This is not a joke. The Bombay Duck is not a duck – it is a fish. Its other name is (gasp) lizard fish. Therefore you can try to imagine its size, look and taste – somewhat flat, dry, with little meat, without a distinctive taste, yet often eaten as a delicacy in Mumbai.
The odour of the fish is said to be extremely pungent, and if someone says “You smell like a Bombay Duck”, it is time to take that shower.
The Bombay Duck is actually available in Singapore, found at Gajalee near Centrepoint. The popular version is having the fish coated with masala-based batter and fried golden yellow. Do not worry about the smell as it is no longer there. It acts a greater starter item (somewhat like fried calamari), best to be eaten as an accompaniment to curry.
Alternatively, you can have your duck, I mean fish stuffed with seasoned prawns and green chutney.
Gajalee is not the typical Indian restaurant, specialising in seafood with signatures such as Tandoori Crab, Crab Masala, Lobster Butter Pepper, Jumbo Pudina Prawns and Chinese Pomfret Green Chilly Sauce. Rates are per catch items.
Its Maharashtrian style of chicken, mutton and vegetarian food also makes it one of the more popular restaurants in Mumbai. The Singapore branch looks very quiet on the other hand.
Gajalee, 17/19 Cuppage Road, Cuppage Terrace, Tel: +65 6733 3278
Opening Hours: Mon: 6pm–11pm; Tue–Sun: 11.30am–3.30pm, 6pm–11pm