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One MICHELIN Star: High quality cooking, worth a stop!
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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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
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Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
Asian, Singaporean, Fusion
FEATURES
Takeout, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We had a very enjoyable evening in this Michelin guide restaurant sampling peranakan cuisine for the first time, a wonderful fusion of Malaysian , Indonesian and Chinese cooking. The restaurant had a relaxed vibe and with friendly and attentive staff. We were not hungry enough...to attempt the multicouse ah mah kase menu so opted for 2 starters of Ngoh Hiang and Pork Satay from the à la carte and these were delicious. Then we had two mains of Chefs Mum’s chicken curry and Beef Rendang and these were superb. Pricing for these dishes was reasonable but entry level wine is expensive at $110 Overall highly recommended although about 30 mins taxi ride from central SingaporeMore

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very special and unique dining experience. Excellent service from staff who are passionate about peranakan cuisine. We learnt loads about the flavours and cooking styles. My parents (who used to live in Asia) loved every moment and the staff were super kind and attentive...to them in particular. Massively recommended if you are looking for something a little different but authentic.More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 16 January 2024 via mobile

Everything was divine, the drinks, the food and the service. Will be dreaming of the wingbean salad, auntys chicken curry, ramen and desserts until our next visit. Our friends had recommended Candlenut to us and we are so glad we booked in advance as it...is the best restaurant we’ve had the pleasure of dining at in Singapore. As frequent visitors to Singapore we have visited quite a few.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 19 December 2023

Splendid service! I was there, by myself, at the end of the lunch service just before the staff went off to their Christmas party. ... and still the staff were wonderful, attentive without being intrusive, clearly passionate about the food and the experience. Making sure...that everyone felt welcome - even a solo Ozzie there at an inconvenient time. The food was good too. Varied, flavourful and full of subtlety. A Michelin starred restaurant specialising in the local cuisine. Well worth a visit for that alone. But I have eaten in a lot of top class restaurants - and this time I will remember the staff and how dedicated they were to the experience long after the memory of the food has blurred. The staff we simply outstanding.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 13 December 2023

We had dinner here. A truly enjoyable experience. A cuisine we had not eaten before presented in many small dishes to share at a reasonable price and with very friendly and swift service. Not all dishes necessarily hit the mark but the blue swimmer crab...curry was awesome and when we told the waiter we are crazy about this dish, he brought us another helping. Great service. Impressive wine menu. Only point of critique was that so many different dishes were brought out at the same time that they got cold before we ate them all. Plate warmers would have helped. Also, the dishes were mixed in terms of fish/meat and spices and flavours that it was really difficult to find a matching wine. You almost had to have a red and a white on your table at the same time to drink with the changing dishes.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 10 December 2023 via mobile

A very nice experience for my family and I. The food and service were good. The food portions were a bit small but nontheless, it was enough for 4 of us. The chefs have brought a twist to Peranakan food. The desserts are to die...for.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 25 November 2023

Dinner was disappointing. I attended dinner with a few American guests who are visiting Singapore for the first time. A morning tour at the shop houses of Emerald Hills acted as a build up for Peranakan dishes so everyone was excited. All of us have...multiple prior Michelin Starred restaurant experiences so we know the benchmarks. Experience: Immediately after being seated , some of us felt that the A/C vent above our table was blowing too hard. The lanterns were swaying. One of the guests had a nice bare shoulder dress and had to switch seats. I had to inform our server about it and AC was turned down. Normal restaurant may be forgiven but not a Michelin one. Chairs have a rattan cheap feel , light weight and uncomfortable. One of us was bitten by a mosquito while eating. I understand that we are in Dempsey area but sheesh. I had to leave my seat and whisper to the server to turn up the AC again to hopefully remove the mosquito. The worst of all, there was a private event of some kind happening in the same hall blasting music, people yelling and dancing. I was so pissed and embarrassed for my overseas guests that I had to make excuses that maybe the food will speak for itself . Service Another disappointment. The older gentleman serving us can barely speak fluent English. No explanation of dishes and ingredients as you would typically find in an establishment of this stature. His compatriot was more knowledgeable but I had to prompt her into explaining what the Buah Keluak fruit is and how our Buah Keluak fried rice is made. There is no scraping of crumbs off table and serving of dishes have no coordination or purpose. The overall feel is no different from eating at any typical restaurant. Food We ordered anything that was recommended and almost everything on the menu. Besides the black colored Buah Keluak fried rice ( after my intentional prompt to fish a broken Singlish story out of the server to explain how the poisonous Buah Keluak is used to cook it) nothing stands out. In my opinion, the chicken in Mama’s curry should have been boneless and presented more beautifully. Our drumstick had gristle in it….which was a big turnoff. None of us enjoyed our dinner. Afterthought I find myself having to make excuses throughout the meal to defend my dinner choice and back the restaurant who fell flat to impress my guests. We only had time for 3 planned dinners in Singapore and this one failed us. We would understand if this were one of the Michelin cheap eats but our dinner bill doesn’t reflect that. I wished I had picked another location for a better experience.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 7 November 2023 via mobile

