't allow us to book for 7pm. Insisted they only had 645 slots and 8+pm slots.
We were anticipating a good time here and were 100% satisified. Not cheap, but worth it. Wonderful ingredients and spicing. Definitely at among the top dining venues in Singapore.
As usual, delight in every bite! Ayam Buah Keluak is better than home-cooked ones that I have tried and Wing Bean Salad is a good contrast against the heavy cuisine but I recommend to have the lime dressing on the side. Bravo!
A very well decorated restaurant with a Nonya touch. The seating is pleasant and comfortable.
The foods are delicious but a bit pricey in terms of using inexpensive ingredients and serving in tiny portions. Some people may find the foods a bit too sugar sweet or too sour.
The desserts need more improvement as two of the four dessert dishes ordered by us were really of low standard by Michelin Star standard (but the prices were charged as other Michelin Star restaurants).
Overall it is a nice restaurant for those who are craving for Nonya foods with a touch of elite.
It was a very enjoyable amakase dinner menu. We loved the soup, the desserts, as well as the prawn dish.
The meal was amazing and the service was delightful. Highly recommended for authentic Singaporean cuisine in a beautiful setting
I am living in France/Germany and this is the best restaurant for local authentic food!
Our waitress was excellent. She was friendly with attention to detail. Best of all she remembered our orders and requests and ensured they were all carried out. A rare quality seldom seen in the hospitality industry these days.
Food was delicious and great setting.
Food was tasty and service exceeded expectations. It was raining heavily when we left and the staff actually took the trouble to shield us with umbrellas to our cars. I was impressed by their thoughtfulness.
The food is ok with some hits and misses.
I will gladly bring a foreigner to try the authentic pernankan food here. I just feel that for regular dinner, the prices are too steep for the relatively small portion of dishes. I had a party of 4 and we had to order eight dishes + two desserts to fill us up. And the bill came up almost $400 including a bottle of procesco.
Food was average but dessert was great. We had the kueh salat for dessert.
Overall, we did not have a good first-time experience at Candlenut. Upon arrival, our party of eight were told that the restaurant was not able to cater for special meal for one of us due to food allergies, despite being given the assurance that the restaurant could, over telephone confirmation one day before. The restaurant could not guarantee that there would not be any allergens cross contamination. We had to choose the dishes on the menu based on waiter's recommendations and knowledge of the ingredients and risk her getting an allergic reaction! This was unacceptable for a Michelin starred restaurant!
We had the usual must-try recommendations and one elderly waiter who was serving us subsequently gave a few good advices about the portions we ordered. The food is generally fair. My mother who is a peranakan food lover was not impressed. Certainly not value-for-money. In the end, the one with food allergies had minor allergic reactions with throat itchiness and burning senations on her lips. She had just plain white rice eventually. :(
Definitely not coming back. Portions were too small and over-priced. Peranakan fusion food not impressive at all. Worse still, the restaurant was not able to cater to those with food allergies, something that I would think all restaurants of this stature should at least have.