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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.
Singapore, Singapore 249676
Hours of Operation:
Monday to Sunday: 12pm – 3pm (Last seating 2:30pm)
Sunday to Thursday: 6pm – 10pm (Last seating 9:30pm)
Friday, Saturday, Public Holidays & PH Eve: 6pm – 11pm (Last seating 10:30pm)
$50 and over
AMEX, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
1800 304 2288
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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