Confession time: When it comes to late-night suppers, roti prata often ranks at the top of our list thanks to its crispy exterior and delightfully fluffy interior. The South Indian-style fried flatbread tastes exceptionally divine when savoured with steaming hot curry, or topped with sugar. Unapologetically decadent (and diet-busting), it is essentially comfort food at its finest. It’s important to note, though, that as popular as prata is here, it’s certainly not all there is to Indian food. In fact, this much-beloved dish is believed to be a Singapore reinterpretation of parotta — a similar type of bread commonly found in Kerala.
The world of Indian cuisine goes way beyond that. From North India’s heavier, gravy-based creations like butter chicken and Palak Paneer (spinach and cheese curry), to South India’s rice-based dishes and dosas (crisp crepes made from fermented batter), there’s a myriad of options to sample. Thankfully, we’re rather spoilt for choice in Singapore, which offers a wide range of eateries serving up sumptuous Indian fare. For those seeking something a little fancier, there’s also a variety of Indian fine dining restaurants around, where one can feast in comfort within an upscale (and even romantic) setting.
So if you’re craving something different and more elaborate than your usual roti prata, consider checking out these 5 best Indian fine dining restaurants in Singapore. Serving up hearty, delectable food in a classy venue, they’re just what you need for an indulgent evening.
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Housed within a black and white heritage bungalow, The Song of India is a posh one-Michelin-starred restaurant specialising in modern Indian cuisine. The menu spans North and South Indian fare, with mouthwatering concoctions such as tandoori lobster, Palak Paneer, Rajasthan-style fennel potatoes, and Kutu with Appam — a Kerala dish featuring assorted vegetables in coconut gravy and rice hoppers. For more unconventional options, go for its Western-inspired items such as foie gras spiced with star anise masala and blue cheese naan. The restaurant also offers prix fixe sets and a dedicated repertoire suited for vegetarians and Jain patrons.
The Song of India, 33 Scotts Road, Singapore 228226, +65 6836 0055
Opened in 2008, Yantra underwent a revamp last year and roped in Mumbai-based celebrity chef Hemant Oberoi to head its kitchen. Expect a modern spin on North Indian cuisine, with unusual dishes such as seafood rassa (a broth of lobsters, prawns and fish served in a siphon), chicken tikka fondue (where you dip the chunks of meat into chilli cheese), and chaat — a traditional Indian street food. Also available are breads, biryanis and rice dishes like chicken pulao. Read our review here to find out more.
Yantra by Hemant Oberoi, 163 Tanglin Road, Tanglin Mall #01-28/33, Singapore 247933, +65 6836 3088
With its high ceiling and swanky, warmly lit interiors, Rang Mahal at Pan Pacific Singapore is the very picture of elegance. It focuses on North Indian food, featuring dishes such as its signature tandoori chicken, chicken tikka and sea bass curry. Vegetarian options are aplenty, with highlights like avocado kebabs and tandoori paneer tikka — homemade cottage cheese marinated with Bengali yellow mustard and seared to perfection in the tandoor oven.
Rang Mahal, Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6333 1788
Decked out in neutral tones, titanium-alloyed walls, and glass fixtures dangling from the ceiling, Punjab Grill is one gorgeous restaurant. As its name suggests, it serves cuisine that can be found in the Punjab region, which comprises cities such as Kabul and Lahore. Highlights include salmon tikka, tandoori duck, lamb shank, and prawn curry. For those craving a feast fit for a maharajah, there’s also a 10-course degustation menu available in vegetarian and non-vegetarian options.
Punjab Grill, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-01A, Singapore 018972, +65 6688 7395
Established in 1985, Tandoor is a stalwart in the Indian fine dining scene here. It serves a repertoire of dishes from across India’s coastal areas of Goa, Lucknow, Mangalore and Punjab, with signature offerings such as mango curry, Nalli Gosht (lamb shank) and Bailey’s Irish Cream kulfi. The restaurant also has four-course lunch and dinner sets, and a Sunday brunch menu of options like fish curry, mutton kebabs, and vegetable biryani.
Tandoor, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre, 11 Cavenagh Road, Singapore 229616, +65 6733 8333