O’nya Sayang’s two Asian restaurants in Singapore were founded to keep the traditions of Peranakan cuisine alive in the minds and mouths of the younger generation, encouraging diners to explore this tradition – so intertwined with Singapore’s history – in an environment far removed from the rustic kampong. O’nya Sayang means ‘love of a Peranakan mother’, and indeed here in the heart of Geylang, right by the station along Paya Lebar Road, you can indulge in a wealth of classic Peranakan dishes, cooked just like your nyonya used to.
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Both O’nya Sayang restaurants in Singapore – here along Geylang’s Paya Lebar Road and another at in the Tampines Mall – were set up by executive chef Zan Ho, who found his feet in the kitchen by growing up with his mother and aunties always busy cooking the unique fusion of Straits Chinese and Malay cuisines that we know as Peranakan cuisine. Balancing exotic ingredients and spices, O’nya Sayang’s Paya Lebar branch creates complex and robust dishes, some of which require many days preparation.
Take your tables at O’nya Sayang’s chic, bright and airy restaurant right by Paya Lebar station along Paya Lebar Road in Geylang and it’s impossible not to take note of the enticing fragrance of traditional Peranakan cuisine. This is one of the original Asian fusion cuisines, and while it is known and enjoyed in Singapore it’s less often given the kind of modern approach you find here at O’nya Sayang. Fan or newbie, book a table and enjoy classics like ngoh hiang and ayam buah keluak, bakwan kepeting soup, ikan assam pedas, to babi pongteh and nyonya chap chye plus many others like the highly recommended beef rendang.
great food and service, went back a few more times
food is still of good quality and staff are very attentive, i brought my friends along this time
the food is still at its standard. The brinja with spicy haebe on top is a bit not so good, compared to my previous lunch before Chinese new year. This time round, the haebe is a bit too dry, as though like overdone, and not spicy at all.
It is located at the basement of Paya Lebar square and the premises is bright, clean and comfortable. The food taste is good and the portion is generous.
The 3 pax set meal portion was generous. 4 of us girls shared and still had leftovers. But we kept stomach room for additional drinks (set comes with free soft drinks but we chose to pay for other drinks like bandung and longan) and desserts. Love the chap chye and babi pongteh most. Total bill was about $27/pax
Atmosphere was typical of casual dining. The coconut drinks were refreshing and succulent. The food was average: Ordered babi pongteh, ayam buah keluak, and sambal petai; the dishes were on the sweet side, would have tasted better by enhancing the spicy flavor. For dessert, the chendol jelly wasn't thoroughly defrosted, luckily rescued by the flavorful coconut milk and gula melaka.
The food was good. One of the best peranakan food I have tasted in Singapore. We spent about $98/- for the three of us which is quite reasonable and not too expensive. Service was excellent with the wait staff being very attentive.
The beef rendang came in a huge bowl and we struggled to finish it in the end - recommended for people with a huge appetite! My second time here, but I was a tad disappointed because of the service level had dropped.
the chap chai (vegetable cooked in clear gravy) was rather saltish. Please improve on the sambal blancha as well. Still saltish, although this is to dip with food. On a separate note, how are my accumulated be used?
the peranakan food here is nice, very well flavoured with a lot of spices and quite well priced. need to self service for water but that's ok.