I love nyonya food because it is always rich and full of flavour. Ivins was introduced to me by my brother and I really enjoyed the food here one Sunday lunch.
Since then, I have visited their Bukit Timah branch one more time and discovered accidentally that they have an outlet at Heartland Mall in Kovan!!! After 2 years, I just realised. Well, better late than never.
I have tried several savoury dishes from them and I am just going to tell you that everything is really good. From the chap chye, to the babi pongteh, everything is delightful. But for people like my mum, she finds it a little sweet. I mean I think it is common to have the sweet flavour in their dishes in my experience and I have no problems with that. One thing I have a problem with here is actually the desserts. I think I have tried the chendol, bubur cha cha and some others and honestly, they felt bland and sad. Very disappointing to me. But! The nyonya kuehs they have, those are amazing. Comparable to my favourite kuehs from Bengawan Solo.
So overall, for good savoury food in a simple restaurant setting with relatively low prices for each dish, I love this place. I’ll just avoid the desserts.
Ivins Nyonya Specialties @ Heartland Mall
Address: 205 Hougang Street 21, #02-00 Heartland Mall, Singapore 530205
11am to 10pm daily
Personal rating: 4/5 (Affordable, tasty but just avoid the desserts)