Popular Indian Restaurant in Singapore: A melting pot of different cultures, blending in together to create a fascinating and vibrant group of people, and giving birth to varied cuisines and opulent styles inspired by them. Impeccably designed, Singapore is known for an artificially created perfection. However, the heart and soul of Singapore lie in the abundance of fabulous food and trendy fashion, the two things Singaporeans thrive on. While the country may be infamous for being exorbitantly priced, the food culture has kept it’s affordability and authenticity alive through the years, boasting of some of the finest hawker centers as well as upscale restaurants.
Having spent four fantastic years in this country, trying out as many restaurants as possible, I have come with some of my personal favorites.
1.Annalakshmi This eatery has earned first place in my list due to various reasons. Consider a smorgasbord spread of vegetarian choices, mainly south Indian food, with the comfort of the food being home cooked. And, to make it even better, you can pay as per your desire. I remember having been there once with a friend, we ate to our hearts content, simple, home-cooked goodness of south Indian food. And, when we went to pay at the counter, I was taken by surprise. We could simply pay as much or as less as we wanted, surviving on little cash that day, we paid 10 Sgd each, and joyfully exited with huge grins. What an awesome experience!
How to get there: Get down at Clarke Quay, 5 min walk from Exit B.
(Clarke Quay stands as the most popular place for Indians to hang out, dine out at, or enjoy a good clubbing experience.)
2.Kailash Parbat A place that is frequented by numerous Indian expats, one of the local favourites for their Chaat and snack options. I remember going there every time I craved my north-Indian street food. It does come with a finer style of eating the street food, though, but me and my Indian friends visited as often as possible. They also have some Sindhi cuisine specialties, which are delectable. Definitely the one to try out for Chaat, Pani Puri, and the Sindhi food options.
How to get there- Get down at the Little India MRT station, take a little walk to Mustafa, it’s right opposite to it.
3.Banana leaf at Race course Popular with the locals and tourists alike, Indians and foreigners both can be seen here whetting their appetites. A standout amongst the most famous restaurants in Little India, this place has earned itself a name in the travelling books. Being moderately priced by and large, with some upscale items on the menu, this place draws a blended crowd, and an enjoyable ambience. Try the Fish head curry, one of their best sellers. How to get there: Get down at Little India/Farrer Park MRT station, you will find it near Mustafa centre.
4.Khansama at Serangoon One of the most sought after restaurants for serving Tandoor delicacies, and one of my favourite places for my north Indian non-vegetarian fixes. When we had discovered this place many years ago, it was one of the hidden gems of Serangoon. It has gained a lot of popularity ever since, thanks to their authenticity in taste and some food items. Some brilliant options to try here are Mutton Rogan Josh, Chicken tikka, Dal makhani. Every time I craved north indian food, I visited this place and hogged till I pleased my stomach.
How to get there: Get down at the Little India MRT station, 5 min walk from Exit E.
5.The curry culture/Maharajah at cuppage terrace Located in one of the trendy, and upscale localities, Cuppage terrace at Orchard road has some fine multi-cuisine restaurants. A fashionable and popular hangout for Expats and locals alike, this place splendidly engages. Both the Curry culture as well as The Maharajah serve delicious Indian dishes, mostly north Indian. From the tandoor delicacies, to kebabs, Biryanis, and some delectable Indian desserts, these places will satiate your Indian palette with their intensely flavoured dishes. Shop till you drop, or just look around and spend time in Singapore’s most chic Orchard road, then head to dine out at Cuppage terrace and have the night of your life. (The Maharajah serves Gulab Jamuns, the delicateness of which will blow your mind.) How to get there: Get down at Orchard MRT, locate Cuppage road.
6.Samy’s curry at Dempsey Ostensibly serving the finest fish head curry, Samy’s at Dempsey will take you on a gastronomical ride. Dempsey is a most loved among the people who have a taste for finer eateries, in a cozy and sophisticated ambience, hence some of the restaurants here are immoderately priced compared to the more affordable ones. Dempsey has a quiet, yet, pulsating vibe, in a tropical location, and Samy’s fish curry, tucked away in a little corner, with a charming and cozy ambience, will have you coming back for more. Their fish curry in a banana leaf is as authentic as it gets there, so, for the love of fish, please try the place out:D
How to get there: The easiest way is to get a cab to Dempsey.
7.Lagna If you want to experience a traditional Indian dinner, this place may be the right choice, Although, the food is not the best I’ve had in Singapore, but it gets a thumbs up for proving a unique experience. Barefoot dining, while sitting on the floor, in an authentic Indian tradition, makes you feel close to the culture, as well as is superb for your digestion. How to get there: nearest MRT station: Little India/Farrer Park
8.Muthus curry Another popular Indian restaurant in Singapore for flavoursome Indian delicacies, or fiery curries. Located in Little India, Suntec city mall, as well as Dempsey, you can take your pick there. An old favourite with the Indians and tourists both, Muthu’s have lived up to their reputation for serving authentic and fabulous Indian food at affordable prices, since last many years.
How to get there: Take the Little India MRT for the one there, or a cab ride till Dempsey, or get down at the Promenade or Esplanade station to directly reach the Suntec City mall.
You may also try the Idlis at Murugan’s or Egg biryani at Anjappar’s, both located in Little India.( Two of the local favourites)
Some fantastic food courts (including Popular Indian Restaurant in Singapore) to try out in Singapore : Newton food centre, ECP food court, Chomp Chomp, Tiong Bahru food centre, Old airport road food court, and Chinatown food complex. These are the most popular hawker centers serving authentic and delicious local favorites at affordable prices.