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19 Binjai Park Bukit Timah Singapore 589827
 
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Listing created by Damien on May 10, 2012    
Established since 1988, IVINS IVINS @ Binjai Park is a popular restaurant where delectable, honest to goodness Peranakan cuisine is served in a no-frills, homely environment. Over the years, their restaurant has won its group of enthusiasts and regulars, both locally and around the world.
 
They also provide catering services.

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Opening Hours:
11am to 3pm (Lunch), 5pm to 9pm (Dinner), Closed on Thursdays
List of Outlets:
IVINS™ @ Binjai Park
19/21 Binjai Park Bukit Timah,
Singapore 589827
Tel: 6468 3060
Fax: 6467 3371

Operating Hours
11am to 3pm (Lunch)
5pm to 9pm (Dinner)
Closed on Thursdays

IVINS Nyonya Specialties
No. 4 Jalan Leban,
Upper Thomson Road,
Singapore 577548
Tel: 6451 4622
Fax: 6451 3594

Operating Hours
11am to 3pm (Lunch)
6pm to 10pm (Dinner)
Closed on Thursdays

Catering Services
No. 2 Jalan Leban,
Upper Thomson Road,
Singapore 577547
Tel: 6553 3192 / 6451 4622
Fax: 6451 3594

Operating Hours
8am to 6pm
Closed on Thursdays
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Yes
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Sambal Sotong
Honeyed Pork
Otah
Nonya mixed veg
Curry fish head
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Excellent value for money Peranakan food

Ivins offers all the classic Peranakan dishes at great prices. Especially in larger groups, you can sample a lot of dishes without worrying about spending too much.

I really liked the Buah Keluak and especially the rendang. The latter was packed with flavour and the meat was soft and tender.

Service however, was subpar, but not distractingly so. Location is most accessible via bus; the bus stops along the street leading to Ivins.

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Good Peranaka dishes

Ivins serves good peranakan food at reasonable prices. Be sure to order their Honey Pork (nice char and fatty bits of pork that melts in your mouth), Ayam Buah Keluak, Rendang, Bakwan Kepiting and Babi Pongteh. Their desserts are must-trys too although I personally do not fancy peranakan desserts as much.

Service was alright, but it's probably a better idea to visit during off-peak hours.

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(Updated: June 23, 2013)

Worth Encores !!

With so many cuisines available in our city of food....what is Peranakan food to most of us ? and where's its position in S'pore culinary "totem pole" ? It's with a tinge of regret that this Straits Chinese cuisine is not quite that well represented in our city.....Yes, you have the Blue Ginger, Peranakan Inn, Baba & Nonya, etc. It's not that widely represented...if you compare with...Japanese or Thai...even Korean cuisine is dancing its way ever so steadily to be perhaps the next "wave", fueled by the trendy K-pop culture.
But it's with happiness that whenever Nonya food is available, it's usually of good quality and authenticity...all prepared with TLC......(I have not dine at any Nonya outlets that disappointed me yet...or perhaps I am easy to please... lol)

My apology if I digressed too much as this review is about Ivin's...(just could not help it...perhaps it's an age issue ? :-/
So....Would I recommend anyone to dine at Ivin's ? A definite YES!
And.... What dishes would I sing about ? Well, that's a good question...cause there's plenty to sing about - Honeyed Pork, Babi Ponteh, Ayam Buah Keluak, Soup Kepiting, Otah, Babi Panggang, Fried Ngo Hiang,...the Fried Pomfret Assam is good (but the chilli used is not quite to my liking)...and of course, the Penang Fried Char Kway Teow. The dessert bo-bo cha-cha is my personal must have, with that slightly salty taste.
The menu still have plenty to choose and while the prices are affordable, this affordability is reflected in the portion size - that is, small.

And what's my pet peeves about dining at this Binjai Road outlet ?
- The parking is terrible..and the mobile parking wardens are ever present
- The eatery have this "boomy" sonic effect...yes, noises seemed magnified...it's "pandemonium", especially at peak hours (read- don't bring your love ones on romantic dates)
- The queue can be long & tedious, especially at peak hours (lunch & 7-8pm !!!)

