had another expiring groupon to use, and went with sis & bil to dulukala peranakan restaurant at beauty word centre on 29.1.2016. ^^
met my daughter & her bf at the food centre. she was left unsatisfied the other day when we were here as top1 was closed. this time her wish was granted. i will try the stall another time. 🙂
i had a S$80 groupon voucher. we ordered 5 dishes including the S$25.90 assam fish head. it came to S$83.70 including service no GST, so effectively about S$51.50 (S$47.80 for S$80 voucher). 🙂
restaurant was simply furnished, just some display & framed sketches.
they had a classic nonya silver belt. this one has 4 tingkat layers on interlocking rings.
assam fish head was ok. fish was fresh, quite meaty. assam was ok, we still finished all the gravy, but it was not like specially tasty, just average, so-so really.
overall the dish fell far short in terms of shiokness c/w the thai style fish head at forture, the zi char at old holland road.
the sotong hitam was quite poor. it was artificially sweet – sugar…a small serving for S$13.90. my first impression was we got a small serving because of groupon discount?? but i didn’t think so as except for this & the small serving of chap chai, the other dishes seemed ok.
i would say this was quite poor dish. the very nice unique squid ink flavour was absent.
the ayam buah keluak did not resemble anything like the restuarant photo (which looked wonderful!)
chicken itself was very so-so, dry, but the serving was substantial & the gravy was quite excellent, didn’t feel so at first taste but it gets into you. like the dish overall though it is easy to have the chicken a lot more tender.
the chap chai also did not resemble the restaurant menu photo.
a very small serving. taste was pretty good with the tau jeon.
the lady fingers with ikan bilis was tasty. i must try cooking some dishes with ikan bilis.
the simple ikan bilis bee hoon (very ex at S$4) we had recently at ayer rajah food centre also very tasty.
overall with the groupon discounts, S$51.50 for 5 dishes including fish head was quite good price.
still it didn’t give me the same satisfaction of a good S$10 curry rice for 2pax like that at hoower food court in haig road; or a
on balance, ok to try but for myself don’t think i would want to take this again.
Dulukala Peranakan Restaurant