True Blue Cuisine was opened in November 2003 in the heart of the Peranakan enclave – Katong. Since then, it has charmed visitors with its inviting decor and authentic Peranakan delicacies. More than just a restaurant, it also brings to life an all-round experience of the rich Peranakan culture.
In 2008 True Blue Cuisine moved to its brand new premises in Armenian Street, just beside the Peranakan Museum, complimenting the museum and providing an even more complete feast for the senses.
We believe that the best way to round up your Peranakan experience is to dine in our Restaurant where our culture comes alive.
“It’s a living heritage”, says True Blue Cuisines owner and chef, Benjamin Seck.
The Bib Gourmand list was introduced in 1997 and spotlights restaurants that serve
“high-quality meals which include two courses and a glass of wine or dessert for $40 or less,”
See the lifestyle of the Peranakans (The chim chae area or airwell is a very important feature of a Peranakan home. The airwell is used for collecting rain water and sunning preserved foods like belachan achar.)
Feel the nostalgia through True Blue’s private collection of pictures and antiques.
Taste the best authentic traditional Peranakan food. Hear the way Peranakans speak (They do not have a Chinese accent and are fluent in the Malay language. They speak Peranakan patois, a charming blend of Hokkien and Malay.)
Smell the bunga rampay (Most Peranakan homes have this sweet smelling potpourri made up of shredded pandan leaves and flower petals topped with safflower oil.)
The Restaurant also offers 3 private dining rooms. On the ground level, the Manek Room holds a 12-seater tok panjang or long table, and showcases the owner’s best collection of beadwork and a pair of Peranakan wedding lanterns.
On the upper level, the Intan Room seats 6 people and boasts an opulent Environment where antique jewellery including rose-cut diamonds can be admired and purchased even. Also upstairs, the Sulam Room has an antique dining set which seats 24 people. Here, visitors can view fine hand-embroidered kebayas both old and new and even make-to-order their kebayas.
The Restaurant can be booked for private parties, wedding receptions and also traditional Peranakan weddings.
The restaurant does not serve pork or lard-based dishes.