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  1. Distance: 17.49mi
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  1. Distance: 17.49mi
  2. Distance: 17.63mi
  3. Distance: 17.65mi
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About Candlenut Singapore

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.

17A Dempsey Road
Singapore, Singapore 249676
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Asian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 3pm (Last seating 2:30pm)

Dinner:
Sunday to Thursday: 6pm – 10pm (Last seating 9:30pm)
Friday, Saturday, Public Holidays & PH Eve: 6pm – 11pm (Last seating 10:30pm)

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$50 and over

Payment Options
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
1800 304 2288

Website:
http://www.comodempsey.sg/candlenut

Parking Details:
Free Parking

Executive Chef:
Malcolm Lee

Additional:
Beer, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Candlenut Singapore Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

value

3.7

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Quiet

82% would recommend it to a friend

Local Ingredients (34)
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Fit for Foodies (27)
Good for a Date (27)
Authentic (26)
Good for Anniversaries (24)
Tasting Menu (19)
Comfort Food (18)
Spicy (17)
Business Meals (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Casual (16)
Cozy (16)
Good for Birthdays (13)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Lunch (13)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Romantic (10)
Quiet Conversation (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
People Watching (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Late-night Find (3)
Notable Wine List (3)
Seasonal (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Fun (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Healthy (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Glasgow)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Spicy, Authentic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 4, 2018

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!

Tags: Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on January 3, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

It was a very enjoyable amakase dinner menu. We loved the soup, the desserts, as well as the prawn dish.

Tags: People Watching, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The meal was amazing and the service was delightful. Highly recommended for authentic Singaporean cuisine in a beautiful setting

Tags: Spicy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Tasting Menu
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Spicy, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 29, 2017

I am living in France/Germany and this is the best restaurant for local authentic food!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Paleo Friendly, Great for Lunch, Spicy, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Food was average but dessert was great. We had the kueh salat for dessert.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Offers Peranakan flavours for the uninitiated. Food is a tad too salty for my taste. But the Buah Keluak ice cream is to die for!

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

The Staff and food quality are Simply Awesome..!! Great Job & keep up the superb service which is marvellous from all aspects...

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Disabled Access, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on December 16, 2017

The beef rendang was very good and nice ambiance.
We felt that the tiger prawns were over-priced and even the sambal chilli comes with extra charges.
If you are in for the ambiance, please give it a try. Its suitable for special occasion or once a year gathering where you want to have a nice setting.
If you going mainly for the food, then there's many other places with better food and better value.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Disappointing meal.
Food was very salty and unimaginative. Belachan chilli was so mediocre and they charge you $2 for it. Had better ones at roadside stalls!
Only saving grace was the desserts.
Service was good.
Highly NOT recommended for main meals, desserts maybe.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

2nd time here, and still as good as ever. A cut above the other Perenakan places by a mile. Well deserved star.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

The food is splendid with every dish bursting with flavours from the great blend of herbs, spices and texture. Lovely perenakan food.

Tags: Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 9, 2017

Food was good and ambience nice. Perhaps ths restaurant can consider providing complimentary dessert for birthday celebrations.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Staff were brilliant! Friendly and very patient with our questions. Top notch people right there.

Tags: Business Meals, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Cozy
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·Dined on December 7, 2017

Food is good but it’s a little too pricey for such small portion.

Tags: Authentic, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Manchester)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Lovely setting, great location, free parking's a plus, food was good! Will be back again to try more from the menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

Food was great, service was splendid. Wonderful experience especially for a special occasion! :)

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 1, 2017

As a first-timer, the restaurant location is not easily located. It will be better to display a sign outside of the Blk 17 of the restaurants within COMO.

Frankly, the food is not up to my expectation and the taste is not impressive.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on November 30, 2017

Very delicious and authentic! Would come again
Love the ambience and decor

Tags: Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (London)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Wonderful experience and great attentive staffs. Just delicious!

