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Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore


History of Singapore and India is very much tangled, both were under the British Empire and during the unrest in India, many traders and common people moved to Singapore. Along with them they brought the Indian spices and the traditional recipes and contributed to the culinary scene of the country. Little India is a place in Singapore which is filled with many Indian restaurants, and some of them are almost 50 years old. They serve Indian food from northern, southern and coastal regions of India with some modern twist. Here’s a list of Top 10 best Indian restaurant that you must check out on your next vacation to Singapore.

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-1

1. Samy’s Curry

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-2 The journey started as a small roadside stall in the 1950s, and now, five decades later, it is a family run Samy’s Curry Restaurant at Dempsey Hill, one of the oldest South Indian restaurant of Singapore. Its posh location doesn’t make its prices steep and it is very much affordable. The restaurant is more like a mess hall with high ceilings and a spacious verandah. They serve food in a very traditional way, on a banana leaf. The restaurant serves one of the best fish head curries in the town.

Must try: Fish head curry, fish cutlet, masala chicken, butter chicken, and rasam rice.

Location: 25 Dempsey Rd, Singapore 249670

Timing: 11 AM - 3 PM, 6 PM - 10 PM. closed on Tuesday.

2. Rang Mahal

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-3 Serving since last 4 decades, Rang Mahal is the oldest fine-dining Indian restaurant in Singapore. Established in 1971, in the now defunct Imperial Hotel, Rang Mahal moved to its contemporary premises at Pan Pacific Hotel in 2001. It serves great-value buffet featuring a lavish spread of regional Indian favorites, with an extensive selection of more than 300 wine labels from all over the globe. The decor reflects European grandeur while retaining some Indian essence. A splendid bar and live cooking stations surely add that pop of excitement.

Must try: Tandoori Chicken, Raarha Gosht, Punjabi Chicken Tikka

Location: 7 Raffles Blvd, Level 3 Pan Pacific, Singapore

Timing: 12 PM - 2:30 PM and 6:30 PM - 10:30 PM

3. Punjabi Grill

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-4 The restaurant is owned by a celebrated chef, Jiggs Kalra and is situated in the Marina Bay. The restaurant serves you gourmet dishes, inspired by street food and traditional local food of north-west frontier province- The undivided Punjab region. They serve local dishes like golgappas, and palak paneer made with original recipes with a modern twist. The ambiance is inspired by the grandeur of Indian Maharajas, with its grand chandelier, glass and metal accents, and upholstered panels. Without a doubt, their signature dish is Sarson Ka Saag.

Must Try: Sarson Ka Saag, the tandoori lobster, Dahi ke kebab (yogurt kebab) and the signature paan

Location: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands

Timing: 11:30 AM – 3 PM, 6:30 PM –11:00 PM

Suggested Read: 10 Best Restaurants In Singapore For A Hearty Dine

4. The Song Of India

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-5 The Song Of India is the first Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Southeast Asia. Located in a beautiful black and white painted colonial bungalow, it is one of Singapore's finest Indian restaurants. The interiors are beautiful with different settings for different occasions. The restaurant promotes India's contemporary art and displays art pieces and sculptures which adds to the ambiance and the fine-dining experience. These art pieces are also up for purchases. Head Chef Manjunath Mural’s menus are constantly being reinvented with recipes both traditional and adventurous.

Must Try: Jhinga E Samarkhand, Lobster Moily, Malai Kulfi

Location: 33 Scotts Rd, Singapore

Timing: 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM, 6:00 PM –11:00 PM

5. Muthu's curry

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-6 Established in 1969, Almost five decades later, dining at Muthu’s Curry is not merely eating. It’s a sense of a gastronomic journey. Muthu’s Curry on Race Course Road is the restaurant that is always packed with locals as well as Indian tourists, waiting for their favorite fish head curry to be served. Unlike other canteen styled restaurants in Little India, Muthu’s curry has a stylish and modern 350 seater restaurant with an open kitchen situated in the middle of the restaurant.

Must try: Fish Head Curry, Tandoori Fish Head, Masala Prawns, Mysore Mutton

Location: 138 Race Course Rd, #01-01, Singapore

Timings: 10:30 AM – 10:30 PM

6. Khansama Tandoori Restaurant

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-7 One of the best vegetarian-friendly restaurants located in Little India. This place is a culinary delight for all those who want to experience an authentic and delicious culinary platter. This restaurant has an airy outdoor seating which provides a magnificent view of the lively atmosphere of Little India. One can also choose to sit indoors and enjoy the pleasant setting with dim lighting and elaborate furniture. The restaurant offers a great variety of signature Indian cuisine and a collection of Indian beers, all of which is a part of its extensive menu.

Must try: Cheese Naan, Chicken Tikka, Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Chicken Mughlai

Location: 166 Serangoon Road Singapore

Timings: 10:00 AM - 12:30 Midnight

7. Tiffin Room Restaurant

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-8 Dating back to 1899, Tiffin room is a sophisticated restaurant with a colonial elegance to its ambiance. This place is perfect for anyone who prefers to have a buffet with a large selection of classic Indian dishes. The interiors of the restaurant receive ample natural light which accentuates the dramatic vibe of this regal restaurant. Tiffin room has a comprehensive menu with an extensive variety of both vegetarian and non-vegetarian curries and thalis. All the dishes have refined flavors and display the culinary expertise that the restaurant upholds.

Must try: Dal Makhani, Cheese Naans, Peshawari Naans, Dahi Kebab, Roasted Lamb

Location: Raffles Hotel, 1 Beach Rd, Singapore

Timings: 10:30 AM - 10:00 PM

8. Lagnaa, barefoot dining

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-9 A small restaurant in Little India can occupy up to 35 people gives you very homely vibes. Lagna is famous for its first floor barefoot dining concept where diners sit on the wooden floor instead of chairs and enjoy the best Indian cuisine of the town. Another fascinating thing about the restaurant is that it lets the guest choose their spice level- from 1 being mild spicy and 10 being the spiciest.

Must Try: palak paneer, threadfin fish curry, and butter chicken

Location: 6 Upper Dickson Rd, Singapore

Timings: 11:30 AM – 10:30 PM

9. RAS the essence of India

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-10 Situated in a lively tourist destination, RAS the essence of India is a classy Indian restaurant with ethnic culinary experience. The top attraction of the restaurant is its al-fresco dining by the bustling riverside. It’s a perfect place to enjoy your meal while watching the vibrant nightlife untangle. The restaurant offers many traditional dishes from many states of India and has a wide range of options for vegetarians too.

Must Try: Chicken Tikka Masala, Lamb Biryani, Paneer Makhanwalla, and Tandoori Lobster

Location: #01-05A, Block 3D, River Valley Road, Clarke Quay

Timings: 12:00 PM - 02:30 PM, 06:30 PM - 11:30 PM

10. Shahi Maharani

Indian Flavours on Foreign Land: 10 Best Indian Restaurants In Singapore-11 Dining at Shahi Maharani is a royal experience. The gorgeous wooden decor and spacious large halls resemble the heritage dining areas of the royals of India. The fine dining restaurant serves delicious North Indian cuisine, and the recipes are traditional and have been passed down by the royal chefs. A live band entertains with Indian classical music and popular Bollywood song.

Must Try: Malai Kofta Curry and Chicken Makhanwala.

Location: Raffles City Shopping Centre

Timings: 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM, 6:30 PM –10:30 PM

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