Violet Oon (ION Orchard) – Authentic Nonya Peranakan Cuisine

Violet Oon - Restaurant Front

I have heard many rave reviews about Violet Oon and her Peranakan restaurants. I can’t really take spicy food so I have never been to any of her restaurants until my boss brought us there a few days back.

Violet Oon – Design

Violet Oon restaurant in ION Orchard spots a modern-Victorian look with black metal frames with gold-rimmed glass doors. It’s classy and gorgeous. Emerald-green shelves divide the space into different sections and drop-down glass lights gives the place a touch of warmth.

Violet Oon – The Food

I like that Violet Oon’ menu is concise with just 6 pages, which includes soups, starters, salads, mains, noodles & rice and nonya dishes.

Here are some of the dishes that I have tried:

Violet Oon - Gado Gado

Gado Gado [S$20] is an Indonesian salad of tempeh, fried bean curd, hard-boiled eggs, potatoes, long beans, cabbage, cucumber and lontong rice, served with peanut sauce and prawn crackers. This is perfect for sharing, the mildly-spicy creamy peanut sauce makes everything taste so good.

Violet Oon - Hainanese Pork Chop

Hainanese Pork Chop [S$39] is a fusion of Hainanese and Western cuisine. The main pork chop uses kurobuta pork loin, which is coated with cream cracker batter and deep-fried till golden. The pork chop is tender and juicy, it tastes even better with the accompanying house-made tomato reduction. I don’t really like the steak cut fries, but the small green peas are delightfully refreshing.

Violet Oon - VO Shepherd Pie with House Salad

VO’s Shepherd’s Pie with House Salad [S$28] is made following a traditional English recipe. The shepherd’s pie is creamy and delicious with creamy mashed potato and juicy minced beef.

Violet Oon - Roasted Sarawak Black Pepper Tiger Prawn Pasta

I personally feel there is nothing special about Roasted Sarawak Black Pepper Tiger Prawn Pasta [S$31] except that the tiger prawns are huge and very succulent.

Violet Oon - Beef Rendang

The Beef Rendang [S$28] looks like blocks of dry beef covered with reddish-orangey gravy, but I was amazed at how utterly tender the beef is when I took a bite.

Buah Keluak Ayam [S$28] is a popular classic Peranankan dish that features spicy chicken stew cooked with buah leluak nut. Buah keluak is an acquired taste, but it does give the chicken stew a deep richness.

Violet Oon - Babi Pong Tay

Babi Pong Tay [S$21] is another famous Peranakan dish where pork belly is slow-cooked with dried mushroom and bamboo shoots. The top layer is so tender, it literally melts in the mouth!

Violet Oon - Udang Goreng Chilli

The fragrant and spicy chilli padi garlic sauce used in Udang Goreng Chilli [S$36] really brings out the sweetness of those deep-fried prawn.

Violet Oon - Chap Chye

Chap Chye [S$19] is the Peranakan version of vegetable stew where mixed vegetables and beancurd skin are braised in rich prawn bisque.

Violet Oon - VO Chicken Curry

There’s nothing really special about VO Chicken Curry [S$25] but I like the curry is aromatic without being overly spicy.

Violet Oon (ION Orchard)

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, ION Orchard #03-28/29, Singapore 238801

Telephone: 98349935

Opening Hours: Daily 12pm – 10pm

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Address: 1 St. Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore #02-01, Singapore 178957

Telephone: 98349935

Opening Hours: Daily 12pm – 3pm; 6pm – 10.30pm

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Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, Jewel Changi Airport #01-205/206, Singapore 819666

Telephone: 98349935

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday 12pm – 10pm, Saturday – Sunday 11.30am – 10pm


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