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·Dined on November 28, 2017

the items we ordered tasted just great - couldn't order too much for two persons. The grilled cuttlefish was really good! The chendol is cleverly done in a smooth 'bean curd' style coconut cream.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 27, 2017

Appreciated the food very much especially the home made dessert. Good service. Thanks.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 26, 2017

The food was very good, quite a few great fusion cuisine. But largely, I could safely say, I can get the food elsewhere more sensibly priced.
The service is "as expected", the staff do have a habit of looking at their machines, setting tables, but not at the clients. Tasks before customers? Or customers above all else?
Telephone practices is excellent; responsive, efficient and sweet. The restaurant service has to catch up with the excellence of your phone practices. Most of all, I deeply appreciate your vegetarian food, if you could include more non-dairy desserts it would be great.
If you want to keep your pricing, then up your service and food portioning (too small). If not, honestly it is over-priced. I think you know it is not about affordability, it's about value.
I will be back. I'll bring my team with me.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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 (Berlin)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Outstanding food, we had the tasting menu, good service. Whenever in Singapore, we have dinner there. It‘s a must for food lovers.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, People Watching, Hot Spot, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

Staff went out of their way to accommodate our special occasion. Loved the food and ambiance. A bit steep for the serving sizes, but service and quality of food more than made up for this.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food, Good for a Date
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

They managed to increase our table size form 4 to 5 upon our request just 8 hours in advance. In addition, the service was really good and the staffs were very cordial. We had thanksgiving dinner here and atmosphere made us feel really at home.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Seasonal, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 22, 2017

Excellent service!! The frontdesk took the initiative to call to confirm my reservation after i booked online. When i called to inform that i was running a little late, she was very courteous and even reminded me to stay safe while driving in the rain. The food was fabulous, but what really stole the show was the good service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Delicious, flavorful food. Great service. Neighborhood gem in Dempsey Hill, Singapore.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on November 19, 2017

A nice and cosy place with a suitable ambience for lunches & dinner. My wife & I had a good time while celebrating our anniversary. We were delighted with the food and dessert selection and champagne on the house for our special day. Would highly recommend this place.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Casual, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 18, 2017

Service - Extremely poor service with very rudimentary understanding of their offering. Pace of delivery of food was terrible. We waited 45 mins between courses and the soup came after the mains! Desert selection was advised to be not available 10 mins after ordering. No apology offered on either front

Ambience - terrible with very very loud inappropriate Christmas music and very bright lighting. First table we got also had the door opening into it! Again what’s the point of booking if you can accommodate people properly?

Value - terrible small sized portions. We ordered the tasting menu and left hungry. They did not ask me if I preferred brown or white rice and were not even seeking feedback. Worst value for money tasting menu ever had in singapore and that’s hard to beat!

Food - divine and an absolute let down. What a shame Candlenut. I would never go back and am appalled at how poor your service and offering is even with your food being so amazing.

You let yourself down and will not survive. Very very disappointed .... extremely poor overall

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on November 17, 2017

I visited Candlenut to celebrate my birthday. Turned out to be the best choice I’ve made in a while. I really the spacious environment, and was very happy with how all the dishes we tried turned out. The duck dry curry was very tasty and so was the Gula Melaka tiger prawns. The beautifully sautéed potato leaves and the Ngoh Hiang accompanied those 2 dishes wonderfully. The service staff were always smiling and were very accommodating during the meal. If the level of attentiveness of the staff is improved further, i believe the restaurant will really do very well. A very memorable experience.

Tags: Good for a Date, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals
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·Dined on November 15, 2017

Good for a lazy afternoon lunch or hi-tea to meet up with friends or family.
Food portion is on small side, more like fine dining.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Afternoon Tea, Casual
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·Dined on November 14, 2017

We were looking for a Michelin star experience but the ambience and the service were a disappointment. The food was nothing exceptional and was served lukewarm. The highlight was the dessert and saved the day for us.

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The food was good, most dishes that we ordered was very tasty. The let down was the chap chye which everyone felt was very bland . I was expecting a more sour, punchy dish.

Service was disappointing for a restaurant of Candlenut's ilk. Seemed a little slapdash. One suggestion from the table was that when dishes arrived, perhaps the wait staff could inform the table what was being served.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Food was great! Tried the Buah keluak, beef rendang, satay and deep fried octopus. Will go back again!

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