10 Indian Restaurants That Spice Up Our Lives
We have to thank the Indians for literally spicing up our lives. If it weren’t for them, we wouldn’t be enjoying the likes of curry, biryani, and that deliciously addictive roti prata. In Singapore alone, Indian restaurants have mushroomed everywhere over time. Not that we don’t love it, we’re actually quite happy that we have so many choices where we can go to for Indian fare. To get our fill of spicy food, here are our 10 picks: 1. Zaffron Kitchen
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Enjoy Indian cuisine in a fancy setting without breaking the bank. At Zaffron Kitchen, they offer reasonably priced north and south Indian dishes which can rival any self-proclaimed authentic restaurants in Singapore. A must-try is the Dum Chicken Briyani ($11) which is served like a pie. Before you eat, cut open the topmost layer to reveal the fragrant rice and chicken thigh. Then, dig in! --- Address: 135/137 East Coast Road Singapore 428820 Tel. No.: +65 6440 6786 Operation Hours: Mon to Thur: 11:30am - 10pm Fri, Sat, Eve of PH: 11:30am to 11pm Sun and PH: 11:30am to 10:30pm 2. Punjab Grill
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When the restaurant is established by the so-called “Czar of Indian Cuisine”, you will know for sure that the dishes here will be spectacular. And you won’t be disappointed for it gives diners a taste of the rich culinary heritage from the Punjab region. After all the scrumptious dishes, one original creation which you shouldn’t miss is the Paan Shot – and Indian digestive/ breath freshener served after the meal. --- Address: B1-01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, South Podium, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972 Tel. No.: +65 6688 7395 Operation Hours: Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm Dinner: 6:30pm to 11pm 3. Rang Mahal
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At Rang Mahal, the fine-dining Indian restaurant at Pan Pacific Singapore, you not only eat with your palate but with your eyes as well. The interior has that timeless and elegant look (thanks to its massive renovation in 2012), and the whole vibe complements the contemporary but heritage-inspired dishes on the menu. A must-try is the Raarha Gosht made of lamb chunks because they are flavour-packed with curry and other chilli. Every bite will leave you wanting for more. --- Address: Level 3, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard Singapore 039595 Tel. No.: +65 6333 1788 Operation Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 2:30pm Dinner: 6:30pm to 10:30pm 4. Muthu’s Flavours
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From the famous Muthu’s Curry comes another Indian restaurant, which brings to Singapore the North and South Indian cuisine presented in a contemporary manner. Yes, it still offers curry in the menu but the chefs have added dishes with a modern twist. One example is the Pappadum Bruschetta – a fusion between Indian and Italian cuisine where the crisp Indian starter is topped with chopped tomatoes, onions, chilli, and other ingredients. --- Address: Block 7 Dempsey Rd #01-01, Singapore 249671 Tel. No.: +65 6474 5128 Operation Hours: Lunch: 11:30am to 3pm 5. Song of India
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Dining at Song of India never fails to make you feel like royalty. It’s situated inside a former bungalow house, which is decorated with chandeliers, curtains, and white table cloths. On the walls are artworks of famous Indian painters, which you can actually purchase. As for the food, Head Chef Manjunath Mural has come up with a menu which brings to Singapore popular dishes in his home country. Do try the Non-Veg Kebab Platter which is made up of tandoori prawns, basil chicken tika, and many more. It’s truly a dish to feed big groups. --- Address: 33 Scotts Road, Singapore Tel. No.: +65 6836 0055 Operation Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm Dinner: 6pm to 11pm Open Daily 6. Tandoor
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Tandoor was under renovation for a couple of months. Now that it has finally re-opened, we can now head down to feast on true Indian dishes prepared by Head Chef Sujit Naik. Currently, it has the Set Dinner Menu, which consists of dishes with stories to tell. The Mango Curry, a signature in this restaurant, was invented by Chefs grandmother when he was a young boy. For a complete review of Tandoor, click here. --- Address: Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, 11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616 Tel. No.: +65 6733 8333 Operation Hours: Lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm Dinner from 7pm to 10:30pm 7. Yantra
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Elegant and classy – these are two things that best describe Yantra, the fine-dining Indian restaurant at Tanglin Mall. The menu is composed of dishes, wherein the recipes are given a modern twist to come up with something new to the palate. Some items to try are the kebabs, which come in meat and vegetarian options. Don't miss out on the Burrah Chop and the Mutton Seekh Kebab! --- Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933 Tel. No.: +65 6836 3088 Operation Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 3pm (Daily) Dinner: 6:30pm to 10pm (Weekdays) 6:30pm to 11pm (Weekends) 8. Samy's Curry Restaurant
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The Curry Fish Head is what made Samy’s Curry a household name in Singapore. The way they create the sauce has just the right spice and thickness, something which other restaurants can’t really match. The vibe is also very casual and chill – so customers don’t need to put up a front when they dine here. They can easily let their hair down and enjoy the Indian specialties however they want to. Best of all, the food here is not expensive! --- Address: 25 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249670 Tel. No.: +65 6472 2080 Operation Hours: Lunch: 11am to3pm Dinner: 6pm to 10pm Closed on Tuesdays 9. Casuarina Curry
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Another trusted restaurant for good Indian food, Casuarina Curry at Upper Thompson is well known for its roti prata. Since it was established in 1992, it has come up with more dishes to feed foodies’ cravings for curry, mee goreng, and of course… the signature. For this item, there are a lot of varieties to choose from – mushroom, chicken, and cheese. Even with the modern touch, they’re still truly Indian. --- Address: 138 Casuarina Road, Singapore 579526 Tel. No.: +65 6455 9093 Operation Hours: 7am to 12am 10. Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant
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Shahi Maharani seems to really bring you to India with the way the restaurant is decorated. Also, the music being played here during operation hours is of course, lively Indian music, to give you the feeling that you’re no longer in Singapore. To get your money’s worth here, drop by during the lunch time buffet. You can have an unlimited fill of classic dishes such as tandoors, mutton, and curries. --- Address: #03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road, Singapore, Singapore 179103 Tel. No.: +65 6235 8840 Operation Hours: Lunch 12pm to2:30pm (daily) Dinner: 6:30pm to 10:30pm (daily) See Also: Try out these recommended Indian dishes Try these local faves for yourself!
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