With the Diwali festival of lights occurring tomorrow, it is timely to indulge in a feast of Indian cuisines. How about some iconic chicken tikka masala and lassi, if not a simpler localised meal of roti john, Indian rojak, prata and fish head curry?
Singaporeans are spoilt for choices for Indian food – with the tourist-friendly Banana Leaf Apolo, Muthu’s Curry, Samy’s Curry, Zaffron and Kashmir, to some of the popular buffet spots of Shahi Maharani, Masala Hut and Kinara. And there is Thasevi.
Here are 5 other restaurants you can consider to satisfy your curry cravings.
Yantra (Tanglin Mall)
Yantra has to be one of the finest restaurants locally offering authentic North Indian cuisine – with a rich and elegant setting that enhances the dining experience. The space is huge, enough for events and gatherings, yet comfortable enough to feel the privacy and classiness of the surroundings. My favourite dish was the Jhinga Goa Curry ($35) which contained fresh prawns gently cooked in a coconut curry, tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves.
Tiffin Room (Raffles Hotel)
Tiffin Room specialises in North Indian food, with an extensive curry menu from prawn, chicken, lamb to vegetarian. Start with the appetizer dishes of salad, vegetables and cold seafood, move to the main rice dishes, and end with very sweet desserts. It felt really exclusive that the waiter would attentively serve you some of their daily specials personally, with explanations and all. If you do not have a Feed At Raffles card, the buffet dinner is $75++ per adult.
Feast @ East (East Coast)
During this week leading up to the festival, Feast@East Buffet Restaurant has lined up a feast of Indian favourites of 40 types of curries, cold dishes and desserts to For this special promotion, they brought in Indian celebrity Chef Bhairav Singh Rajput who meticulously put together 3 different types of menu.
A simple yet special dish to try is Pav Bhaji. There is a chef at the live cooking station who will pan-fry soft buns with butter. Imagine dipping these hot piping fragrant buns into a delish mash of potato curry – Perfect indulgence!
Song of India (Scotts Road)
The Song of India had been known as one of Singapore’s best restaurant, and almost seems unapproachable with its rather high end look. Situated in a prime location at the famed Scotts Road, located in a classic black and white heritage bungalow, its colonial charm suggest this is fine Indian cuisine at its priciest. The fish curry was a gravy-thick creamy-smooth version which I readily enjoyed. The best thing was really the unlimited hot breads and naans from the tandoor to relish the curries, wiped clean within minutes.
Gajalee (Cuppage Terrace)
Gajalee located at a very convenient Cuppage Terrace 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.