CITY HALL - Violet Oon is somewhat of a national treasure when it comes to Peranakan cuisine, the uniquely Singaporean fusion of Chinese, Indian and Malay flavours and cooking styles. Not only is she an accomplished chef, but she has also written cookbooks on Nonya and Baba cuisine, hosted TV cooking shows, and worked as a food critic covering the local culinary culture. So it makes sense that her latest restaurant is housed in the historic and iconic National Gallery. Here you can sample her refined Singaporean classic dishes in an elegant setting with design and decor that offers nods to Peranakan culture and history.
Why you should come here:
This is authentic Peranakan cuisine with great views and ambiance to boot. The opulent interiors include dark wood and mirror panels, leather banquettes and marble-topped tables, and there are plenty of Peranakan touches like colourful floral tiles on the walls and floor, rattan ceiling fans and a memory wall with photos of Singaporean cooks and families. The food is is a tad pricey, but the flavours are big and bold, the service is good, and it’s just a great experience overall.
What we love:
We really do love the ambiance here. It’s quaint, colourful and comfortable. As for the food, we highly recommend the Kuay Pie Tee (bite-sized ‘top hat’ cups filled with a bamboo shoot, turnip and prawn bisque and topped with prawns, chilli sauce and sweet fruit sauce), the Rojak (a traditional sweet, sour and spicy fruit salad), the Dry Laksa with rice noodles, prawns, tau pok and beansprouts in a mild laksa gravy, and the Cod in Creamy Laksa Sauce.
This is a great spot to plan an evening with friends who are visiting from out of town, as they can try a wide variety of local classics in a really beautiful setting. Be sure to head up to the rooftop afterwards for great views and a post-prandial drink. Night. Sorted. We recommend going with a few people so you can taste and share a number the dishes. As for drinks, there isn’t much in terms of cocktails and wine drink, and their corkage fee is $45++.
About $40++ (excluding drinks).
Where: 1 St. Andrew's Road #02-01, National Gallery, S 178957