Candlenut Singapore

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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.
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CW
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great spot for nice bites. Definitely unique and would go back.

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GH
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice food. Portion could be bigger. But service is excellent

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ES
London
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Will definitely return. Great service, great ambience and great food.

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JT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

overpriced, snall portion and honestly nothing in flavour that is truly outstanding. First and Last time at candlenut

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MH
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food & Service was great! My GF loved the place and ambiance of the place. Will go back there again

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FE
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If your taste buds allow you, this restaurant could provide you a very memorable dinner experience.

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F
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

High end refined peranakan cuisine in a very nice high ceilinged room.

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was value for money and was thoughtfully prepared.

The flavours for the mains were overwhelming (in a good way). Portions could be a little smaller as spicy dishes tend to make one full easily.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great, staff was friendly and attentive, and honestly such a pretty ambience.

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YC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and service was amazing. The manager a Indian guy who I didn't grab his name was exceptional and explained each dish in detail and the differences in Peranakan cooking style.
It was a amazing experience especially considering we flew in from Sydney.

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SC
Sydney / NSW
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was amazing. Candlenut will be top of my list when I’m in Singapore again.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food!

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H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Comfortable and relaxing environment, delicious food and most importantly very friendly service

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SN
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was absolutely delicious but a touch pricey. $6.5 for 500ml sparkling water is a little much.

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S
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Only the buah keluak ice cream was the saving grace. Did not enjoy the rest of the dishes

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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Odd presentation bringing out main savory courses 7 of them at one time. The appetizers were very good and the best part of the meal. Too many flavors in each dish, the combinations didn’t all work. I don’t see how this place garnered a star

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Z
1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed our meal - the food and service were excellent, in particular the attentiveness and discreetness when delivering the birthday cake.

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J
Singapore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Satay deeply marinated with herbs and have "wok hei" but the meat is a little tough to bite.

Chap Chye had nice prawn bisque like flavour in the broth. The mushroom had absorbed all its flavour and was wonderful. However, there was only 2 half slices. Dish is rather salty.

Swimmer Crab Curry had very strong lemongrass flavours and way to salty! It was an extremely salty dish and spoilt what would had been a great dish.

Ayam Buah Keluak sauce is significantly thicker than other peranakan food places, more like a paste; otherwise you could drizzle over rice. There wasn't much depth to the dish except for strong buah keluak taste. And, again way way too salty!

Buah Keluak fried rice was again very salty.

You need to pay extra for chilli $2 per 20gm. It lacks punch and not enough lime. 99% of restaurants give chilli condiments for free and some are really good with varying levels of complexity and punch.

Hawker stall chendol taste better than here. Fruit cake was soft and buttery, worth ordering.

Ambience is good. High ceiling, well decorated, clean, cool air conditioning despite the hot weather outside. The restuarant was not full when we were there so the noise level was ok.

Waitering staffs were friendly but overly defensive when we told them the dishes were too salty for our liking.

Overpriced. Many hawker food is better than here. I will not be back for fear of salt overdosed kidney failure.

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AF
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Fine Peranakan Food with Good Ambience. The flavors of some dishes are very strong though.

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B
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Definietely worth going. The food is delicious and the place itself is very relaxed. Simply very enjoyable lunch!

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Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are so happy we visited Candlenut! Felix, our waiter, was fantastic - thank you for explaining unknown ingredients to us (and for indulginf our taste for chili/spicy - the Sambal Belacan was excellent) We thoroughly enjoyed our travel through Pernakan cuisine.
The small but interesting winelist was really well matched to the food. We hope to be back when we get back to Singapore.
M

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T
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

can't believe this is Michelin 1 star; grossly overpriced and NOT nice pseudo-peranakan food: chap chye with stale seasoning with no or weird taste; wok fried prawn tasted very "fishy" as if they have been dead and left in room temperature for days; over soaked gula melaka (coconut sugar) prawn lacks any kind of distinct flavor (just sweet; clearly they are trying to "innovate" on the pineapple based prawn, a real peranakan dish, but failed); the beef rendang is the only acceptable dish, not because of the seasoning, but because of the tender wagyu beef itself ; bakwan kepiting (just meat ball) soup was terrible, tasteless and smells as if something cooked and left overnight (i.e. "leftover food" feeling); sambal "4 heavenly kings" vegetable is too dry, with no fragrance; ayam buah keluak (chicken with keluak nut) has ONLY the buak keluak taste and nothing else (this is not how it should taste; keluak gives it a favor, not the only taste); .....

all in all a very disappointing visit. any real foodie can skip this. only good for clueless ang mos. i.e. if you want to impress some ang mo with atas "south east asian" food... since they dun know anyway and all looks weird to them, especially with impressive LONG sounding names of the dishes (very pretentious if you ask me.) For similar food , Table @ 7 @ Mohamed Sultan is far less pretentious and far better in food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

High quality tasty food but limited for vegetarians although I applaud their attempt to cater to vegetarians given that it is a Peranakan restaurant.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic service, absolutely amazing food!

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JH
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Food was not great. Crazy price for tiny portions. Wouldn’t return.

