Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant at Joo Chiat Place, with its bright tablecloths and wet tissue packs, provides a stark contrast to the elegant setting of the University Club (our previous post). The Peranakan style decor is not what the restaurant is noted for but it has won a list of accolades for its authentic nonya cuisine. They serve all the staple nonya dishes such as ayam bua kuluak, babi ponteh, sambal sotong, kepetin bak wan, assam fish head and aassorted kueh-kueh.
We ordered our favourites – Chap Chye (mixed vegetables stew) and Ngoh Hiang (a roll of meats and vegetables with five-spice powder) – as well as the Bibik Curry Chicken.
We found the chap chye ($6.80) to be a little too soft and a bit bland. The ngoh hiang ($6) was nicely fried and tasted good. The curry chicken ($8.50) was the best dish. It was flavourful with the right touch of spiciness and consistency. We also liked the achar ($2), which was meant as a tangy appetiser but went very well with the rice and curry.
Chilli Padi Nonya Restaurant is not a fancy place and there is nothing particular to rave about. However, it is one of the first places to come to mind when we like to have traditional nonya food at reasonable prices.
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating : 3 TOPs.
Average price per person for dinner – $18.
11 Joo Chiat Place #01-03
Tel: +65 6275 1002