Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill Clark Quay

About Us

Welcome to Violet Oon Singapore, a highly-acclaimed group of restaurants and creator of Asian gourmet delights that are rooted in Nyonya and Singapore cuisine.

Our dishes represent Singapore's rich history at the crossroads of the world. At Violet Oon Singapore, we feature a myriad of flavours inspired by our Nyonya, Chinese, Indian and Malay kitchens.

Your experience with us will be an immersive dive into the rich heritage of many cultures. With us, you will experience the comfort of traditional favourites redefined by using the finest quality ingredients. The confluence of simplicity and luxury.

Everything we put our hand to - from our in-restaurant dining experience to our catered events - reflects our passion for quality food, presented beautifully with sophisticated service.

We are the perfect venue for a reuniting with family and friends, for showcasing Singapore to your overseas friends or for corporates to create a lasting impact on their guests.

We are committed to offering the best dining experience where each of our restaurants have a different concept and something new to offer, surprising and delighting our guests every time!

Meet our Culinary Curator & Chef, Violet Oon

Co-creator of Violet Oon Singapore, Violet’s life mission is to curate, collate and celebrate Singapore’s food. Born a Singapore Nyonya in 1949, Violet Oon is the grande dame of Singaporean cooking and is widely considered to be an authority on Asian cuisine, specialising in Nyonya food. Her reputation as a chef and food connoisseur spans the international arena and she often represents Singapore as a food ambassador abroad.

She learnt to cook in earnest at the age of 16, making great efforts to master the intricacies of Nyonya cooking from her aunts and grandaunts. Later on, as a professional food critic from the mid 1970s she met some of Singapore's culinary treasures, from local chefs to home cooks to hawkers - who welcomed her into their kitchens. She has spent over 50 years honing her culinary skills and craft in the cooking of Singapore. Violet's career began in journalism in 1971 as an Arts and Music critic and then as the food critic for the Singapore newspaper the New Nation. She was later the food critic for the Sunday Times. Driven by her passion for sharing good food, Violet started her own culinary magazine called The Food Paper in 1987. Violet has shared her culinary experiences and cooking skills with TV audiences in programmes filmed and aired by the BBC, CNN, The Food Network and also by Singapore’s Channel 5, where she had her own cooking programme called What’s Cooking in the 1980s.

In the 1990s, Violet opened her food outlet under her own name in Takashimaya as well as a restaurant in Bukit Pasoh Road, and launched her Curry Powder collection, which was exported to Japan. For the Raffles Hotel re-launch in 1991, Violet was commissioned by the hotel to create her curry powders and a range of cookies for their shop. Her children, Su-Lyn Tay and Yiming Tay were passionately inspired to share Violet’s heritage of Singapore cooking with a wider audience and in 2012, they joined forces to open Violet Oon’s Kitchen in Bukit Timah. The restaurant garnered critical acclaim from its inception with the Sunday Times of Singapore on 29 July 2012 featuring a preview of the restaurant review by Wong Ah Yoke with the headline "COMEBACK QUEEN - Super Ayam Buah Keluak at Violet Oon's new place". In the New York Times review on 18 March 2013, Justin Bergman wrote, "Before Joel Robuchon, Guy Savoy and Daniel Boulud came to Singapore, the country had its own homegrown celebrity chef - Violet Oon, sometimes referred to as the Julia Child of Singapore."

Violet was appointed Chef de Mission, leading Singapore's team of chefs at the Worlds of Flavors Conference and Festival (2004, 2007 & 2009), held by the Culinary Institute of America. She was appointed Food Consultant for the IMF World Bank Meetings in 2006. She has written three cookbooks: Peranakan Cooking, Violet Oon Cooks and A Singapore Family Cookbook and in 2016 was inducted into the Singapore Women's Hall of Fame by the Singapore Council of Women's Organisations as well as lauded by Singapore Tatler with the Culture Award in 2016. In 2018, Violet was conferred two Lifetime Achievement Awards for her work in food in Singapore – by the World Gourmet Summit and by the Asian Masters organised by The Straits Times and Lianhe Zaobao.