When it comes to representing Singapore’s unique and cultural diversity, Violet Oon immediately comes to mind. A veteran in the F&B scene, and a familiar name to many, Violet Oon has, since its inception, been bringing the best of Singapore’s cuisine to the world. Famed for their extensive selection of authentic and mouth-watering Nyonya, Chinese, Indian, Malay, Eurasian and Singapore’s British Colonial cuisine, the restaurant group have recently opened their newest (also biggest) retail & restaurant space at the heart of Singapore, ION Orchard. Expect to enjoy a myriad of exclusive and innovative dishes such as the all-time favourite Hainanese Pork Chop, Fish Curry with Roti Jala, Dry Laksa (my FAV) and many more! On top of that, diners can also travel back in time and experience Violet Oon’s latest and nostalgic Singapore’s High Tea Set!
If you’re planning to bring your overseas friend for a Singaporean meal, or a local gift for them, you should surprise/impress them at Violet Oon Singapore! The retail section offers baked cookies, cakes and our iconic Kaya! Oh yes, to avoid disappointment, it’s best to make a early reservation with them (because they are always fully booked)!
After a long tiring day of shopping, you can head over to Violet Oon at ION for a well-deserved break! So many things for you to see and eat! Or if you’re planning to meet your loved ones for a meal, this place is the perfect place to go to!
Singapore High Tea Set // $58++ for 2 pax
Only exclusive at the outlet in ION, this High Tea Set not only represents the cultural diversity of Singapore, but also brings back fond childhood memories! Comprises of three different tiers, with the bottom and middle tier showcasing savoury treats such as Kuey Pie Tie (damn good lah), Yam Cake (this is the one that triggers my memories when I was a child when my mum would cook this for us), the flavoursome Chilli Crab Tartlet with Quail Egg, Egg Salad Tartlet with Pineapple Patcharee, Coronation Chicken on Crispy Wanton Skin (everyone was going crazy over this), Cream Cheese and Cucumber Openface Sandwich & the mild spicy Otak on Belgium Endive, and of course the last tier with nostalgic sweets such as Financier, Kueh Dah Dah, Kueh Lapis, Kueh Ko Sui and Bubur Cha Cha Panna Cotta.
Another highlight of the high tea is also the homemade scones which were soft, moist and fluffy. The ones that were drenched generously with Gula Melaka sauce were so good, I wanted to dapao some home! Definitely bringing all my loved ones for this High Tea Set! Can’t believe it’s only $58++ for 2 because it’s so value-for-money!
Salmon with Kale Kerbau // $26++
Fresh baby kale, pineapple cubes, cherry tomatoes, sliced shallots and flame grilled salmon in a kerbau sauce of sambal belachan and coconut cream
This salmon with Kale Kerbau is a great salad – refreshing and really hearty portion. The sauce was really addictive and got us hooked in no time! Definitely a wonderful appetiser to start!
Hainanese Pork Chop // $34++
A staple of the British Hainanese kitchen. Deep fried Kurobuta pork loin crusted with a cream cracker batter, topped with a housemade tomato reduction. Served with steak cut fries and a side of petit pois tossed with minced kale
One of their signature dishes and it’s said to be very popular among the young and the old. A modern interpretation of our iconic Singaporean dish – Hainanese Chicken Rice, Violet Oon uses pork chop instead and it’s well-battered with cream cracker, and fried to perfection. Pork chop was crispy, not too tough and not too oily. Drenched with the homemade tomato reduction for maximum pleasure. Oh yes, the peas were really nice too (if you don’t like peas, this could probably change your mind).
VO’s Shepherd’s Pie with House Salad // $24++
Slow-braised mince beef topped with creamy mashed potato and baked to crispy perfection. Made to a traditional English recipe long favoured by Singapore households
Simple yet flavourful Shepherd’s pie for those who wants to go for a safer option. Hidden within the creamy mashed potato lies a generous serving of well-braised minced beef. This is damn filling!
Fish Curry with Roti Jala // $29++
A fragrant and creamy curry with Red Snapper and Ladies’ Fingers cooked in spiced coconut milk served with a traditional laced pancake
The curry was so flavourful you literally just go sip after sip. Dip the roti jala into the curry for maximum pleasure. And yes finally Ladies’ Fingers that I’m willing to eat!
Dry Laksa // $24++
Fresh rice noodle tossed in Violet’s laksa gravy, topped with prawns, tau pok and bean sprouts
This photo doesn’t do my favourite dish at Violet Oon any justice. Noodles were filled with laksa flavour, especially the spices and it was irresistible! I kept going and in no time, finished the entire bowl by myself. Highly recommended and trust me, don’t share with your friends! I’m going back for this again!
VO’s Carrot Cake // $52/6” or $85/9”
A moist carrot cake featuring a melange of carrots, dessicated coconut, pineapples, and walnuts. Infused with cinnamon for that spice islands flavour and topped with a calamansi-infused cream cheese frosting
The new outlet also serves an extensive range of delicious cakes and here’s one of them – Classic Carrot Cake, soft, moist and full of flavours. It was not overly sweet and I love the cream cheese frosting. Dieting can seriously wait!
Pandan Gula Melaka Cake // $43/6″ or $75/9”
Freshly squeezed pandan juice from a puree of pandan leaves adds a distinctive light green hue and bouquet to this airy sponge cake. Layered with a buttercream frosting and dessicated coconut tossed in a gula melaka syrup
This is a MUST-TRY! Loving the pandan and gula melaka combination plus they are not jelat. Oh yes, the slice at Violet Oon is really big! So remember to share it with your loved ones!
Available at the retail section, these sugee cookies are so buttery and addictive! Can’t stop after having one!
Nearest Mrt Station: Orchard
Location: #03-22, #03-28/29, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
What To Order: High Tea, Hainanese Pork Chop, Dry Laksa and Pandan Gula Melaka Cake
Restaurant Rating: 4/5
Food Ratings: 8.5/10
Written by: Yong Wei Kai (Follow me on Instagram @yongweikai or @sgcafehopping)