Nyonya & Baba

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Tucked away in a corner of VivoCity is this little restaurant with the usual Peranakan accoutrements (think colored tiles and dark wood “kopi tiam” tables). The menu is made up of standard Peranakan favorites such as ayam buah keluak; bakwan kepiting (crab and pork balls in soup); babi pongteh; and chendol. All in all, a good place to be if all you want is a simple, homespun meal without any fuss.

Tucked away in a corner of VivoCity is this Peranakan restaurant which is pleasantly furnished with little Peranakan touches (think old‑world‑looking colored tiles and dark wood tables). We got a lovely corner table and somehow everything felt right—it wasn’t phony, noisy or overcrowded.

The food here was also pretty good. The papaya titek was a peppery‑yet‑sweet flavorful soup with soft papaya pieces—we loved it. The nonya crayfish was also competently executed, although it did not blow us away. We ordered the ayam buah keluak—which was tasty, although we’d have liked the buah keluak to be fluffier. Piping hot white rice was the perfect complement to the lemak puteh—a deliciously sweet vegetable curry.

The sweet wait staff recommended the chendol for dessert and boy, was it good. All that yummy sweetness arrived in a tall glass with loads of delicious bits thrown in. It was not too sweet and just utterly delightful. All meals should be like this—robust, simple and completely unpretentious.

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Venue Details
Address: Nyonya & Baba, #01-54/56 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore, 098585 Singapore
Phone: 6376-9138
Area: VivoCity and HarbourFront
Cuisine: Peranakan
Price Range: $
Open since: December, 2006
Opening hours: daily 11am-3pm, 5:30-10pm
Nearest trainTelok Blangah
Reservation recommended, Parking available: at VivoCity, Takeaway available
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