There are not too many Peranakan fine dining establishments in Singapore and INDOCAFE – the white house, is a nice new addition, started about a year ago.
The Arts & Cultural Centre is located just next door to the restaurant, housed in a similar styled building. Peranakan High Tea sets are available there, served with 100% Kopi Luwak or Moscato d’Asti. Guests can also enjoy cultural appreciation with a daily live musical and dance performance from 3.30pm to 4.00pm, enjoy hosted coffee appreciation workshops and purchase an array of Peranakan-inspired souvenirs at the retail shop.
When I arrived at INDOCAFE, the architecture itself was eye-catching. Remember the hit TV series, The Little Nonya? It’s like a walk into the set and Singapore’s colonial past:
Here are some of their signature dishes I sampled:
Delicious! Peranakan dishes may look simple in presentation, but they usually involves a mix of many condiments, spices and ingredients, tediously handmade or blended together.
The Penang Otah is fluffy and flavourful, with generous chunks of whole barramundi fish fillet at the bottom. The Rendang Sapi, served with wagyu beef cheeks which have been braised for several hours, is tender and rich in aroma. The Ayam Buah Kelauk and Chap Chye are traditional Peranakan favourites and did not disappoint, keeping close to the flavours of traditional home-cooking. The Ikan Masak Merah is a bit too sweet for my liking, but I generally eschew sweet food and it might work for other diners. The Bubur Cha Cha packed a delightful surprise with the inclusion of banana which added extra sweetness and texture.
Price is slightly on the steep side, but the ambient is amazing, so is the presentation and cuisines. Definitely worth to bring foreign friends for a sample of Straits-Peranakan food and culture as well as for cosy gatherings with friends and love ones in a quaint, quiet environment with quality food.
Address: 35 Scotts Road, Singapore 228227
Tel: +65 6733 2656
Fax: +65 6733 2703
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm / 6pm – 10.30pm Daily
Email: [email protected]