Peranakan Inn & Lounge Review




Fancy some old-school Peranakan food?

We had always walked past Peranakan Inn & Lounge but never really stepped into them. It is nested in a row of traditional shophouses along East Coast Road. This restaurant has been around since 1985 and was started by Bob Seah. It is one of the oldest Peranakan Restaurants in Singapore, and Past Singapore old Guards like President Wee Kim Wee and Goh Ken Swee had dined there. 

From the outside, the facade exudes an old charm. While you would be expecting a dingy interior, the bright yet traditional interior would surprise you.

Traditional wooden chairs and marble stone tables are used in line with the old-school charm. 

There is even an old-school dressing table/altar at the corner of the restaurant.


FOOD REVIEW
We tried a few of the usual Peranakan fare for the evening. We had the Sambal Sotong, Ayam Buah Keluak and Beef Rendang

Sambal Sotong
Sambal Sotong
The Sambal Sotong will be the dish for you if you are a fan of sour delicacies. You will have a whiff of the dish even before you taste it. That is how strong the sambal is in the dish. The sotong was cook right and chewy. 

Ayam Buah Keluak
Ayam Buah Keluak

We had tried Ayam Buah Keluak at other Peranakan Restuarants before. This is a traditional Peranakan dish that consist of chicken, tamaring gravy and buah keluak buts. This version is more watery rather than thick. It is also less dark compared to the ones we acted before. It is good, but not the best dish we tried. 

Beef Rendang
Beef Rendang

Among the dishes we tried, the beef rendang is probably the best one. The beef was tender and the spices mixed right.

Verdict
While the ambience is a nice touch, the food was less memorable. As Peranakan dishes can be an acquired taste, the experience may be different for regular Peranakan foodies. 

Nonetheless, if you would like to be transported to the past, Peranakan Inn & Lounge would be a good place to start your escapade. There is no service charge and GST, which means more bang for your bucks too!




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