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Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Oh yes, well, we'd love to try set menus for lunch. A Sardinian friend has recommended this http://www.cugini.com.sg/ as close to the real deal, and also http://www.carnivore.com.sg/. My friend and I are actually on a low carb (keto) diet, and so we are only going to eat carbs that are absolutely, completely worth it (eg: a hainanese chicken rice is welcome, but not a biriyani) Our budget is flexible - but we'd like to start low, if you know what I mean :p

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Oh....yes I forgot about that. Thank you for those recommendations!

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Thanks! I saw some of your replies on the boards - is the Old Airport Road food centre the best food centre in town?

My friend hasn't been to either THW or DTF so we think we'll hit those anyway. I was also looking at your Taste Paradise reviews and that roast pork looks amazing! When you say $165 a head, is that a set menu? It seems worth splurging on :)

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Planning a Singapore Food Trip

Hey hey guys!

A friend of mine and I are making a trip to Singapore in October for about 10 days, and our only agenda is food. Sadly, we aren't really that well off (and the rupee crumbling isn't helping our cause) but we have enthusiasm and energy and no dietary restrictions. We refuse to eat Indian food in Singapore unless its something absolutely outstanding.

Right now, we have a few must eats on our list:
1. Hainanese Chicken Rice
2. Satay
3. Laksa
4. Crab Bee Hoon
5. Char Kway Teow
6. Yong tau foo
7. Peking Duck
8. Yusheng

I've heard that there's a Din Tai Fung and Tim Ho Wan in Singapore and since I visited DTF in Taipei and HK (and Bangkok, damn I love dem XLBs) and Tim Ho Wan in Hong Kong and I loved them. But if I can do better in Singapore, do let me know.

From cuisines - Cantonese, Teochew, Sichuan, Malay, Perankan - I don't know, we'd like all, but the budgetary constraints hurt a lot. :(

I'd also like to give the Korean BBQ Buffets a shot (though in Chennai thanks to Hyundai and Samsung we get pretty authentic Korean stuff) and the Brazilian Meat Spreads and maybe even the best burgers and pizza in Singapore.

We are starting with a basic daily allowance of 50 Singapore dollars a day for food, though we have been advised that one really great blowout meal is totally worth it. I don't think we can do more than 150 singapore dollars for that meal, unless it's really, really, really, worth it.

I know it's boring advising people on budgets, but please help! :D

Sep 10, 2013
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Upcoming Trip: Delhi, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Agra

In Delhi please make a reservation and eat at Indian Accent. Its a revolutionary take on Indian food. Do the chefs tasting menu. You won't regret it.

Hyderabad try the biryani at Shadab. They also do.a fabulous haleem but am nitin sure its available through the year.

Oct 24, 2012
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Restaurants that won't let you 'have it your way"

I think it's fair, I mean, it tampers with the original creation and perhaps the flavours wouldn't blend as well as they would if there were Jalepenos. There are restaurants which refuse to have vegetarian menus or options saying that it interferes with their style, which is fine, I don't see the issue. The waiter could have just suggested a non-Jalepeno alternative, I don't see why they needed to get so ethical about it.

Jan 04, 2012
MumbaiCentral in Not About Food

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Sounds fabulous. When are you here? You can pick the place and we can come join you. And for the lizard we shall keep sufficient options available :D

Dec 29, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Shakshuka for a crowd

That's an awesome plan. I don't know about the logistics for that large a group - I have Ottolenghi's "Plenty" which has a Shakshuka recipe. His recipe says to "cook on a very (!) gentle heat for 10-12 minutes or until the eggs are just set". Am guessing that you should make your pepper mix in advance and let it sit in the fridge. (Our Shakshuka tasted even better the next day) Preheat your oven on maybe 325F and the pans as well, take the pans out, put the pepper mix in which will heat it up. Then you can break the eggs in and I think the same 10 - 12 minutes should do since your pans will be pretty big. But keep a watch because the eggs will keep cooking after you take it out and you want a nice runny yolk. Or at least I do.

Dec 29, 2011
MumbaiCentral in Home Cooking

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

I don't know where the Mid Day Office is, but this is at Tardeo, the right turn before the AC Market. Ground floor of Hotel Rosewood.

Dec 28, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Whats also good for Maharashtrian food is Aswad which is opposite the Sena Bhavan. They have the Prakash menu, plus they do other traditional stuff like pithala-bhakri and a really fine bharli wangi with freshly roasted masala. And it's air conditioned and the like.

Agree with skinnylizard doing either Vinay or Prakash, and definitely on Idli House. You should spend a morning walking around Kings Circle - Butter Pepper Idli at Idli House, Neer Dosa at Mysore Cafe, Plain Dosas, Wadas and Coffee at Madras Cafe... epic. :D

Dec 28, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Can I be a bit of a pain and implore you to include Oh Calcutta on your list? I'm assuming you aren't going to be traveling outside of Mumbai and Goa. They have some wonderful smoked Hilsa and Hilsa in Mustard sauce, and if you like mutton their Kosha Mangsho is great.

