Candlenut Singapore

4.3
291 reviews
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$50 and over
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Asian
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  • Tasting Menu
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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Neighborhood
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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 291 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.4
service
4.3
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3.7
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was amazing, but service was a disappointment.

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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

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2.0Dined on August 11, 2018

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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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Amazingly warm service, lovely decor and delicious food!

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great - def to be recommended

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

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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4.0Dined on August 4, 2018

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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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Food was a little pricey for the serving size. Generally felt the food was a tad too sour compared to other Peranakan fare served elsewhere.

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5.0Dined on August 3, 2018

Food, service and ambiance are awesome! Remember to leave space for desserts because they make the best chendol and kueh salat!

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4.0Dined on July 28, 2018

Just short of a five star experience with all of the elements present: food quality, pleasant ambience, terrific service, magnificent flavours and presentation on par with the pricing. My only grumble was the gloss taken off by the ridiculous corkage charge of $50 for us to drink our one byo bottle to celebrate a birthday at lunch time. Their equivalent bottle would have cost us $150. That's just silly.

The location is a little out of the way, easily resolved by a taxi. There are a number of interesting shops in the immediate precinct to walk your meal off. Worth a try.

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5.0Dined on July 26, 2018

Great flavors, creative plating, cozy ambiance. Unique way to experience Peranakan cuisine.

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

Candlenut is a special place. Anyone in or passing through Singapore should try it. Fantastic, carefully executed food, attentive service, and beautiful set up.
Clarence, the restaurant Manager, made us feel at home. Great overall job!

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5.0Dined on July 22, 2018

When you like spicy South Asian foods in local style, with Michelin awarded quality, this will be the right answer. They offer high level of experience in understanding the Peranakan style. I tried both dinner and lunch time. Both were great.

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5.0Dined on July 19, 2018

Candlenut lives up to it's Michelin Star rating. The Tasting menu did not disappoint. It's a bit filling though so pace yourself...

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4.0Dined on July 16, 2018

Interesting twist on traditional Peranakan
Odd decor but nice space. Good service, sensible portion sizes.

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5.0Dined on July 15, 2018

Everything about this meal was amazing. The service was fantastic and included making my guest feel special for her birthday and taking care of my wheat allergy. The food was amazing. I would recommend Candlenut to anyone.

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4.0Dined on July 13, 2018

Service staff at Candlenut made me wow but not the food though. Kueh pie tee fillings was not fragrant enough.

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4.0Dined on July 12, 2018

Good food. Small portions. Could have been a little more generous with the starters.

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4.0Dined on July 11, 2018

Service was better at the previous occasion. I had to ask for the bill for several times from 2 different waiter and waitress before I was provided with it. And I saw that the bill was already prepared some time back but simply forgotten as the waiter just picked it up from the table when he saw me looking on again. Overall, it was still pleasant.

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5.0Dined on July 7, 2018

The best Peranakan food in my life ever. I love the dessert that Chef made for dinner.

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5.0Dined on July 6, 2018

This is fun. Great staff; superb, tasty authentic traditional Singaporean food. Very understated. Cool setting.

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5.0Dined on July 3, 2018

The food was delicious and the atmosphere excellent. I had a fabulous time there.

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5.0Dined on July 2, 2018

very very pleasant experience. was there for a birthday dinner. Chef Malcom and his crew did not disappoint. a wide variety of food was served in appropriately sized portions. 2 thumbs up for the amazing food, all else is a bonus.

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5.0Dined on July 1, 2018

Excellent food and service but way too pricy.

The authenticity of the Peranakan dishes were superb as good as those of my family’s style but just way too expensive.

The portion were just nice.

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5.0Dined on June 30, 2018

Innovative and delightful take on Peranakan cuisine

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4.0Dined on June 29, 2018

I liked the satay, beef rendang and buah keluak ice cream. Kueh Pie Tie was pretty normal. Overall a nice meal in pleasant environment but not sure if it is really worth the price.

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4.0Dined on June 25, 2018

We had a lovely night at Candlenut. Finding the place was a bit tricky, just look for the Como Dempsey balloon and you are in the right place. The food was exquisite, flavours balanced to perfection- what you’d expect from a Michelin star restaurant! We went for the tasting menu ( as we’re not locals and weren’t sure what to order) and it had a range of peranakan currys and there was more than ample food.

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5.0Dined on June 24, 2018

Food, service and ambience is excellent. But was spoiled by next table customers talking and laughing very loudly. I thought this is fine dining.

I wish the service manager had gone to tell the customers to lower their noise level.

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4.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Food is great but it would be better if the portion can be increased.

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5.0Dined on June 23, 2018

Great and creative dishes. Recommend trying the 'ah-ma-kase'.

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5.0Dined on June 20, 2018

If you like good food, Candlenut is a must when visiting Sinagapore.

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5.0Dined on June 19, 2018

Had a pleasant surprise when my friend’s dessert was served with a lighted candle and happy birthday wordings on a plate!

He was very happy and surprised at the thoughtful gesture by your staff!

Thanks for the wonderful experience!

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4.0Dined on June 16, 2018

Friendly atmosphere and good and tasty dishes. Worth for price. I will visit again.

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Lovely place. Great food. The crab curry and the pork saté! Service fantastic! Super attentive and relax atmosphere! Great setting of the tables! Simple and chic!

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5.0Dined on June 15, 2018

Nice mitchelin one star food that will make your meal a splendid n memorable one

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Historic venue with a minimalist art view.
Attentive staff who are inconspicuous and offer suggestions and recommendations without overwhelming.

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4.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Lovely ambience and good food. Pricey though cause the servings are small.

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

This is the fourth time I’ve tried Candlenut. The first time it had just opened and the food was at best fair and the service poor. My next two visits were better. This time it was terrible food and at best fair service - very unpolished. An omakase tasting set was offered. It was Peranakan fusion and very pretentious with poor tasting food. It has lost its home-cooked freshness and charm. Sought to be fancy but the taste of the food was very poor, with the exception of the crap soup which was good.

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4.0Dined on June 11, 2018

Full-bodied flavour and authentic ingredients with wonderful presentation and service. Worth repeated visits.

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