This is an amazing littler Peranakan Restaurant in the heart of Tanjong Pagar that will not disappoint.
The Ambience, Service and Staff
The Blue Ginger is in a shop house on Tanjong Pagar Road. The restaurant is set across three levels. The interior is tastefully decorated in its Peranakan theme, with large sturdy tables and upholstered bench seats on the first floor. We were a party of 7 and had made a reservation through Chope. Our table was ready when we arrived, with menus in place. We were seated at a table on the second floor which has a combination of a large hall, and a section that overlooks the street. There is additional seating on the third floor too.
Peranakan food is best enjoyed as a group. We were a party of seven. We ordered a few starters, a few mains, drinks, and dessert. We ordered the Otak Otak, an order of Spring Rolls, and the Ngo Heong for our starters. For the mains, we got the Ayam Panggang, the Babi Pong Tay, the Beef Rendang, the Curry Vegetables, the Nonya Scallops, and the Udang Nonya. We also ordered the Calamansi Juice, a Cappuccino, a couple of cokes, Pink Guava Juice and and Peppermint Teas for our drinks. The restaurant charges a small fee for rice per person.
Our drinks came out first, within minutes, followed by the condiments. The Otak Otak was beautifully prepared and tasted amazing. The Ngo Heong had a lovely, crispy exterior and was served piping hot. The springs rolls were hot and crispy. The Babi Pong Tay is a pork shoulder stew with a mild gravy that tingles the taste buds. The beef rendang is a full bodied rendang that is perfectly complemented with steamed rice. The Ayam Panggang was a pleasant surprise – perfectly cooked chicken that was served sliced and covered in a mild citrus sauce. The Curry Vegetable was amazing – a slightly sweet curry with fresh vegetables cooked to perfection. The scallops were a little small but very well prepared and presented. The Udang Nonya was a prawn dish that is a little spicy and full flavoured.
Our desserts consisted of the Gula Melaka Sago and the Chendol. The Sago is served chilled and is a light dessert to end an amazing lunch. The chendol was well presented and is a similarly light dessert.
The Price Point
We spent just under $285 for our meal for 7 people including starters, drinks and dessert which worked out to be about $40 per person for lunch. This is great value for a restaurant of this calibre in this part of town.
The Final Verdict
The Blue Ginger offers really good Peranakan food and an amazing ambience They’re a great place to meet up with a large group to be able to savour a varied menu I’d definitely recommend this place for both lunch and dinner – whether its for a regular meal, or to celebrate a special occasion.
Address: 97 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088518.
Also at Great World City.
Phone: +65 6222 3928.