we went to try this after seeing so much about this nonya restaurant.
We order ayam buah kelauk, ngoh hiang, otak, sambal kangkong, sambal sotong and sambal fish and of course the famous chendol.
Total cost around $140 for 7 person. Still find the price a bit steep especially it cost around $20 for the chicken and fish. 2 pieces of otak cost $12.
Putting the price aside, we like the otak, fish and sotong. The chendol is worth the try and refreshing.
The restaurant is simple furnished and they do not charge GST and service charge.
This restaurant has been around since 1953. We have been scouting around for home made AYAM BUAH KELUAK, HEE PEOW SOUP and Nonya OTAK OTAK but have never been able to find one close to grandma's cooking. We find the one served at Guan Hoe Soon the closest to grandma's cooking, especially the AYAM BUAH KELUAK (grandma says it herself). So we give this restaurant a high rating in terms of the food served.
Price : From $6 to $22 per dish. Reasonable and portions are average. If you have a table of 8, then the medium portion is recommended. Otherwise you will leave the restaurant wondering if you had eaten your dinner.
Recommendation : Must Try the Chendol after your meal! This is draped with Gula Melaka and the coconut is super rich. Not for the faint hearted. The bobo chacha is also fantastic. Gives you the umph!
Location : Get there early or make a reservation for guaranteed seating. There is a huge parking lot right in front of the restaurant so no worries about parking. But if you come too late, perhaps after 7:30, the lots will be full and there might also be no place to sit in the restaurant. So always be early....so that you can enjoy your meal.
Staff : Service can be improved. Perhaps it is the dinner crowd. The person taking the order can be a bit impatient. So if you see that the place is too crowded, get set on your minds what you want to eat and just fire away your orders. There are only a select few (only one) who are experts at taking orders. The rest of the staffs are not locals and definitely not familiar with Peranakan food. So make sure you order from the right person because Chendol might end up being QingDou.
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