Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lee Kee

Every time we passed by Rendezvous Restaurant in The Central, the overwhelming crowd of people enjoying their spread of food had never failed to attract my attention. Located at the 2nd level corner of The Central, they offer Singapore's Famous Authentic Nasi Padang since the 50s.

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lee Kee

For so many years it had been on my "To Eat List", now it's time to experience myself and get a taste of the gastronomic array of Western Sumatran cuisine which was brought into Singapore in the 1950s.

Looking through the glass shelves, Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lee Kee offers a wide spread of specialities of Rendevous in the 50s & 60s, such as sambal prawns, sotong, brinjal, beef rendang, chicken rendang, korma chicken etc. These dishes are still popular among the young and old today.

Delicious Food Spread

While at this corner, the gravy was drenched onto the respective dishes after we took our order. Isn't the meal tempting?


It will be then placed into a big tray and served to the customers.

Preparation Counter

Even the interior needs no additional lavish decorations. Its simplicity, neat and clean environment provided a comfortable place to dine in.

Dining Area

We get to see a clear day view of the Singapore River as we dine.

A look Out of the Dining Window

Fiery and kicking great dish that best go with our plates of white rice. We even ordered 2 portions for this.

Sambal Tempeh

The beef rendang was cooked to a perfect texture. Soft and tastily covered with the sauce. However, we felt that its on the saltier side but if you were to pair them with the rice. they tasted alright.

Beef Rendang

The Chicken Rendang was great too.

Chicken Rendang

The tender and chewy fresh texture of sotong with Sambal chilli was addictive. 

Sambal Sotong

Curry Fish on the other hand was popular among us too. The Curry fish was fresh and spices of curry was rather prominent. 

Curry Fish

While for the non-spicy dishes, we order Sayur Lodeh. The gravy was good and not too "gelat" or overcloying with coconut. Vegetables include carrots, cabbages, lady fingers etc.

Sayur Lodeh

The Bagedils were big in size and definitely looked appetizing that we ordered 3 potatoes, with each enjoying one portion despite the dishes we ordered.

Bagedil - $2.90

As many commented, food was served warm and it will be good to have it served pipping hot.

Our Spread

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lock Kee's history began more than 7 decades ago when it started as a coffee shop in Bras Basah Road. It was then a very popular meeting place for the thousands of British troops stationed in Singapore.

Take a trip down memory lane with them and savour the scrumptious aromatic spread of Nasi Padang!

Rating: 4 / 5

Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lee Kee
The Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Sreet, #02-72 to 75/77/92 Singapore 059817
Rendezvous Restaurant Hock Lee Kee