Hidden in the corner of Dempsey Hill is a gem of a Peranakan restaurant called Candlenut. Straw lights hanging from the ceiling added tranquility to the already open atmosphere.
The first dish was a chicken satay dish with raw onions and cucumbers ($16). On the side was a pineapple peanut sauce. This tasted extraordinary. The chicken was cooked well and made a daring combination with the sweet yet crunchy sauce. For a more fresh bite, the raw cucumber and onion did the job.
Chicken wings were deep fried delicately with a strong scented lime ($12). I failed to see what was special about these chicken wings however.
What really wowed my taste buds was the squid ($20). The squid ink sauce came with a perfect level of sweetness. The sour and spicy taste of the tamarind and chili gave off a complicated Peranakan flavor.
For dessert we ordered textures of coconut and a tapioca dessert. The coconut dessert had a smooth and lightweight taste. The ice-cream that came on the side of the tapioca dessert was exceptional (desserts $12-$16).
The meal was pleasant, but we were left with an unanswered question. Could I have had this meal at a local, much affordable place? Complex tastes were achieved by this Michelin-starred establishment. The chicken wings lacked the special factor I was looking for.