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.
Food was very good. Service could have been better. I arrived 5 mins before my booking at 1:30 pm, the 1st thing the lady at reception told us was: "we have been trying to call you since last night." What 's the big deal? We arrived on time as per our booking?
Staffs were attentive and considerate to our dietary preferences. Server made a point to explain each dish. It was a delightful experience to dine at Candlenut!
I really enjoyed Candlenut. Great local food with soulfull and heart. Nice service too. And great value for money. I warmly recommend it to you !
Generally a place with good food. Every dish satisfied the palate. Ambience was good. It was a place that was accessible by MRT train. The nearest train station is Outram Park MRT station. It helps to make reservation as seats are limited.
Great food, attentive service, convenient location. The best Peranakan restaurant in Singapore in my opinion. Location is accessible for train station 2 mins walk away. They will however be moving to Dempsey in June/July which makes it more easily accessible by car.
Candlenut is one of my favourite local restaurants, with amazing flavours. One suggestion is perhaps tiered set dinners can also be considered in the future.
Candlenut really serves Great tasting peranakan food! Will definitely visit again in the future, and try the other dishes. Interesting desserts were available as well.
Setting is casual but very chic and modern. Staff helpful but not obstrusive. Food respects its Peranakan roots with authenticity in its ingredients but gives it a nice little twist or zing to challenge your palate and surprises you. For serious Peranakan cognoscenti, do ala carte and not omakase.
The service is great although I was surprised at having to pay 60cents for warm water! The food is delicious and the desserts beautifully presented. The chef used a selection of herbs that worked really well with the diverse dishes.
The food is outstanding but their insistence that we could only have bottled water and their refusal to serve us perfectly safe Singapore tap water (even though we said we would pay for it) did detract from the experience. Otherwise, I would have given it a 6.