Indian Restaurants In Singapore
Curries, prata and fragrant spices are the landmarks of Indian cuisine to Singaporeans, but that’s not all this varied and delectable cuisine has to offer. In fact, there are plenty of distinct differences between Northern and Southern Indian food, and what we think is Indian food in Singapore is a whole new world entirely. We’ve compiled a list of some authentic Indian restaurants in Singapore so you can school yourself on Indian food this Deepavali!
1.Jaggi’s Northern Indian Cuisine
For those unfamiliar with Indian cuisine, Northern Indian food is characterised by their heavy use of dairy products in cooking. Yogurt, milk, and tomatoes are prevalent in the cuisine, and roti is a staple in place of rice.
Originally a hawker stall in near the ports of Singapore back in the old days, Jaggi’s has achieved such renown that it now has it’s own restaurant. Try the Chicken & mutton kebabs ($5) or the smokey and spicy Tandoori Chicken ($5) but don’t miss out on what has to my favourite dish, Butter Chicken ($6.50), it tastes better than you can imagine.
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat: 1120am – 3pm, 6pm-1030am Sun:1030am-1030pm
Address: 34 Race Course Rd
Contact: 6296 6141
2. Samy’s Curry
Restaurants nowadays can hardly stay open for 2 years, let alone 50 like Samy’s Curry! Their status in Singapore is legendary and they were actually one of the first restaurants in Dempsey hill before it became the “it” place for restaurants (take that hipsters).
South Indian food is characterised by the use of tamarind, coconut milk, and rice which is much more prevalent in the South. You’ll want to try the Fish Head Curry ($20-$32), Masala Chicken ($5) and Mysore Mutton ($5), which is a dried curry dish.
Opening Hours:Wed-Mon: 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm
Address: 25 Dempsey Road
Contact: 6472 2080
3. Kebabs & Curries
One of the biggest surprises in Little India, Kebabs & Curries is housed on the top floor of Mustafa Shopping Centre. It’s hardly the first choice when you think about scenic restaurants, but the roof is shaped as a giant glass dome offering a pretty unique dining experience.
Try the Lucknowi Chicken Biryani ($12.90) which is quite the hit with its tender, juicy chicken and fragrant rice. But as always my other recommendation is the Butter Chicken ($12.90) which you should have with warm and toasty Garlic Nann ($3). This combination will change your life. You’re welcome!
Opening Hours:Daily: 11am – 1245am
Address: 171 Syed Alwi Rd, #07-00 Mustafa Centre
Contact: 6419 0749
4. Karu’s Indian Banana Leaf Restaurant
Karu’s restaurant is a quaint and inexpensive restaurant in Bukit Timah. It may not be where you’d go for Indian food, but Karu’s has reputedly been one of the best places you can get Fish Head Curry ($22). If you’re in for something a little unique, try the Crab Masala (Seasonal Price) a sweet and spicy dish guaranteed to please and a perfect addition to our crab guide!
Address: 808 Upper Bukit Timah Rd
Contact: 6762 7284
If you’re looking for a good Indian buffet restaurant, this is it! Their Lunch buffets on Friday and Saturday is priced at $30 which is incredible value considering what’s on offer. But if that’s not for you the a la carte menu has plenty to offer too. The Hyderabadi Mutton Dum Biriyani ($39) is of particular note. Breaking through its crust will unleash the fresh and pungent aroma of mutton briyani and bring any self-respecting foodie to tears.
Opening Hours: Daily: 12pm-3pm, 630pm-10pm
Address: 163 Tanglin Rd, #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall
Contact: 6836 3088
6. Rang Mahal
One of the grandest Indian restaurants in Singapore, Rang Mahal is the place to go to for Indian fine dining. While it looks and feels modern, the food is still steeped in tradition and you’ll find no lack of authenticity here. The Tava Scallops ($42) are a must try with its green chilli sauce, and for something a little non-traditional, the tandoor roasted Portobello Mushrooms ($28) stuffed with cheese will leave you smiling.
Opening Hours:Daily: 12am-230pm, 630pm-1030pm
Address: 7 Raffles Blvd, #03-00 Pan Pacific Singapore
Contact: 6333 1788
7. Punjab Grill
Tucked in a corner of Marina Bay Sands, Punjab Grill. The restaurant serves food from the North West. Try the Norwegian salmon tikka for a spicy twist on Singapore’s favourite fish ($35) or if you’re in the mood for something grander, the tandoori foie gras with mango chutney ($45) will make you look at the classic French ingredient in a whole new way.
Opening Hours: Daily:1130am-245pm, 6pm-1030pm
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
8. Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant
It’s yet another age worn Indian restaurant, and definitely one of the most popular options in town. The cuisine is born from the ancient kitchens of the maharajas, food fit for kings. The Mutton Vindaloo ($21) is delicious and gamey lamb balanced with a spicy stew. The Rogan Josh ($21) which isn’t a Bollywood actor, is a dish for timid eaters wary of spice. The Chilis used here aren’t as strong and the dish focuses more on the aromatics to bring about mind blowing flavour.
Opening Hours:Daily:12pm-230pm, 630pm-1030pm
Address: 252 North Bridge Road, # 03 – 21B Raffles City Shopping Centre
Contact: 6235 8840
Your aunties and cheapo friends will love this place. This vegetarian restaurant is perhaps the only place that has a pay what you want policy. The restaurant is run by volunteers dishing out amazing vegetarian fare everyday. The food quality tends to fluctuate due to whoever’s in the kitchen, but the value is unprecedented. Don’t miss out the nanns and Cauliflower curry while you’re there!
Opening Hours: Mon: 11am-230pm, Tues-Sun: 11am-230pm, 630pm-930pm
Address: 20 Havelock Road, #01-04, Central Square
Contact: 6339 9993
10. Hei Cuisine
A new comer to the Indian food scene, Hei Cuisine recently opened it’s doors to spread the word on local style Indian food that still retains traditional roots. The Mutton Tulang is only $7 and comes with rice to balance out the gelatinous shanks. The Tiger Prawn Curry is also a fantastic deal at $9.
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat: 1130am-4pm, 630pm-10pm
Address: 458 Race Course Rd
Contact: 9021 9764
About Indian Restaurants in Singapore
There you have it! We hope the list inspires you to check out some great Indian restaurants this Deepavali! If you have any other suggestions, leave them in the comments below!