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5.5 /6 Wonderful 21 Reviews

INDOCAFÉ - the white house

Newton Asian, Peranakan $$$ +100
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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.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Saturday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
  • Sunday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 22:30
INDOCAFÉ - the white house, Scotts Road 35/35A, 228227 Singapore

Further Information

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!

CHEF'S CHOICE

21 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 21 Reviews
Service: extraordinary
Atmosphere: excellent
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: mute
Quality/Price: cheap
Food: heavenly
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1 review so far 6
11.05.2017 07:51

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.

1 review so far 6
07.04.2017 07:32

Food is awesome. Very good ambience. The price is reasonable as well. Highly recommended and definitely will come back here again in the near future.

2 reviews so far 6
01.04.2017 10:21

Nice environment and good location. The food taste good and we enjoy the dinner there. The staff there are nice and they provide good services.

1 review so far 6
24.02.2017 10:08

Service is very good and so is the food! Great ambience too! Love the background music and the itnterior decor of the place. Will definitely visit again!

4 reviews so far 6
01.01.2017 12:33

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.

1 review so far 5
25.04.2017 08:41

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!

2 reviews so far 5
10.04.2017 08:58

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.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 11:42

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!

1 review so far 5
24.12.2016 08:45

Nice ambience and quiet cosy place with relatively attentive service. Love the setup and well maintained restaurant. Food however was more fusion infused peranakan rather than authentic. Great for bringing Caucasian friends as not too spicy.

1 review so far 5
24.04.2017 09:38

The location is not hard to locate and it is about 5 min walk away from Netwon MRT from exit A. The ambiance of the place was good, the quality of the food nice was well.

1 review so far 6
03.01.2017 08:36

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.

2 reviews so far 5
04.01.2017 22:26

A wide variety of traditional nyonya dishes, really good service, & nice ambience. Tasting menu portions could have been smaller though as there was really too much food given. Nevertheless, a pleasant dining experience overall.

1 review so far 6
12.11.2016 12:40

Made a reservation at IndoCafe the White House using Quendon. The process was fuss-free, user friendly and delightfully smooth. Good on you guys at the Quendon team!

1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 22:56

We came here for a class reunion and had delicious Peranakan food, in a lovely setting. The staff was attentive, without being intrusive. Would definitely come back.

1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 11:18

Great food and value for money! The service was splendid with attention to timing. Overall the ambience coupled with the food and its service is impressive.

1 review so far 5
30.01.2017 16:20

The White House is the most Great atmosphere's one among all the indochine branch! Staffs are well trained and polite. A real south east Asia taste, dishes look nice and creatable!

2 reviews so far 5
14.05.2017 12:37

Unique and nice interior design and atmosphere with strong Peranakan Flavours. Food was delicious and some were unique to the restaurant. Overall very nice experience and would certainly return again!

2 reviews so far 5
18.02.2017 10:02

Wagyu rendang was well done, as was kueh pie tee. Nice ambience in a beautiful colonial house, though can get a bit noisy. Great place to bring foreign guests.

1 review so far 5
02.03.2017 16:35

A very classy place with good food and a friendly service. The staff was very helpful in selecting the for us unfamiliar dishes. I would cetainly come back.

3 reviews so far 5
29.11.2016 16:23

A hidden gem of a Peranakan restaurant - it's a beautiful intimate place, centrally located & good food. Enjoyed the renndang and the modern unusual desserts.

1 review so far 5
01.01.2017 10:52

Service is good, not too overbearing. Food quality is good too but will be better if is warmer. I like the ambience of the place.