Babalicious is a casual restaurant serving Peranakan food as well as Tong Fatt Hainanese Chicken Rice. Babalicious Peranakan Cuisine & Hainanese Chicken Rice restaurant located in Marine Cove, East Coast Park has good value set meals. Their food is not fanciful but does taste like authentic Peranakan home-style dishes.
The decor of Babalicious at Marine Cove is simple – pleasant but unlikely to be featured in any interior decorations magazine. However, there are attractive and witty murals on the walls. There is a children’s play corner within the air-conditioned main dining hall. The outdoor seating gives a good view of the popular new children’s playground of Marine Cove and of East Coast Park.
Babalicious has electronic menus mounted on the tables in the main dining area. Hainanese chicken rice and a wide range of traditional nyonya dishes are available. They also have a menu for the little nyonyas and babas. A link to their online menu is below. Here are some random pages from their electronic menu.
Currently, Babalicious offers attractive set meals for lunch as well as dinner. The set meals allow you to make selections from the ala carte menu. Here are pictures of sections of their set menus.
We ordered their Set for 2 ($28). The set comprises a soup, chicken with rice, 2 other dishes plus desserts. For the soup we chose the Bawang Kepiting Soup and opted for the Nyonya Chap Chye for the vegetables dish. We also selected the Nyonya Ngo Hiang and Roasted Chicken with Chicken Rice. The food was served within minutes. The serving portion was quite generous – more than enough to be shared by 2 average diners. Service was courteous and efficient.
We thought the Bawang Kepiting Soup was very good. The soup with crunchy shredded bamboo shoots was flavourful and the meatballs had a good combination of pork, prawn and crab meat. The simple looking soup dish had many layers of taste. It was delicious.
The Nyonya Chap Chye was of the expected standard though we found the broth to be a tad too salty. The Ngo Hiang was another good item. The bean curd skin was crispy and the minced meat and prawn filling had a good texture with some crunchy bits of carrot and water chestnut. The overall taste was good.
The Roasted Chicken was tender and succulent. It was generously doused with a sauce which was a little too sweet for our liking. Aside from the sweetness of the sauce, the overall taste was not bad. The rice cooked with chicken stock was fragrant and tasty and had the right texture – enjoyable on its own even.
For desserts, we selected the Chendol and the Sago Gula Melaka. When they were served, even the staff had difficulty trying to tell which was which. They looked the same and tasted the same. Not bad but not quite worth the extra calorie intake.
On the whole, the dinner at Bablicious Reranakan Restaurant at Marine Cove was an enjoyable meal. The Bawang Kepiting and Ngo Hiang were very good and the rest of the dishes were not bad. It was a lot of food for 2 at only $28. We thought it a was really a good value meal.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
1000 East Coast Parkway,
#01-02 Marina Cove,
Tel: +65 6636 3681
Sun-Thu : 10.30am – 10pm
Fri & Sat : 10.30am – 11pm