The world’s first Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurantAt lifestyle destination COMO Dempsey, Candlenut serves up elevated, contemporary Peranakan cuisine. Enjoy a dining experience reminiscent of Peranakan banquets of yesteryear – where myriad communal dishes are presented in small servings so every guest gets to experience the complex, rich tastes of Peranakan food. Diners can choose from more than 40 appetisers, mains and desserts from the a la carte menu for lunch and dinner. For those who prefer to leave it to the chef, you can opt for a sensational 10-course tasting menu for dinner. Candlenut has admirers spread much further afield than Singapore, so reservations are always essential.
Please note that Candlenut only accepts bookings up to 30 days in advance and that tables will only be held for 15 minutes.
The flagship in Singapore’s armada of funky new-age Peranakan restaurants, Candlenut presents Singapore’s most emblematic cuisine in a way nobody has before. In its new and larger premises at new lifestyle destination COMO Dempsey, Candlenut is refined and exquisite yet unpretentious and casual. It is one of those restaurants hard to put in a box with a label on it – unless that label is a Michelin Star, because Candlenut is the only Peranakan restaurant in the world to hold one. The brainchild of young superstar chef Malcolm Lee, Candlenut has made waves reverberating well beyond Dempsey, Singapore and Asia – but Candlenut is a place you can still feel the pure passion, unornamented authenticity and desire to enjoy cooking and eating that started it all for Lee.
Candlenut celebrates the fusion of Asian flavours and techniques that is at the heart of Peranakan cuisine. As well as the traditional Chinese and Malay influences, Lee injects plenty of his own intuition to make some downright delicious creations – one favourite at Candlenut’s celebrated Outram Park restaurant was a classic Peranakan buah keluak dish, souped up with sous-vide Wagyu beef instead of traditional pork ribs. The menu changes frequently at Candlenut but whatever it is will probably be one of the most memorable meals you eat in Singapore. The new Candlenut restaurant at COMO Dempsey has an expanded seating capacity of 92, including an eight-seat private room perfect for intimate dinners or casual business lunches, as well as an al fresco dining area. Book a table and head to Dempsey Road to find out what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Great food, nice place! The staff are friendly and helpful.
Excellent service, great food. Book in advance as this restaurant became popular after the Michelin star.
If you are interested in peranakan culture, you can try to have classic peranakan food. New place at Dempsey hill is better condition and fancy interior. Small dishes is not enough so you add various kinds of foods. It is not bad for me. :-)
Every dish was amazing and strong in flavours. Would have enjoyed the meal more if the portions were smaller - we simply had too much to eat.
If I could give Candlenut more than 5 stars I would. The dinner I had here is one of my favourite dinners ever and I cannot wait to go back. The restaurant is modern and spacious. It was close to full when we arrived but didn't feel too crowded or noisy. There is an interesting selection of bottled beers and a small, but very reasonably priced, wine list. Dinner is a tasting menu which some people dislike but I personally love, especially when it is a cuisine with which I am unfamiliar. And what a meal it was! The first course was 4 starters, each just a mouthful or two. There was eel, charred octopus, crab cake and beef satay. Each was delicious but the table was unanimous in that the crab cake was the standout winner. The second course was made up of 5 dishes: soup with mackerel, crab and pork, mushroom kerabu, pork cheek stew, red snapper & baby squid. What a feast! Every dish was exquisite and full of flavour. We all loved the mushroom kerabu. I think the pork cheek was my favourite but I would happily eat them all again, and again! Dessert was a choice from 5 options. I went for the buah keluak ice cream which was delicious. My companions went for kueh salat and the kueh bingkah. Each was very well received. All in all this was an amazing meal and I cannot wait to go back. Excellent value for money as well, 60++ per person, and we couldn't even eat all of the food.
This was my second time visit since this year, and the first since Candlenut received its Michelin star. I was not disappointed as literally all the dishes hit the perfect note. All the dishes have a distinctively peranakan signature to it, e.g. cincalok, sambal, ginger flower, and other spices, despite having a modern Western face. For example, wagyu beef satay and the shell-fish based soup. Amongst a table of great dishes, some of the best highlights of the evening are the pong tau hu soup, lamb rendang, and kuih salat. The service staff also deserve their praises, and Felix was as attentive as the first time I visit. I look forward to visit this place again.
Service staff could be better and more prompt but otherwise pleasant. Waiting time was accepted given that the restaurant was almost at full capacity. Ordered 4 dishes: Buah Keluak Chicken could have been more flavourful. The Asam fish was middling and could have been afforded more spiciness and sourness. Would not order again. Candlenut Chicken satay was the highlight of the meal. The chicken was nicely marinated and well grilled. Satay sauce was good and the pineapple sauce gave it a nice kick. Buah Keluak Ice Cream could only be described as a strange experience. It's something that one needs to try to know how it tastes like but not something that I would want to eat again. Order just 1 to share since the ice cream feels a bit on the heavy side, despite the small serving. Would visit to try other dishes again.