Dec 28, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Hey Ipsit,

Thanks :) Lokhandwala is facepalm when it comes to good food options though a winner's tip is that it does have the distinction of having the only place - Serenya - which serves up kickass Tibetan Food and excellent Momos. If you are ever stranded there you should know what to do :) http://www.zomato.com/mumbai/restaura...

Dec 28, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

:) Hope you can. But there is still awesomeness within the metropolitan limits - "Fresh Catch" at Mahim - traditional Karwari fish curries - ambot tik, rechado, balchao and clams. Super authentic stuff. It's just off LJ Road (you'll find it on your left after you take the left after the Shobha Hotel Signal while coming from town). It's not much on ambience, but it's a lovely little house converted into a restaurant. And its food you won't get anywhere else in Mumbai.

Dec 28, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

One afternoon/early evening in Mumbai

Yeah, Gajalee at MIDC is probably closest to you and I would recommend it any time above Mahesh Lunch Home. The MIDC Gajalee serves alcohol as well. Though if you have some time on your hands please try and go to the Hanuman Road Gajalee, having eaten at all their Mumbai branches, I like this one the best. No booze though :) You can find both on Google Maps.

The ITC restaurants are legendary. I would be spoilt for choice between Peshawari, Dum Pukht and Pan Asian (DP is only open for dinner though). Beyond this though, the area around the International Airport isn't exactly foodie paradise.

Dec 27, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Osho - I was at Sindhudurg the other day for lunch. Really unimpressive. I would implore you to have the pomfret yellow curry and fish fry at Highway Gomantak instead. :) There are a few blogs dissing HG but trust me on this one!

Dec 27, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Mumbai recs in and around Khar

Khar is really close to Bandra. For northie food you should definitely head to Persian Darbar, Linking Road, Bandra West, for their raan (leg of lamb). It's massive and will happily feed 4-5 hungry souls. PD will be like 200 bucks a person. You should also try Kakori House for their North Indian food especially their kebabs. It's slightly more expensive.

If you guys want seafood, Bandra East has Highway Gomantak which serves great fish curries, fried fish and even coastal type chicken and mutton. It's excellent (but closed on Thursdays). It's about 200 bucks a head. Ask for the "gaboli" or fish eggs. There's a China Garden in Khar which serves up good "Chindian" in an upscale atmosphere. It should be within your budget (without drinks). Or try the Chindian at 5 Spice at Pali Naka, Bandra. Big portions and good VFM. You can easily eat within 200-250 bucks a head.

Not too far away is Mahim. You should ask a cabbie to take you to Paradise theatre and there are a bunch of places opposite it. Medina Hotel has really nice flaky kerala parathas and beef (ask for it, it will not be on the menu). Medina will be about 150 bucks a head. There is also a place called "Fresh Catch" which has really good Goan style seafood and is much cheaper than the usual places that are tourist traps.

You can find all these places on zomato or burrp or Google Maps.

For Gujarati food as skinnylizard points out its better to head to town, and if you can go to Shree Thakkar Bhojanalaya in kalbadevi (it's a challenge to get there though!) it would be great. It's worth spending at least one full day in South Bombay. Khar has a great vibe and has a lot of places to just chill at. Have fun!

Dec 10, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Hey! I like the kheema pao at Military Cafe (near the stock exchange). I don't know what time they open though but you can get a beer there as well. The Kheema (and most other things) at Samovar (Jehangir Art Gallery) is also good.

Have covered the breakfast suggestions earlier in this thread. Also good for breakfast is Theobroma at Colaba for their sandwiches and omelettes and this wonder called the chip butty, if you're in a self destructive mood. You can also try Kailash Parbat for Sindhi specialties.

Churchgate area seafood - I'd also visit Bharat Excellensea at Fort Market. It's priced better than the others and the food's really good. There's also Apurva Lunch Home in Fort. There are a few old school Gomantaks also (Sandip and Pradip, the latter close to Ideal Corner), Deluxe, which is in a lane behind Citibank, has some great Mallu style seafood.

Dec 09, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

I don't know about Mum's Kitchen, it's not worth a special trip to Miramar for sure. I prefer Viva Panjim in Fontainhas - Linda Aunty's curries and fish fries are epic, and the setting is wonderful in this weather. Ask for the Rechado (red) masala on the side of your fish.

If you're heading north, try the Cafreal at Florentine in Saligao. All the cabbies know it. It's the best Chicken Cafreal - roasted chicken, with the skin on, and allegedly basted with pork fat :D Arpora has a place on the main road called Starlight which I love very much - they have great fish fries and crab xacuti.

