White Rose Cafe – Treasured Flavours of Singapore

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What better way to celebrate the culture and heritage of popular Singaporean cuisine than with an exciting new (permanent) menu at White Rose Cafe. Titled ‘Treasured Flavours of Singapore’, the menu features all-time favourite local specialty dishes developed by renowned Executive Chef Charlie Tham. For those who do not know Chef Charlie, he was formerly from Soon Heng Restaurant and famous for his iconic Singaporean Chinese-style Curry Fish Head. With over 26 years of culinary experience in Asian cuisine, it is no wonder why Chef Charlie would want to bring back familiar favourites and nostalgia that seem to gradually diminish with each new decade.

We started off with the Curry Fish Head (Half $28/Whole $42), prepared according to the restaurant’s secret recipe dating from the 1970s. The half portion should be good for 2 to 3 persons, while the whole for 4 to 6 persons. The curry is unique as it does not incorporate coconut, but uses a mixture of Indian, Chinese, and Malay spices to achieve an appetising assam flavour. The fish head was firm and moist. We had papadums to dip in the dish, allowing us to completely relish in the great-tasting gravy, but you can opt for rice if you wish.

Curry Fish Head

Curry Fish Head

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If you are a crab lover and masala lover at the same time, then you must try Singapore’s first Crab Masala ($32). The brilliant combination of large, fleshy crab meat in strong masala paste accentuates the natural sweetness of the crab meat.

However, if you prefer to stick to tradition, try the Chicken Masala ($12). White Rose Cafe’s rendition of Chicken Masala consists of tender chicken, fried in and infused with a homemade masala blend of spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and fennel seeds.

Crab Masala

Crab Masala

Chicken Masala

Chicken Masala

As true blue asians, we were ecstatic to see a selection of sambal dishes on the menu. We had the Sambal King Prawn ($8 per pc) and fell in love instantaneously with its strong fragrance. It was large and well-coated, so we could really capture the taste of spicy sambal and the prawn’s natural sweetness in every bite. We also had the Sambal Kang Kong ($8).

Sambal King Prawn

Sambal King Prawn


Sambal Kang Kong

Sambal Kang Kong

Another traditional home-styled dish that will trigger childhood memories for many is the Black Ink Sotong ($12). Briefly poached, then simmered till perfection in spicy squid ink gravy, the squid is easy to chew and tasteful – a stark difference from those squishy, rubbery and tasteless squid that are often served elsewhere. We highly recommend you to try this dish.

Black Ink Sotong

Black Ink Sotong

Lastly, we had the Chap Chye ($8) which is a typical Chinese New Year dish consisting of cabbage, black fungus, dried lily flowers, glass vermicelli and dried beancurd skin in a wholesome soybean paste sauce. Just the smell of the vegetable stew was enough to bring back childhood memories of family gatherings. It is also very healthy, you must have this as well.

Chap Chye

Chap Chye

As a rule of thumb, it is always a good idea to savour Asian cuisine with lime juice as the sour flavours and sparkling texture always blend with foods of different ethnic groups. In this instance, we had the Calamansi Plum Drink ($5).

Calamansi Plum Drink

Calamansi Plum Drink

Overall, we thought the restaurant made a fine setting for quiet family and friends get-togethers. Featuring full height glass windows that offer a view of greenery, it is easy to lose oneself in tranquility. White Rose Cafe also caters a selection of Western cuisine, and is host to the popular thrice-yearly Penang Hawkers’ Fare; where authentic Penang hawkers come together and dish out their specialties. But bear in mind, as seatings are limited – only up to 110 persons at any one point of time – it is strongly advised that you call to book a reservation one day in advance to avoid disappointment.

White Rose Cafe
York Hotel (Singapore)
21 Mount Elizabeth
Reservation Tel: 6830 1156

All-day Dining:
6am – 1am
Treasured Flavours of Singapore
Dine-in and Take-away:
11.30am – 10.30pm

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25 Responses to White Rose Cafe – Treasured Flavours of Singapore

  1. Sharon Leong Mei Qi May 31, 2013 at 6:17 PM #

    I did not know of White Rose Cafe @ York Hotel till I read this review by Where to Eat Singapore. 🙂 I wanna try out the Curry Fish Head, looks really yummy! Sambal King Prawn and Chap Chye to blend with the spicy dish. With fish, prawns and vegetables, it makes a sumptuous meal 🙂

  2. Freda Tan May 31, 2013 at 6:19 PM #

    Curry fish head
    Crab. Masala
    Smabal king prawn

    I Love seafood and spicy food so this is the choice. It so tempting 🙂

  3. Lee Qiu Wei May 31, 2013 at 8:49 PM #

    Sambal Kang Kong, Crab Masala and Curry Fish Head.