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A
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was overrated, overpriced and not authentic. More suited for Western tastebuds.

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VC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Chose this for New Years Eve as wanting to experience authentic Nonya cuisine and were not disappointed. Relaxed but chic atmosphere, the food was outstanding. We loved the tofu sheets with the water chestnuts, and goats' ice cream dish with the wonderful fruit cake. We felt that we were experiencing Singapore on a plate, well done to all and thank you for keeping up this cuisine.

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RC
Singapore
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good and original Peranakan dishes. Loved the chef’s twist on buah keluak - the sambal b k fried rice, and his lovely desserts. Was grateful to service staff who made an effort to find us some bubble wrap as our buah keluak sambal purchases had to be wrapped up for flight back to Boston. Kudos to Candlenut! I will do my entertaining of guests and friends here in future.

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LM
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

We ordered:
Kueh Pie Tee: Very ordinary, not alot of taste. Skip it.
Chap Chye: Very ordinary, I have had better at hawker centers. Skip it.
Buah Keluak: My first time trying it, so I have no comparison. It was ok. I liked it.
Wagyu Beef Rib Rendang: Fantastic! Soft, melt in your mouth and decadent! Recommend!
Four Heavenly Kings: Fantastic! The sambal is delicious! Recommend! I think anything with their sambal would be good!
King Tiger Prawn, Gula Melaka: Prawns were hard/overcooked. It did not taste fresh but it was ok (the prawn was not powdery yet). For 28$, we had one King Tiger Prawn and one small King Tiger Prawn. I don't know if it is suppose to be served like this but I was sorely disappointed in this dish. The sweetness of this dish is too much for me. Also the coconut milk in this dish overpowered any other taste of lemongrass or basil.

The food was ok, nothing to shout about. But the desserts were wonderful and the highlight of the meal! We ordered 3 desserts and I would come back just for them.
Buah Keluak Ice Cream: Such interesting combinations. I don't know if there were pop-rocks in the dessert, But we felt the slight popping at the back of our throats. Together with the ice cream and biscuit like crumble in the dessert it made my day.
Fruit Cake with Anglais Cream and Ice Cream: The best fruit cake I have ever had! So buttery!
Candlenut’s Classic Chendol Cream: Good. If you like chendol go ahead and order it.

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IM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An exceptional experience. The food was excellent, I don’t know Peranakan food, nonetheless this came across as an excellent translation of traditional food into a gourmet meal. The service was even better, it was so wonderful it created a priceless evening. The cherry on the evening was the service of an elderly gentleman who was a generous and gentle guide. One of our top dining experiences anywhere in the world.

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SH
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went there to celebrate my husbands birthday. Service was friendly and polite, we felt warmly welcome. Food was really tasty and had unexpected combinations of flavours.

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D
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional, compliments to Chef Malcolm Lee! Highly recommended for those with a palate for refined Peranakan cuisine.

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M
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Food was generally good. I was expecting more authentic flavour but my friends who are Peranakans said it’s more towards posh and artistic take to the cuisine. For example the rendang doesn’t need to use wagyu beef and the sambal is too light. I understand some dishes were more balanced flavoured to suit the general masses which I do appreciate to a certain extend. We were disappointed in the wine menu. The bottle of wine we ordered did not match the flavour notes on the menu. The staffs are untrained to provide information to make a more informed choice. We settle for house wine by the glass to make things simplier. I was slightly offended that the waiter assumed I was looking for soft drinks menu while flipping through wine menu to find my preferred wine. As though I shouldn’t be looking at wine menu. I didn’t like the fruit cake as well. It’s too chunky and sweet. The sweetness covered the flavour of the cream. The goat ice cream is quite nice on its own. Ambience wise, it’s spacious and the decor fits the theme however it doesn’t feel as a restaurant on its own. More like making more out of the extra space in the corner that you have. Price point I feel that it’s on the higher end with the given portion size and the food wasn’t amazingly good.

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M
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We thoroughly enjoyed the meal. Opted to go with Ah-Ma-Kase. Liked the fact that meals came out as apps/main/dessert instead of having to wait one dish at a time. Unique and contrasting flavours really made this meal a one to remember.

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T
Hong Kong
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner in a nice environment with friendly service.

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PC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I can see how much work and effort went into the preparation of the delicious Paranakan food served. I had a party in my mouth of unique flavors and textures. The coconut dessert is too die for. It’s one of the best desserts I have eaten. Upscale dining like your Nonya grandmother cooked it.

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N
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Taste was great tho it could be more creative and unique. Some dishes were similar to local food of another country that you can find anywhere with cheaper price. But overall was quite impressive. Service was very very good.

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EN
Brighton
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

What a hidden gem ... completely different experience in Singapore ..food out of this world ..go for chefs menu ..wouldn't normally have chosen myself but extrodinairy cullinary tastes .
Thouroughly recommend

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RP
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

As a family with peranakan heritage, this was indeed a gem!

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CY
Vancouver
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their beef rendang and crab curry are the best! Must order! Ambiance is very nice, quiet and clean.

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