Keep calm and curry on
From curries to samosas to grilled meats and more, these Indian restaurants are doing it right.
It might be well-hidden in Naumi Hotel, but the sister restaurant of the posh Rang Mahal is popular among the curry connoisseurs – and that says a lot. North Indian nosh is presented with a contemporary touch, with dishes like the Paneer Makhni, a velvety tomato cashew curry with Indian cottage cheese. The exeutive set lunch, at only $20++, is a “bento” set of favourites that won’t break the bank.
Naumi Hotel, 41 Seah St, Singapore 188396
NEXT: Bombay Cafe →
Don’t be put off by the flamboyant interior of the restaurant – it’s blindingly pink with collages of Bollywood visuals randomly plastered across the walls. Here, street-style food woo urban palates; although a vegetarian spot, you’ll hardly realise that meat is missing from the menu. Start with their popular Mushroom Kurkure, cheesy stuffed mushrooms served with mint chutney; their dosa (crepe) and naan (fried flatbread) are best enjoyed dipped in the assortment of curries.
308 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 207658
NEXT: Mr and Mrs Moghan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata →
Roti prata is every Singaporean’s favourite food – we have it for breakfast, as a late night snack, basically whenever. And if you want a characteristically Singaporean breakfast, we’d say this place is it. The eatery’s name sells itself – that’s one way of doing it – their pratas are super crispy, even the prata kosong (plain) is good enough to savour on their own without any curry dip.
7 Crane Rd, Singapore 429356
NEXT: Maziga →
Indian cuisine gets a complete makeover at Maziga, with naans made into pizzas, traditional kebabs reinvented as burgers, and Indian flavours incorporated into various dishes like Crispy Soft Shell Crab or Amritsar Fish and Chips. This is one restaurant you’ll have to try for yourself!
3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
NEXT: Zaffron Kitchen →
Zaffron Kitchen dishes out every dialect of varied Indian cuisine, and none disappoint. The food here packs a flavourful punch, but thankfully, they’re not tongue-numbingly spicy. One of our favourites: the Fish Tikka, made with salmon for a more unique texture that works perfectly with the innovative Indian flavours.
137 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428822
NEXT: Yantra By Hemant Oberoi →
With Indian celebrity chef Hemant Oberoi – who has wowed dignitaries from Barack Obama to to Brangelina (during happier times) – now at its helm, the fare here will transport you to a whole other world. You will be introduced to flavours from different parts of India, so eating here is like a history lesson in itself. From Haleem Kebab, moorish lamb slow-cooked to buttery perfection, to Gandheri Kebab, where minced chicken is served like a popsicle skewered on sugarcane stalks and dunked into green chutney to Gulab Jamoon Tiramisu, each dish on the menu will tease your senses for that familiar taste you associate with normal Indian fare.
#01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933
NEXT: Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant →
Soothing live music and a decor reminiscent of the royal palaces surround you during your meal, and they’ve got equally impressive food to match, too. The menu is extensive – dishes are laid out in categories like “Royal Seafood Specialities” and “Garden Fresh Vegetables From The Royal Fields”. Food fit for royalty? We think so.
#03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179103
NEXT: Melt – The World Cafe →
Ok, this isn’t an Indian restaurant per se, but honorary mention goes out to the buffet at Melt – The World Cafe for their selection of Indian cuisine, which is clearly their forte. At the other stations, you’ll find everything from Wagyu Beef to Lobster, but eyes on the prize. Just saying.
Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797
NEXT: Table by Rang Mahal →
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