Adelaide, South Australia

With an eye-popping decor reminiscent of the Raffles Room, Frewville restaurant Singapore House is as creative on the outside as its eclectic Asian menu is on the inside. The buzzing, architecturally beautiful dining room is well suited to celebrations or group dining, while the menu serves the flavours of Singapore, guests will find Chinese, Indian, Malay and local specialities that are made for sharing.

203 Glen Osmond Road
Tel: +61 8 8379 4405
Asian, Chinese, Indian, Malaysian
Price Range:
$$$$ ~ $$$$
$$$$ = Mains under $20
$$$$ = Mains $20 - $30
$$$$ = Mains $30 - $40
$$$$ = Mains over $40
Licensed & BYO (wine only)
If you're familiar with Singapore House's sister restaurant, British India, the decor will not come as a surprise. Actually, it will. While you expect the wow factor, it's a question of how the wow will be delivered. Part-owner Walter Ventura is the interior design maestro of his group's restaurants. At Singapore House his artistic antics continue with more animal heads rearing their taxidermied heads alongside mounted tortoise shells. It is a mix of Doctor Doolittle and the Raffles Room. A lofty skylight and clusters of suspended lampshades warm the room, but are beautifully outshone by a collection of butterflies. Hundreds of the colourful beauties are individually framed to form the feature wall of the "Butterfly Room"; an intimate, rustic space adjoining the bar, designed for the cosy enjoyment of exotic thali dishes and perhaps a "Raffles rum punch", "Singapore House sling" or "orange blossom sherbet".

With aesthetics as charismatic as this, it's easy to lose sight of the food, but chef Palam presents a menu as well considered as the decor. A blackboard announces Chinese, Malaysian and Indian fare, with Nonya (Nyonya) cooking bringing them together. That is the fusion of ingredients from Malaysia and China as well as Malaysia and India. Roasted Nonya kingfish demonstrates this with meaty, lemon-grassed chunks resting in a sweet coconut curry. Don't be afraid to tackle the chilli crab. Bright red pincers are provided to crack the claws free of their flesh, but the ultimate pleasure lies in sucking the sweetness from the crustacean and letting its juices to dribble from your lips. The chilli factor is unexpectedly soft, unlike the vindaloo osso bucco. Its fire will "warm" you for days. While the presentation of the udang (prawn) salad needs refinement, that of the deep-fried whole Robarra barramundi is a cracker.
Roz Taylor
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Please contact the restaurant for further information.
Function for 50-100
Outdoor Dining
Private Dining Room
Something Different
Suitable for Families with children
Suitable for Functions
Suitable for Groups of 10
This restaurant does not have any awards.
203 Glen Osmond Road
Frewville SA 5063
Mid-way along Glen Osmond Road, 15 minutes drive to both the Adelaide Hills and the city.
There are no recommendations for this restaurant.
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Good Appetite - 29/01/2012
Service at Singapore House was excellent, decor inspired, music a bit techno for my taste. The food was pretty good although the menu could better describe the flavours and the selection was a bit eclectic - mixture of Indian, Malaysian and other Asian cuisine. Was a warm humid night so we ate on the balcony and actually felt like we were in some exotic place in Asia....not little old Adelaide.
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