Food Review: Spice Peranakan at Centros, Biopolis, Singapore

December 26, 2011

On the eve's eve of Christmas, guess where I had dinner? Biopolis. That's right, you heard correctly. The reason is very valid -- town will be jam packed with the friday weekend pre-christmas frenzied shoppers who are thronging with a vengeance. Plus, there is a possibility of the Orchard Pond making an appearance. I do not fancy getting ankle or shin deep into muddy waters. My feet was already soggy from the day's rains even though I am wearing sandals, so no thanks!

So me and my bestie ZQ devoted our energy to finding the most "ULU" place in Singapore to have a meal, and that's when I suggested Spice Peranakan because I just read about it recently on ieatishootipost in Dr. Tay's Circle Line trip. It has to be the most deserted place ever, and we were right.

From the circle line station we had to walk up a hill towards Biopolis, and find the building called Centros - there was actually a cafe and a Indian restaurant in that same building too. Wow, never knew this place had anything other than cold concrete. Spice had quite a few patrons when we were there - they were finishing up though, as we only reached at 8.30pm.

We ordered the otah otah, chap chye and beef rendang! ZQ was looking very much forward to the rendeng, having read good things about it. It was the best dish among the lot. However, the otah was jam packed with spices and quite spicy, which makes it really satisfying. The chap chye was normal, nothing much to shout about. The sambal chili on the other hand, was uber spicy so much so that zq was perspiring from having it! I of course steered far away from that red stuff, the spice wuss I am.

The side dish of anchovies was also quite appetizing. Caution on ordering dubious drinks though - my honey lemon lime drink tasted weird because there was plum bits in it, which was not written in the menu itself. The lemongrass drink zq had was normal. Next time I'll stick to canned drinks!

Overall it works out to be around 25 per person. Slightly on the pricey side but hey, they have a tough location. They also have lunch sets at 9.90 and 15.90 I think, which is value for money. I bet their lunch crowd from the people working in Biopolis is better than the dinner one!

Quite enjoyed myself there simply because it is the most quiet and peaceful dinner I've had in a long while. In the ever overcrowded Singapore, this is simply a hidden gem. Do visit if you are in the West! The family business thrives solely on word of mouth, so here I am telling all my readers about it.

Spice Peranakan
20 Biopolis Way, #01-01 Centros Biopolis, Singapore
Tel: +65 6738 8887
Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm, Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.00pm (Closed on Sun & PH)

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