INDOCAFÉ - the white house
About INDOCAFÉ - the white house
Riding the new wave of Peranakan cuisine in Singapore – a period of self-discovery, reinterpretation and invention in terms of culinary culture in the Little Red Dot – Indocafe is perfectly positioned (in more ways than one) to push the envelope when it comes to showcasing the ways that Portuguese, Dutch, British Malay, Indonesian and Chinese influences have played their part in the famously tasty food of Singapore. Located in a handsome colonial-era building – ‘The White House’ – up on Scotts Road in Newton (easily reached from the cosmopolitan action of Orchard), Indocafe is the ideal destination for diners wanting to understand the intricacies of Peranakan cuisine.
Peranakan culture was initially a literal (royal) marriage of two cultures – that of mainland imperial China and what came to be known as the Straits of Malacca – initiated by the union of Princess Hang Li Po of the Ming Dynasty and the sultan of Malacca. This paved the way for waves of migration from China into Indonesia and Malaysia, with of course the intermingling of culinary cultures a vital consequence. Here in Singapore, the widespread ‘genre’ of Peranakan cuisine is particularly influenced by the island city-state’s proximity to Indonesia, and it’s this particular set of ingredients, flavours, textures and aromas that Indocafe champions at its beautiful Newton restaurant, a heritage building along Scotts Road that itself tells a complex tale about Singapore’s modern history.
Penang otah, pulot hitam and bubur cha cha. If these terms mean anything to you – if indeed they get you excited and hungry – then you’re already familiar with Peranakan nyonya-style cooking! And you’ll be pleased to know that Indocafe lists these three dishes among their signature favourites, given a fine dining twist while never betraying their roots. We almost envy the uninitiated, though, for discovering the heartlands of Singapore’s most iconic ‘indigenous’ cuisine is an extraordinary experience. We recommend booking a table at Indocafe’s Newton restaurant and opting for the Peranakan a la carte tasting buffet to sample a wide range of delicacies, or wading into the extensive a la carte menu. Indocafe also lays on a high tea in the British tradition, with the chief exception being that you’re in for a Peranakan fusion kind of afternoon!
We had a room to ourselves (party of 5). The service was attentive and prompt. The food was very good and the desserts were to die for.
Good food Good ambience, quiet and comfortable, clean, nice decoration Price is also friendly especially the bufffet option Really good value for money Will definitely recommend to friends
This is the second time we go and really enjoy it. Great experience both times. Food is very good, service is very cordial. Do recommend for some tasty Paranakan food. Would definitely go again.
Great environment and food was really really good. Staff was pretty attentive. Overall the price is a bit expensive not much parking space. Go try.
We had a wonderful time at Indocafe on New Year's Eve. The personalised service is worthy of a praised to the staff & manager. The food is superb, especially the Wagyu Beef Rendang & Cod Fish dishes. We enjoyed the ala carte buffet deal, will come back for more if this deal is on-going.
My third return to this restaurant. We had Penang ala carte buffet lunch. However, it was not as good as my first visit last year. The food quality & standard were a little disappointing with price increase as compared to my previous visits, but the environment is still cosy and friendly, a quiet place that I like to meet friends and spend quality time with family.
I've gone past this restaurant many times but never been before. We tried the sit down buffet which is a good way to try different types of peranakan food; it's reasonably priced and food tastes good. The kueh pie tee was delicious ! Complimentary onsite parking is a big plus!
It's a beautiful vintage building from the outside. We fell in love with that place immediately after stepped into the restaurant. The food serving were just nice for the three of us. What I love the most is their unique panna cotta. I will revisit this place again.
Wonderful food and great ambience. The staff were very attentive as well. We had the ala carte buffet which had a good choice of dishes to choose from and was definitely worth it!
Yammy food. Great services. Nice decorations. Reasonable price. The nyonya cursine has a unique taste and strong in favour. Love the chicken,. Sambal chili saurce and the fire Kang kong.