A trusted name in Singapore, Straits Chinese Restaurant is where locals go for authentic Peranakan cuisine and an all-around superlative dining experience and is included in the Michelin Guide for 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively. The Keck Seng Tower outlet – you’ll find the other branch at Chinatown Plaza – is where you’ll experience some of the city-state’s best Peranakan dishes, all home-cooked and made using traditional recipes. Found inside of Keck Seng Tower on Cecil Street, just steps from Raffles Place and the downtown core, Straits Chinese Restaurant is the place to go for nyonya comfort food in the heart of the city.
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Peranakan food there was great, especially the buah keluak chicken (chef said they soaked and repeatedly cleaned the candlenut for 1 week). Chef was very friendly and even gave us complimentary nyonya kuih to end the meal.
Food is good, quality assured, portions generous. Service staff are courteous and experienced.
Peranakan or nyonya cuisine combines the best of the Chinese and Malaysian kitchens, blending an array of spices and flavours with a range of ingredients including various rare mushrooms, fresh seafood and chillies. In Singapore, Straits Chinese Restaurant is leading the charge in that realm, drawing in locals with Peranakan heritage as well as tourists on the hunt for Singapore’s best cuisine. The restaurant’s location in Keck Seng Tower only moments from Raffles Place makes it all the more attractive for local workers.
Since 1953, Straits Chinese Restaurant near Raffles Place has been serving up their dishes to hordes of regulars and adventurous diners from all over the world. This Cecil Street restaurant features both Peranakan and Chinese menus, so feel free to mix and match to enjoy the best of both cuisines. Specialities from the menu include the beef rendang, the ikan sambal goreng and the babi panggang, a Peranakan grilled pork dish that’s served with a zesty sauce. The desserts at Straits Chinese are also worth ordering – choose from favourites like the water chestnut with coconut milk, the longan jelly and the sago honeydew. Booking ahead is a must when planning to dine at this local legend in Singapore’s Keck Seng Tower.