$40-$60

True Blue Cuisine, Dhoby Ghaut

This is the best decorated restaurant I’ve visited in my life! and I’ve been to Michelin-starred ones. When you open the heavy, wooden door, like Chinese monastery door with many nipples, you enter a waiting/reception room decorated in Peranakan style with dark rosewood furniture and paper lanterns, as if you’re in the hall of old Peranakan house. Then you have to enter Chinese swinging doors to enter the restaurant. The seats in the restaurant are upholstered in tapestry of cranes and birds, symbolizing happiness and longevity (See Picture Above). We were in the courtyard but the small opening is sealed with glass so it allows light to enter and at the same time, allows the place to be air-conned (see Picture below).

Although I love the free flow of long’an tea, we didn’t order it! The waiter just served it to us without asking us first! I also love the gorgeous china in which the food was served in.

My classmate is vegan and True Blue could vegetarianize the food. So we ordered pomelo salad; banana leaf salad; ngoh hiang (vegetarian); and stewed chicken with nuts. For desserts, we had pineapple tart; tapioca with durian; and mango puree with pomelo.

The stewed chicken with nuts was fun because you had to dig the inside of the nuts and mix it with rice but across the board, all the food was mediocre, especially the too-hard ngoh hiang. The food was not only bad and expensive, the portions were miserably tiny. Maybe the restaurant was going for a dainty look. In Picture below, my thumb looked bigger than the side plate. Of course, this is just a side plate (because we shared the desserts, so we scooped the desserts onto this side plate and ate from it), but you can gauge the portions by the size of the side plate.

I didn’t know that the restaurant is so expensive. My teacher insisted on paying because she said that we grad students shouldn’t pay for our meals. I feel terrible that she imparts knowledge, helps us in our career and pays for our food. I didn’t exactly see the bill, but I saw the prices on the menu and now that I do a mental calculation, the bill came up to be too much.

True Blue Cuisine
47 Armenian Street
T: 6440 4548

Rating: 2.132/5 stars

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