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Best Indian in Singapore

Never really got the high end Indian dining thing -- just seems a bit much for what you get. Not just because it's Indian, but... I have my reservations on how good the food at Song of India or Rang Mahal really is.

There's also a place called Vansh. Mid-range classy Indian place. Not too pricey at all. Have not tried the food but apparently more than decent.

Best Indian in Singapore

FYI Indian-Chinese 'cuisine' (very popular in every part of India) is not really Chinese at all. Kind of like Chinese food in America; chopsuey, 'hakka noodles', etc (I'm Chinese and I've never heard of most of the items, and don't really like them :P). There are a few places in Singapore that are tryign the whole Indian Chinese thing right now. Not sure it works. But the Sakunthala's I mentioned is Sakunthala's Restaurant, not "food palace", and it is an authentic South Indian place on Dunlop Street.

Best Indian in Singapore

This isn't the same Sakunthala's -- that's a different one :)

Mumbai (Bombay) restaurant suggestions? [Moved from International board]

(1) Basilico, in Colaba

(2) Koyla's. Rooftop of the Gulf Hotel, also in Colaba. VERY VERY hip. Still has a 'secret hideout' feel to it.

(3) I'd say Basilico again

Bangalore, Delhi, Agra [Moved from International board]

Plenty of good meals to be had in Bangalore!

I had a particularly enjoyable breakfast at Mavalli Tiffin Room, something of a Bangalore institution. A very local place -- always a good thing. Fantastic dosa and 'karabhat upma'; although I grew up eating a lot of 'real' Indian food in Singapore, I never thought dosa could be THIS good.

There's also a great Mangalorean seafood restaurant called Kudla's. I believe it's in the Hotel Ramanshree. If you've never had Mangalorean style seafood, oh you are in for A TREAT. Koti roti. Assorted types of curry and crabs and prawns. Mangalorean seafood is fantastic, and Kudla's is possibly the best place for it. Very affordable too.

Closer to 'town', Bheema's on Church Street (near Brigade Road, the 'centre' of town) has good Andhra food. Andhra food is rather spicy so if you don't take to spice well, be sure to tell them to tone it down. But oh, that Andhra briyani.. and fried pomfret!

K.C. Das also on Church Street for authentic Bengali sweets (out of this world if you have a sweet tooth, though Indian sweets can take some getting used to: a must have is the gulab jamun, misti doi, and sandesh).. KC Das is a famed sweetmaker from Kolkata. Probably can't get good Bengali sweets unless you go to Kolkata yourself, or go to this one in Bangalore.

Ask if your local co-workers are willing to take you to Food Street. Well worth it for the experience, and the food.

If you don't know many people in Bangalore, a good thing to do is to go to an English language bookshop (in town), and get yourself a copy of the several guides to Bangalore restaurant. Several publishers put this one, one by Times of India, and there's a better one I can't remember now.. (Bangalore Restaurants 2008? Bangalore Food and Restaurants 2008? Outlook India guide? Just browse through and pick your favourite). The listings are pretty accurate with good reviews; also included are informational pieces on various aspects of each city's food scene.

Lastly, I doubt you're looking for 'other cuisines' during your time in Bangalore but if you ever are: Nilgiri's Nest has a nice cafe, i.tal.ia at The Park hotel has decent Italian (by Indian standards, anyway, and is suitably priced). There's also a good Malaysian/Singapore place -- and authentic, compared to the "Indian Chinese" fare that I still cannot stomach -- it's called.. SHIOK. Which is what we Singaporeans say about food that's so good it hits a sweet spot.

(One more thing. Do shop at The Bombay Store on MG Road! Not the cheapest, but it's a lovely department store with an excellent selection of Indian produce, tea, clothes, accessories, souvenirs, etc.)

Best Indian in Singapore

I'm Singaporean, a huge fan of Indian food, and I spend 3 mths each year in India. When I'm home for a quick Indian fix it has to be Little India.

The following places are all found in Little India, addresses and contact at the end:

Saravana Bhavan, a famous vegetarian chain from Chennai, has a branch in Singapore. It is decidedly better than many other homegrown South Indian chains.

Sakunthala's Restaurant. My favourite all-around veg AND non-veg Indian restaurant. Good briyanis, good thalis, good South Indian dishes. Be sure to try the "chicken kothu" as well.

Here's one place you'd only go to if a local took you: the oddly named 786 (Azmi) stall. It is found inside "Thye Chong Restaurant", at the junction of Serangoon Rd and Norris Rd. Best mutton keema and chapati since 1944, so fresh that they still get their ingredients from the flour mill a few storefronts away. Very, very good -- and also 'atmospheric' (as authentic a Singapore 'coffee shop' experience as you can get).

There are a couple more places: check out this page here for more details. For disclosure's sake, I authored the following section.

Outside of Little India, my favourite place is Mango Tree in East Coast Parkway. It specializes in coastal cuisine from Kerala, and I can vouch that it's as good as it gets. For that reason, do stick with the Keralan/Goan/other coastal cuisines. Crabs, prawns, fish, are all stunning. The meat items and northern indian items don't quite cut it. Pricier than all the above options: it is a 'proper' restaurant. Quite beautiful.

El Bulli 2008 Reservations

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Nov 14, 2007
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