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From curries to samosas to grilled meats and more, these Indian restaurants are doing right.

 

1. Table by Rang Mahal

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It might be well hidden in Naumi Hotel, but the sister restaurant of the posher Rang Mahal is popular among the curry connosiours – and that says a lot.

Here, North Indian nosh is presented with a contemporary touch. We love the Paneer Makhini, a velvety tomato cashew curry with Indian cottage cheese.

The executive set lunch, at only $20++, is a “bento” set of favourites that won’t break the bank.

Naumi Hotel, 41 Seah Street Singapore 188396

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2. Bombay Cafe

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Don’t be put off by the flamboyant interior of the restaurant (it’s blindingly pink), with collages of Bollywood visual plastered across random walls. Not that it’ll matter once the food is served.

Here, street-style food woo urban palates; it’s vegetarian, but you won’t even realise meat is missing from the menu. Start with their popular Mushroom Kurkure, cheesy stuffed mushrooms served with mint chutney. Their dosa (crepe) and naan (fried flatbread) are to die for; get an assortment of curries to dip them in.

308 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 207658

 

3. Mr and Mrs Moghan’s Super Crispy Roti Prata

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Roti prata is every Singaporean’s favourite food – we have it for breakfast, as a late night snack, basically whenever. And we’re not the only ones who think the Moghans do one of the best pratas in Singapore, and that says a lot. If you want a characteristically Singaporean breakfast, we’d say this place is it.

The eatery’s name sells itself – that’s one way of doing it – their pratas are super crispy, even the kosong (plain) ones are good enough to savour on their own without any curry dip.

7 Crane Rd, Singapore 429356

 

4. Maziga

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If there’s one way to describe Maziga, it would be happening (plus, they’re located in party central Clarke Quay). Their limitless experimentation is certainly paying off, with so much going on in each dish.

Naans are made into pizzas, and traditional kebabs reinvented as burgers; Indian flavours are incorporated into various dishes like Crispy Soft Shell Crab or Amritsar Fish and Chips. This is one restaurant you’ll have to try for yourself!

3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024

 

5. Zaffron Kitchen

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One of the Bib Gourmand awardees in the 2016 Michelin Guide Singapore, Zaffron Kitchen dishes out every dialect of varied Indian cuisine, and none disappoint. 

The food here packs a punch (Just look at how intensely marinated the meats are!) but thankfully, they’re not tongue-numbingly spicy. One of our favourites: the Fish Tikka, made with salmon for a more unique texture that works perfectly with the innovative Indian flavours.

137 East Coast Rd, Singapore 428822

 

6. Yantra

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At Yantra, every dish is a history book on a plate. But that’s not to say it hasn’t been keeping up with the modern palate – the old and new are so seamlessly fused together in their inventive fare, from Chicken Tikka Fondue to Tandoori Avocado.

Clearly, much thought went into their desserts as well, from Galub Jamun Tiramisu, a coffee flavoured milk dumpling in a cheesecake, to their unique take on a Chocolate Bombe, Indian ice cream encased in a chocolate dome.

#01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Rd, Singapore 247933

 

7. Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant

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Soothing live music and a decor reminiscent of the royal palaces surround you during your meal, and they’ve got equally impressive food to match, too.

The menu is extensive – dishes are laid out in categories like “Royal Seafood Specialities” and “Garden Fresh Vegetables From The Royal Fields”. Food fit for royalty? We think so.

And, of course, not forgetting the wines. P.S. fruity wines likea dry Riesling go best with fiery curries.

#03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Rd, Singapore 179103

 

8. Melt – The World Cafe

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Ok, this isn’t an Indian restaurant per se, but honorary mention goes out to the buffet at Melt for their selection of Indian cuisine, which is clearly their forte.

Go for the other stations – you’ll find everything from Wagyu Beef to Lobster – but eyes on the prize. Just saying.

Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Ave, Singapore 039797

 

The original version of this story was published in The Finder in October 2016

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