First visited pre Covid and loved this restaurant. So pleased to see everything is as good in 2023 as back in 2017. The chicken curry was mouthwatering as was the spicy fish and the refreshingly light yet tasty salads. Loved the welcoming service and colonial...style gracious building.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023 via mobile

A very unique and flavourful meal. First, the cuisine is based on a Singapore fusion culture and the only Michelin starred restaurant serving that food. The restaurant is located in a small development along with many other very interesting looking restaurants. We ate outside and...it was quite pleasant, although warm out it was comfortable. Unlike some place where you are forgotten when dining outside, the service here was incredibly attentive and professional. We ordered the tasting menu, which was about 15 small plates. Rather than coming one at a time, you would be served all the starters, then all the mains and finally all the desserts. Each plate was quite manageable, some were just a bite, but overall it was a lot of food, nobody would love hungry. Most important, though, were all the interesting and unique flavours. All of the dishes were quite complex and none were disappointing. I particularly liked the seafood dishes, a white curry with crab was the most memorable. Also a nice wine list, I particularly enjoyed the Lebanese red. Definitely a great experience.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 17 September 2023 via mobile

My partner and I went to dinner here and they really had such good service and incredibly good food. Highly recommend. Get reservations we’ll in advance.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023

Excellent service and dinner! If you're in Singapore, this is a must-visit restaurant. It is about 20 mins from the Marina Bay Sands area but it's so easy to get a Grab ride in Singapore. I wish we were able to try every single dish...they had but everything we ordered was excellent!More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 4 August 2023

Candlenut is absolutely extraordinary. It was a very unique place. The food was phenomenal. Each dish was expertly prepared, appealingly presented and simply delicious. The atmosphere was delightful and the staff was pleasant and courteous. Exceptional meal and impeccable service - definitely a must return.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 31 July 2023

We had a great experience with Candlenut starting at the booking. The restaurant was very quick and helpful communicating with us regarding 1 of us being vegetarian. We went as part of our honeymoon and the food and service were excellent. We loved our waiter...too, wish we had his name!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023

Update - due to a caring team and excellent customer service, we have updated the overall rating, we appreciate it. We had a pretty weak experience at Candlenut with the least satisfying part being that it was very overpriced and very poor value. We ordered...the tasting menu. We sat outside and the service was slow and while our waitress was very nice she had to go get an extra menu and read off the menu to describe the dishes. The chairs outside had low backs and were uncomfortable. The music sounded like hotel lobby smooth jazz and got repetitive and unenjoyable by the end of the meal. We liked the small bite sized starters but all the entrees of the tasting menu were brought out at the same time and were kind of lukewarm, it seemed like they may have been made a while ahead of time. We thought the beef short rib kapitan curry and the Babi assam were just okay, tasted kind of similar, and the flavors did not pop - really none of the entrees tasted great. The cassava kueh dessert was excellent but tiny. The bubur ketan hitam black glutinous rice sorbet dessert dish tasted like watered down oatmeal and was a major miss. We paid $376 for two tasting menus and one drink each and we would have rather gone to a hawker center where we could have paid 10 times less. Perhaps it was an off night but if you are like us and only have a few nights in Singapore unfortunately we would definitely not recommend eating here based off our dinner experience.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 22 June 2023

Outstanding experience. We visited with friends to celebrate a special birthday and had a terrific evening here. The food was beautiful and the portions just right. The restaurant has a lovely relaxed atmosphere and the service we received from Jester was friendly and fun. The...follow-up email from the restaurant thanking us for booking was a nice touch. Wish I lived in Singapore!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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