Indian food is easy to find on foodie-packed Singapore where we have an array of curries, naans, chaats and creative takes on Indian cuisine. If you want to go regal with your rogan josh there are plenty of eateries that put on a fancy show. Prefer your poppadoms more authentic and old-skool? Little India has the pick of the bunch, but there are also many secret stalwarts for a spot of spice elsewhere on the island. Here’s our round-up of where to find the best Indian eateries and curry houses in town.
Ms. Maria & Mr. Singh
The extraordinary degustation menu offered at Ms. Maria & Mr Singh is an ANZA fave. Relive the romance with all-time favourites like Chef Gaggan’s Crab Curry, one of his signature dishes since 2016, a coconut and coriander-based curry dish with juicy chunky crab meat. New mainstays include in the eight-course dinner menu such as Scallop Tostada with Romesco, Salsa Macha and Basil Aioli and hearty Pork Vindaloo Tacos, inspired by a curry dish in Goa. An absolute pleasure!
43 Craig Road, 089691. mariaandsingh.sg
The new Burma Social’s menu (Feast of Six Kingdoms) offers a melting pot of its neighbouring countries: Laos, Thailand, China, and India. Start your meal with a Laphet Thoke, a fermented tea leaf salad then move on to mains such as the Curry Piezo – Indian infused curry with garden greens. Finish it off with the A-thi, a dessert of burnt mango with black jaggery sorbet and coconut crisps.
34 Tras St, 079026. burmasocial.com
Firangi Superstar’s new 2.5 hour Saturday brunch, Champagne Superstar, is a banger: delicious morsels such as caviar puri, masala donuts and pepper fry croissant presented in a kooky wooden box, a main course with options like prata waffle with madras fried chicken, fish & chips, and baked eggs with keema pav. If you have any room left, desserts are mega-generous and comprise masala chai éclair, carrot cake and red velvet peanut cake. Wash it all down with Firangi’s fabulous Bloody Mary – the perfect pick-up of vodka, smoked tomato chutney, tamarind, and sliced pineapple and chilli on the side.
20 Craig Rd, #01-03, 089692. firangisuperstar.com
The Curry Club Signature
Indian tradition meets modern contemporary dining at The Curry Club Signature. The small plates and sharing platters of this casual-fine dining outpost repackage tradition in fresh fashionable flair while still honouring authentic flavours and recipes. The Curry Club Signature proudly stands as the first and only casual fine dining restaurant to be run by a local Indian family in Singapore.
11 Mohamed Sultan Road, 239010. thecurryclub.sg
This Little India lovely serving no-frills hearty Indian cuisine hardly needs an introduction. Komala Vilas offers simple yet authentic vegetarian fare that’s remained unchanged since its beginnings in 1947. With over 20 different types of dosai (lentil and rice flour pancakes) on the menu, parata (flatbread), sambar stews and chutney, thosai, vadai, biryani and idly, there’s plenty to please everyone. What sets Komala Vilas apart is the fact that it only hires trained, skilled cooks from India, so you get the real deal.
Komala Vilas, 76 Serangoon Road, 217981
Haven’t noticed this hotspot when you hotfoot it to Little Farms? Sitting pretty in Tanglin Mall, Yantra has recently had a facelift, making it an intoxicating mix of elegant and sultry and serving Indian recipes passed down through generations alongside royalty-approved dishes. Dine on Sutta Gosht, best known as sleepy sota mutton; Hyderabadi Chicken dum Biryani, a classic chicken biryani from Hyderabad; Haleem Rashmi, where jackfruit is the meat substitute; and hot pillowy naan straight out of the tandoor. The new swanky interior takes you on a journey through India where there are five distinct designed spaces, with dining rooms inspired from parts of India like Rajasthan. The Corbett Bar with a captivating touch of old-world charm. Cladded in safari prints, the space is inspired by India’s oldest national park.
163 Tanglin Road, #01-129/130/131, 247933. yantra.com.sg
If you are new to Singapore then you may not be familiar with Samy’s. This eaterie in Dempsey Hill is a true Singapore stalwart, having been serving up spectacular home-cooked Indian fare since the 1950s. Be prepared for an authentic experience where your food is placed not on a plate, but a banana leaf, and you have the option of scooping the fare up with your hand. Nestled amid greenery, it’s utterly charming and uber tasty. The main draw is the fish head curry, of course, but we also like to play it safe with a simple and satisfying korma.
25 Dempsey Road, 249670. samyscurry.com
Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel Singapore
Celebrate Indian flavours and aromas amidst the grandeur of Raffles Hotel Singapore’s historic Tiffin Room, one of Singapore’s oldest Indian restaurants since 1892. Earlier this year, award-winning Chef de Cuisine Kuldeep Negi, who’s been helming Tiffin Room’s kitchen for over a decade, re-vamped parts of the menu with dishes influenced by his travels through various regions of North India. Enjoy a diverse range of chaats, appetisers and mains, a favourite being a customisable Mera Dabba (my box in Hindhi) Experience presented in a four-tiered custom-made copper tiffin box. The set meal is complemented with delicately flavoured rice, tandoori bread, chutneys and pickles.
1 Beach Rd, 189673. raffles.com/singapore/dining/tiffin-room