With a seating capacity of only around 20, Baba Wins’ Peranakan Cuisine is probably the smallest restaurant in Star Vista. You have to navigate your way carefully within the restaurant to avoid knocking into the other diners. We had lunch there recently.
The clever use of mirrors and decorative wallpapers simulating the facade of a traditional Peranakan house give the interior a slightly more spacious feel. But when the other diners arrive and occupy the adjoining tables, there is no doubt that you are in a small place. The menu features the usual Peranakan dishes. We ordered a nonya chap chye ($10), a beef rendang ($16) and a chicken curry ($12).
Chap chye is our staple Peranakan dish which we almost always order. Here at Baba Wins’, we found that the taste of this dish was one-dimensional. No complexity of taste and flavours that we associate with this dish. The beef rendang on the other hand was very good, both in terms of taste and texture. It was a well made dish and was our favourite of the day. The portion was also large, more than adequate to be shared by three people. The final dish, chicken curry was good but not exceptional.
It is not easy to write an overall conclusion as the quality of the dishes varied so much. I suppose you will have to try enough dishes to see which ones appeal to you. Rice and ice water cost $1 and $0.30 each. So our lunch for three came up to around $15 per head.
There is an executive lunch option of $14.90 or $15.90 depending on the choice of dishes. So it may make better sense to order that if you are dining alone or in a party of two, assuming the items in the set are suitable for you.
Baba Wins’ Peranakan Cuisine
#01-23 The Star Vista
1 Vista Exchange Green
Tel: 6268 9370
Nearby Station : Buona Vista