House of Peranakan Capitol Piazza is the latest outlet of the House of Peranakan group of restaurants. According to the House of Peranakan website, they were established in Katong in the 80s and has been “managed by a pure Peranakan family for three generations”. Its other outlets are in Katong, Siglap and Tiong Bahru.
The retail and f & b scene at Capitol Piazza has changed quite a bit since it opened in 2015. Our post on the shops and restaurants at Capitol Piazza is seriously in need of an update. House of Peranakan Capitol Piazza has taken a medium sized space in basement two. It enjoys a direct view of the indoor fountain. The decor is functional and modern. Some of the things that betray its Peranakan intentions are the ornaments, the marble-topped tables and traditional coffee shop style chairs.
House of Peranakan Capitol Menu
The House of Peranakan Capitol menu contains the usual Peranakan dishes. Here are pictures of some pages from the menu. We ordered a selection of classic Peranakan dishes.
Here is a picture of part of the spread that we enjoyed at the House of Peranakan Capitol Piazza. The servings are not large, which meant we got to try quite a few items.
Our starters were kueh pie tee and ngoh hiang ($8 each). The kueh pie tee was average. The ngoh hiang had a nice crisp exterior but some of us would have preferred a less meaty flavour.
The assam udang ($14) was the best dish of the day. The prawns were large and nicely cooked. The tamarind paste that it was cooked in had a good balance of flavours.
The buah keluak dish is usually our highlight at a Peranakan restaurant. We thought that the ayam buah keluak dish at the House of Peranakan Capitol was not one of the best we had experienced. It was certainly a pleasant pot of chicken in nice tasting gravy, but we missed a robust buah keluak taste, especially in the stuffing that was dug out of each nut.
We had two soups – itek tim (duck and salted vegetable soup $10) and bakwang kepiting (soup with crab meatballs $10). The itek dim or kiam chye ark was very good. The balance of the duck flavour with the salted vegetable taste in the background was well done. The bakwang kepiting and chup chye were not memorable.
For desserts, we had ubi kayu ($6) and sago pudding with gula melaka ($4). The steamed tapioca balls with grated coconut was a pretty dish. Very simple but very enjoyable. The sago pudding is good for those with a sweet tooth.
We like the traditional coffee cups used at House of Peranakan Capitol. Local coffee costs $3. The better choice was the pandan lemongrass tea ($3.50) which had a wonderful aroma and taste.
Overall Rating: 3 TOPS
House of Peranakan Cuisine
13 Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza B2-52
Tel: +65 6282 8672
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm
Nearby MRT Station : City Hall