  4. Cheryl Teo May 31, 2013 at 9:21 PM #

    1. Curry Fish Head
    2. Sambal King Prawn
    3. Crab Masala

  5. Sophia Ang May 31, 2013 at 10:43 PM #

    I’d like to try the Crab Masala, Chicken Masala and Chap Chye.

  6. esther May 31, 2013 at 11:25 PM #

    Sambal King Prawn,Chap Chye,Chicken Masala

  7. Spring Sun June 1, 2013 at 7:09 AM #

    3 dishes I would love to try at White Rose Cafe@York Hotel are Curry Fish Head, Crab Masala and Black Ink Sotong.

  8. CHEE KAY ANN June 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM #

    Curry Fish Head, Crab Masala, Sambal King Prawn

  9. Timoteus Bennett Chee Zhi Yuan June 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM #

    3 dishes you want to try at White Rose Cafe@York Hotel are Curry Fish Head, Crab Masala and Sambal King Prawn.

  10. eddy khoo June 1, 2013 at 10:16 PM #

    Crab Masala, Curry Fish Head, Sambal King Prawn

  11. Low siew wah June 1, 2013 at 10:31 PM #

    Sambal Kang Kong, Crab Masala and Curry Fish Head.

  12. tyb June 1, 2013 at 11:08 PM #

    Crab masala, sambal king prawn, black ink sotong!

  13. Jessie Sng June 1, 2013 at 11:27 PM #

    Crab Masala, Chicken Masala and Chap Chye.

  14. edwin June 2, 2013 at 10:29 AM #

    Curry Fish Head, Crab Masala and Black Ink Sotong.

  15. Jane Lee June 2, 2013 at 11:01 AM #

    Sambal King Prawn,Chap Chye,Chicken Masala

  16. elaine June 2, 2013 at 11:16 AM #

    Curry fish head
    Crab. Masala
    Smabal king prawn

  17. Annabelle Tong June 3, 2013 at 12:00 PM #

    Curry Fish Head, Crab Masala, Sambal King Prawn

  18. Oscar Chee June 3, 2013 at 9:25 PM #

    Looking forward to relishing Curry Fish Head, Black Ink Sotong and Crab Masala at White Rose Cafe.

  19. Justin Chong June 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM #

    Would love to try the following 3 dishes:

    1. Chicken Masala,
    2. Sambal Kang Kong &
    3. Sambal King Prawn

    Who would resist such gastronomic delights in a welcoming environment? I won’t for sure!

  20. Adelyn Khoo June 5, 2013 at 1:14 AM #

    Just reading the review alone, is making me want to drive there to eat it now!

    1) Black Ink Sotong – I’m a big fan of sotong! And I love to eat black ink squid pasta too, so trying this dish is a definite must for me!!

    2) Fish Head Curry – My family loves fish head curry, so if I win this voucher, I’m going there with them and we will be ordering this dish to try! 🙂

    3) Chap Chye – A balanced meal is not complete without some vegetables. And the dish looks so good plus I love chap chye too! 🙂

  21. linda loo June 7, 2013 at 12:03 AM #

    1. Curry fish head
    2.Crab Masala
    3.Sambal KangKong

    Can’t wait to try the Crab Masala

  22. Jacelyn Tan June 10, 2013 at 12:20 AM #

    Crab Masala, Curry Fish Head, Sambal King Prawn

  23. Johnny June 10, 2013 at 12:22 AM #

    Crab Masala, Curry Fish Head, Sambal King Prawn

  24. Lee Rong Han June 10, 2013 at 12:45 AM #

    Crab Masala, Curry Fish Head, Sambal King Prawn

  25. Lynn Ly June 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM #

    Crab Masala, Sambal Kang Kong and Curry Fish Head.

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