Exquisite Peranakan food - they've only got a tastings menu now without any ala carte menu but the selection was delightful. All 3 dessert items on the menu were out of this world! And all the main dishes were hits! Just 2 minor gripes though. While the staff were polite and professional, they lacked warmth, tact and initiative: - The staff who pointed the toilet out to me did not warn me that the automatic tap wasn't working, so I ended up soaping my hands with no water to rinse :X I had to open the door with my elbow and get a staff to help. She simply told me 'oh not working use (bidet) hose'. I said 'you should have a sign!'. She said "yes 'there' -> pointing at a dainty note ON THE DOOR OUTSIDE telling patrons who would already be inside the toilet that the tap was faulty and that they should use the (BIDET) HOSE to wash their hands. That's kinda gross, especially since some people may use the hose for their intended purpose - to wash their asses. But luckily the staff held it for me so I'm cool! - For a considerably fine-dining place, I personally found the way the staff went around telling patrons that 'belachan is chargeable' or 'hot water is chargeable' abit tactless. Should put it across in a better way. However, all in all the food made up for the minor gripes - just be prepared to pay for the little extras you ask for, and don't use the toilet; and your visit would be perfect.
A delicious and innovative take on traditional Peranakan food that will satiated yet leave one craving for what new tastes can be explored. Serving are smallish which allows one to try more of what Candlenut has to offer on their menu. I recommend the Buah keluak Beef ribs, spicy sambal petai, crispy pork belly and don't forget to ask what specials they have available. finish off the meal with an amazing Buah Keluak ice-cream. Beware! You will often end up eating more than you set out to have!
Candlenut has since moved from its previous location at Dorsett to a sparkling new venue at Como Dempsey. Whilst the lighting, fixtures, and decor definitely added points to the general ambience, my visit to the establishment had been somewhat marred by intermittent service, and hit-and-miss dishes. It is said that it is often harder, and hence, more stressful to retain the Michelin star than to earn a first one. With that in mind, Candlenut would have a long year ahead of them.
Simply love the authentic peranakan food! Most of them are divine especially my favorite assam sotong. This is one of the dishes i must order. Last week, brought few friends there and we ordered like 6-7 dishes for four of us. Within 25 minutes, all the dishes are cleared!!!!!!! The staff there are very warm and service oriented except it is not easy to get a last minute reservation other than that, i won't hesitate to recommend Candlenut to anyone.
It was my second time in Candlenut this week. Brought my family members to try Candlenut and they loved the food! The service team was very cordial and attentive. Love the potato leaf with curry, buah keluak wagyu beef, Pork Jowl salad on Betel leaf. Great experience and great food!
Yummy, modern Peranakan food! Traditionalists may find the experience disconcerting. Candlenut's version of beef (gasp!) buah keluak has added the flesh of the nut added into the gravy, resulting in a thick, dark, fragrant sauce that you just can't stop eating with rice. Those who love the flavour and texture of buah keluak but dislike the work involved will cheer and eat up. Other must-try dishes include kueh pie tee, ngoh hiang, chap chye, and mum's curry. Portions are a generous serving for four.
I have been to candlenut a few times as i like the ambience as well as the food. Food is divine and the assam squid is delicate. Awesome in short!! Today i brought my Boss and colleague there and they both shared my comment. However, i was a little disappointed to learn that the ala carte menu will be taken off soon. I will bring another group of friends there next week to avoid disappointment of the ala carte menu. But for sure i will not stop bringing people there to enjoy the food there. People there are warm and service oriented. Like this place very much but it is difficult to get a reservation. My boss tried booking for coming saturday when we were there during lunch today but they are fully booked even consider two days in advanced.
At Candlenut, you will find fantastic food and incredibly thoughtful and attentive service! I thoroughly appreciate the service of the staff who assisted us with a birthday celebration. The dining experience with Candlenut was superb and we will definitely be spreading the word about this place!
The food today was excellent - perhaps better than at our previous visits. Our guests from UK and USA are all very familiar with Peranakan food, and agreed that it was very good. Candlenut now offers only a tasting menu for dinner, which is a bummer. Definitely not something a regular is likely to be keen about, as it limits selection, and is too heavy / expensive at $50++. Please bring us back the ability to choose!
I've been a fan of Candlenut for a long time, and this lunch was the same -- I hosted a group of visitors (from US and UK) here, and they loved the food. They did find the "choking" squid tasty but a little too spicy, which to me was a good thing since it speaks to the authenticity of the cooking!
The food is excellent. This is one of the best Peranakan Cuisine in town. Dinner is pre-set omakase menu, which would allow you enjoy a selection of the best Nonya dishes. It's good value for money too - only SGD 60 dollar per head. Service is a bit lacking though. The old uncle has ear problem that may take wrong orders, not professional serving champagne. But friendly and genuine so I'm not blaming him. Check out SerenaGourmet on Instagram for more food pictures for Candlenut.
Fantastic ambience. Love the vibe of the new location in Como dempsey. Given that we had a table of multiple people with dietary restrictions, the chef was attentive to our needs and detailed in his delivery of food. We ordered the tasting menu $88 which was really wholesome and worth it. The flower crab curry and buah keluak ice cream stood out the most for me. Was expecting to be digging out the nut from the ayam buah keluak dish (my favourite Peranakan dish) but the chef has already done the job, which was just as fine. Also the service is very hospitable and friendly.
Good service and great food. The food quality was already very good when they were at Neil Road, but has definitely matured since their move to the current location. It's difficult to apply a modern take to something as steeped in tradition as Peranakan food, but Candlenut does it exceptionally well.