Last week I met my friend who was working at NUH for lunch. She told me there was this cheap and good Peranakan buffet at Heng Mui Keng Terrace. Heng Mui Keng Terrace?? The only thing I knew about Heng Mui Keng Terrace was Kent Ridge Hall where I used to stay during my NUS days. Never knew there was food there, besides the hall canteen that is.
So she brought me to Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe, which was a BUFFET restaurant. They serve buffet lunch, buffet hi-tea and buffet dinner. You can buffet, any time of the day!
I was there for buffet lunch and there was quite a large spread of food.
The mee siam was nonya mee siam, which tasted quite different from the mee siam I was used to having. Hmmm.. I think I preferred normal mee siam.
As for the nonya laksa, it tasted pretty much like normal laksa to me.
I helped myself to heaps of prawn and fish cake. It is a buffet after all.
There was a kong bak pau station, where I took some bun for my two year old.
And a tauhu goreng section with some fish crackers and sambal dip. Reminded me of Quentin’s! But Quentin’s crackers were nicer. :p
There was a whole row of Nonya dishes such as chap chye and all kinds of meat.
And of course, my favourite section: Nonya Kueh
I figured eating more kueh lapis would help make my money worth?
They also had other stuff like chee kueh (with chicken filling!) and chee cheong fun which were great for my two year-old. There were also fruits and a soya bean dessert.
But let’s get to the point. Why am I blogging about this place?
Yup, because it has a play area. But as you can see, it was pretty messy. I was there on a weekday afternoon and MY was the only kid in the restaurant. And this was before MY went to play. Apparently it has never been tidied up before?
Anyway I was too busy eating and chatting with my friends to go and take photos. I didn’t think there was much inside, but it seemed like Doraemon’s pocket. MY ran in and out, holding a different toy each time. A book. A train. An angry bird. A telephone. Half an egg. Oh well, it kept him entertained long enough for me to eat my kueh lapis!
Frankly, I thought Quentin’s served better Peranakan food (okay, they serve Eurasian food but I can’t tell the difference) and had a better play area. But that’s in the East. If you are in the West and want to try a reasonably priced Peranakan buffet while out with the kids, head to Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe!
Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe Buffet Pricing
|Buffet Lunch (Mon-Thurs)
Kid Buffet Lunch (Mon-Thurs)
|11:15am to 3pm|
|Buffet Lunch (Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Lunch (Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
|11:15am to 3pm (Fri),
11:15am to 2:30pm
(Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
|Buffet Hi-Tea (ONLY Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Hi-Tea (ONLY Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
|3 to 5:15pm|
|Buffet Dinner (ONLY Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
Kid Buffet Dinner (ONLY Fri, Sat, Sun & Public Holidays)
|6 to 9:30pm|
Note: Kid pricing for children age 5 – 11 years old.
Information on Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe
Address: 29 Heng Mui Keng Terrace, #06-21 (Ground Level), Singapore 119620
Tel: 6872 2982
Getting There: Chilli Padi Nonya Cafe is located within NUS’s premise, along Heng Mui Keng Terrace. You need to drive past Kent Ridge Hall, past Sheares Hall, past ISIS before reaching the secluded corner where Chilli Padi is.
Website: Official Homepage
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