When I think about Peranakan cuisines, I think of delectable food with a touch of culture. I have passed by the Nyonya & Baba Peranakan Cuisine Restaurant at VivoCity countless times and I have been wanting to try out the dishes for the longest time.
Oriental looking entrance
I expected more from its interior design but alas this was what greeted us.
If you think there was nothing creative in the design of the restaurant, behold because the food is as mediocre as the design of the place. It’s like giving you the false hope of glorious atmosphere and sumptuous Peranakan food but what greets you is worst then what you can get from coffee shops/food courts.
Yes it was that bad. :X
Archar – $1.50
It’s not that I want to be a cheapskate. But I really don’t like it when restaurants gives you stuff like that without you ordering anything yet (e.g. archar in this case) and charge you later for what you did not request for.
Chendol – $4.50
We drank this initially and thought, okay not too bad and our hopes for the other dishes increased.
Baby Kailan w Oyster Sauce – $10
I don’t understand how this could be so tasteless. Where on earth was the oyster sauce?
Bakwan Kepiting – $12
So so so disappointed. The soup was bland.
Udang Masak Nanas (Pineapple Prawn Curry) – $17
One of the better dishes. I liked the gravy alot. But $17 is quite a price for just that few pieces of prawns.
Ngo Hiong – $8
Tasted pretty normal to me. Very much like those you get from economic bee hoon stores.
Ayam Buah Keluah – $12
Yet another lacklustre dish.
Long Bean Sambal – $10
This was slightly better than the kailan
Sago Gula Melaka – $3.80
This is like the last chance I gave them. No one should screw up Gula Melaka. They didn’t for that matter of fact, but for a restaurant citing to offer great Peranakan dishes, they did not excel either.
The breakdown of the bill. Sad to say, I’ll never go back to this place anymore. Not after they spoilt the image of Peranakan food in my heart. Imagine if tourists patronizes them and assume that Peranakan food taste just like that, it would be quite a disappointment and it would definitely ruin the wonderful culinary skills image Peranakans have.
I would be making a trip to Penang soon where I hope I can savor the real deal and then I can really judge this place.
Some loots from July. Bags are purchased online at a real steal. Loving them very much!
Vincci shoes from Johor Premium Outlet. Many people say that JPO has got nothing much and the discounts are not that fantastic and stuff. Some even claim that the items are fake! Well, after visiting JPO, I can assure you that 1) The items are real, 2) The discounts varies. You can get up to 70% off for some products, 3) The items on sale might be off season but unless you are an extreme fashionista I don’t reckon it would matter.
Do note that the cosmetics and fragrance shop offers a limited range only. They carry brands like Origins, Shu Uemura, Lancome, Polo and etc. This lipstick cost me RM 41 only!
There any many deals online that brings you to JPO with lunch/dinner and all. Alternatively, you can opt to take the public buses from Causeway Link.