Have breakfast at Infantaria some time, it's really relaxed and there's good food. Not a big fan for the mealtimes though. And please avoid Britto's and Martin's and the usual tourist traps! Strictly average food but really overpriced and overrun with tourists.

Dec 09, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

For the view you can also try Dome at the Intercontinental at Marine Drive (the new Natraj) - great view of the 'Queens Necklace' and giant LIITs but food is best avoided. Though their new-age Thai Restaurant on the ground floor, Koh, is run by Ian Kittichai and has rave reviews.

Yep - CG 83 is the Kemps Corner China Garden, "China Garden" is in Khar under the same management.

Dec 08, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Need recommendations for restaurants in Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur

With Udaipur, I thought the food in the Hotels was pretty expensive and overrated. Try and get a meal at Ambrai, it's on the banks of the lake and pretty laid back, with good food. There's also a place called Lal Bagh which I've heard is good but it's pretty far off. Edelweiss has nice cakes and coffee. A meal at the Lake Palace is only worth it if you are really out to celebrate. And you need to reserve a table in advance, through the hotel you are staying at (assuming that you aren't staying at the Lake Palace, but you need to reserve a dinner table anyway even if you are!) and the food isn't really spectacular but the service and the ambience is.

In Delhi, depending on how you hold up against the infamous "Delhi Belly", try Karims (near Jama Masjid) and Khan Chacha (Khan market) for the kebabs, the sweets and nibbles at Bengali Market. If you need something more upmarket (or sanitary) try the Yum Yum Tree for Asian Food, Bukhara for North Indian food (particularly the North West Frontier Region). And visit Dilli Haat and sample the regional food stalls, especially the Momos. Delhi Street Food is legendary. If you head to the Chandni Chowk area you should find your way to Parathewaali Galli for the stuffed parathas. Carry appropriate medication :)

Dec 08, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Taipei

So we're going to Taipei and want some really good ideas for meals there. We don't speak Chinese so I don't know how much of an issue that's going to be...

Another issue: my Husband is a vegetarian. Do most restaurants in Taipei have some vegetarian options? He isn't averse to broths and stocks and sauces with fish/meat bases, but he just doesn't want to bite into anything that was once alive.

We're going to be staying in Zhong Shan District so any options closer to there are welcome. Also reccos for night markets please!

Dec 08, 2011
MumbaiCentral in China & Southeast Asia

Goan Christian Food in Mumbai

Snowflake at Dhobi Talao has been around for years but doesn't get the attention it deserves. It's the best Vindaloo in Mumbai and they do a brilliant Sorpotel as well. Very basic, but very very good.

Dec 08, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia

Bombay food itinerary - please critique

Nice compilation but yes, needs some updating.

Noor Mohammedi (Mohd Ali Road) is still awesome but if you want a good Mallu breakfast head over to Fountain Plaza in Fort. Delicious Appams and Egg Ghee Roast.

Jimmy Boy has sold out. I'm told Paradise at Colaba is the shit though I got thrown out of it once for not ordering dinner for dinner (!) and haven't gone back since. Ideal Corner is strictly OK.

For Indian Chinese you should try CG 83, as they call it, at Kemps Corner. Most places do a decent job of things, my recent fave is Wok Hei at Lower Parel.

Malvani Gomantak and the like is best had at Highway Gomantak in Bandra. Absolutely outstanding and closest to home (am a native Goan)

South Indian
Rama Nayaks is good for the meals, for the 'tiffin' Madras Cafe is the place to be. Most places around Kings Circle won't disappoint. In Fort you should try Swagat, near the Strand Book Shop.

Skinnylizard covered the northie circuit very well - Balwas is certainly up and running and never disappoints.

City Kitchen has closed. For great Goan (and sometimes even better than Martins) try Snowflake in Dhobi Talao, its the lane behind Bastani bakery opp. Metro. The Vindaloo is the best in Bombay.

A week of the best breakfasts in Bombay acc to me are 1. Fountain Plaza's Mallu Spread (Appams and Egg Roast, Puttu Kadala), 2. Noor Mohammadi's Nalli Nihari, Kheema, Ghee Dal (DO NOT MISS THIS!!) and Naan, 3. Ideal Corner (they have akoori pao), 4. Koolar & Co. Matunga (for the Irani experience- cheese omelets and brun maska!), 5. Madras Cafe (the Idli Butter Podi and Dosas, topped with a filter coffee), 6. Prakash at Shivaji Park (for Maharashtrian Sabudana Khichri, Poori Bhaaji, Dalimbichi Usal!) and 7. Jalebi Fafda almost anywhere in Kalbadevi.

Dec 08, 2011
MumbaiCentral in India & South Asia