For the last couple of years, there has been one restaurant which I insist on visiting during each and every trip to Singapore. That restaurant is Candlenut, and is my top recommendation to anyone looking to visit the Lion City. I simply love the modern Peranakan cuisine that Malcolm Lee is doing at this place. For the first part of my trip this year, I even went so far as to stay in the Dorsett Singapore... so I could just walk out of hotel lobby and into the restaurant.
Since my last visit, the restaurant has decided to switch to a tasting menu format for dinner. That is actually bad news for us "regulars", because we've gone through most of Malcolm's repertoire and would prefer to cherry-pick our own dishes. On this trip, given that I am coming to eat by myself, I decided to do lunch instead.
What I actually love most about Candlenut are actually the desserts. So before I even stepped foot inside, I had already made up my mind that I was gonna order THREE desserts... and take just one savory dish to start.
I was sweating a lot when I walked in, so I ordered myself a calamansi juice. I had forgotten that they serve it straight up without adding any sugar, and provide a small pitcher of syrup on the side. I like that.
By the way... as I was on my second dessert, one of the waitresses came over and suggested that I order the buah keluak ice cream, since it was their signature dessert. Well, I've had that a couple of times already, and while it is indeed very special and creative, I'd rank it as #4 out of the 4 desserts available at lunch. And no, I didn't have the stomach space for a fourth dessert, anyway...
P.S. I was still burping up durian some 5 hours after lunch finished. That's how good it was.