That said... Ivin's at Binjai Park is my fave place (the Upper Thomson branch have ceased operations). No need to drive 2 hours to Malacca for my Nonya food cravings... Do make a date with Ivin's..it's worth encores (^___^)//

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Average Spent Per Person:
20
Best Part:
Honeyed Pork, Penang Char Kway Teow, etc
Branch Location:
19, Binjai Park
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
Sambal Sotong
Honeyed Pork
Otah
Nonya mixed veg
Curry fish head
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So much love for the food here

I love Ivins! So much!

Being part Peranakan, my family comes here quite often to get in touch with our traditions. The food here is of a wide variety, and I have many favourite dishes from here. One thing I always order when I'm here is the Ayam Buah Keluak. The Buah Keluak is something my grandmother used to cook while she was still around, and eating it brings back many fond memories of her peranakan cooking. No one else really cooks it for me anymore because the preparation for it is time-consuming.

The price of the food here is reasonable, and whenever my family cannot finish anything, we ask the staff to pack it for us to bring home so that none of the goodness goes to waste. I'm going to go back there soon!

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(Updated: March 04, 2013)

My Comfort food!

Peranakan food is like a mixture of Chinese and Malay cuisine. As I'm not a burger and fries person, I find nonya food very aligned to my liking. I chanced upon Ivins one random occasion and have been patronising them since then.

The food here is so good that through my numerous visits, I think I have tried almost every dish on their menu and these are my favourites - Chicken Rendang ( chicken cooked in thick curry sauce), black sauce chicken, Belachan Kangkong, Chap Chai (famous peranakan vegetable stew) and grilled sotong.

Though the service crew is awesome, dining would be more enjoyable if they can serve the food faster. We sometimes got to tuck into one dish at a time before the next dish is served. like at a Chinese banquet.

Ivins sits in the middle of a large estate of private houses (Thomson) and families nearby love to set dinners here. So, it will be safer to make a reservation before visiting to avoid long waiting time.

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Authentic and expensive.

First up, portion's too small.
Second, price too high.
Third, bad service.

Well, that's a summary of what I want to say about them.
oh ya, fourth, authentic. So, it's a mixture of good and bad points. The food's good and authentic peranakan style, however, the portions were really too small in my honest opinion. Even small eaters like us couldn't stand the small portions given we had to order double portions.

That said, their ayam buah keluak came without a nasty smell which I was glad and their chap chye had flavorful stock with soft to boot cabbages. Even their gado gado came richly slathered with peanut sauce which I wanted to lick off the plate if not for etiquette.

Come here, they are worth giving it a try except for their high prices and small portions.

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Peranakan food at its best.

I am, unfortunately, not a big fan of local and ethnic cuisines, but when I really like an ethnic cuisine restaurant or eatery, it must be really good. What's even better is that there is an outlet that is just a stone's throw from where I stay!

The highlight of Ivin's, to me, would be the Ayam Goreng Rempah. If you do not know what it is, it is really tender, juicy and succulent pieces of deep fried chicken. Just describing this makes my mouth water. I also like to eat their kang kong and honey pork. All these with a plate of nasi kuning and my meal here is perfect!

Each item (excluding the rice) costs around $6 to $9 odd, but honestly, the food is so good that sometimes I just forget about the cost of the food. Plus, if you eat with a group of friends or family, the blow would not be so heavy on your wallets! After all, good food SHOULD be shared. ;)

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Best Part:
Ayam Goreng Rempah
Branch Location:
Kovan, Heartland Mall
Recommend to Friend:
Yes
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Real Peranakan Food!

I am a sucker for rendang. This place has the best. Even better than the one my mom cooks. Don't tell. If you must know, I'm not a big fan of spicy food, but once in a while, when there is a craving for it, this rendang doesn't fail to satisfy.

You should also try their Honey Pork dish! It's quite good. It's easy to eat, not super chewy, cooked to the right texture. It tastes homely and goes very well with their rice.

My mom seems to love their Hor Pow. There was a time it was served quite cold, as if it was sitting on the counter for a while, but then all other times, it was served at the right temperature. It has the right texture for the outside, and a soft beancurd inside.

I don't think I've ever been to any other Peranakan themed restaurant so I can't say that this is the best place to go for such food, but overall, if this is what Peranakan cuisine is then you should definitely try it! It's a good place to bring visitors from other countries because I feel that the flavors of Peranakan cuisine is what Singapore is about!

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Best Part:
Rendang
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