Little Nyonya tea room has traditionally served tea in a spectacular setting, but since Christmas 2014 it has sold vegetarian food as well. These are mainly vegetarian versions of local dishes, from the nyonya (peranakan) style which blends Malay and Chinese cooking (and genes!). It’s not the food which is the biggest draw, though it’s good, it’s the building itself.
It’s a fantastic place, and includes many interesting rooms around a central courtyard. Also interesting was that one of the staff was a Portuguese descendant, so apparently spoke a Portuguese creole version of Malay.
In addition, Little Nyonya has a museum of Peranakan life, which was closed when I was there, though the owner did show me around a bit of it free of charge (a favour down to my skin colour, according to my Peranakan fiancée).
I was recommended the Nyonya risotto with cili padi, which was a good fried rice dish. Nicer was my companion’s mock fish asam which was rich and sour, if not as spicy.
Address: 17 Jalan Tukang Besi, Melaka
Directions: On the road running parallel to Jonker St.
(A version of this review was originally posted by me on VT)