No matter where you are from, it is hard to say no to a freshly made naan and tandoori-style cooked meat and veggies. As Singapore is offering pretty much everything that both the Northern and Southern Indian cuisine have to offer, it isn’t very hard to find a few tasty tandoori dishes. Here is a selection of what we have found.
1 Zaffron Kitchen
Located right across of the 112 Katong shopping mall on East Coast Road, Zaffron Kitchen is the hot spot for Indian food in the neighbourhood. As we had a keen interest in tandoori dishes, we ordered the vegetarian Zaffron Tandoori Platter, serving up to four people. The beautifully presented and colourful platter offered some the chef’s signature vegetable kebabs.
The platter included not-too-soft gobi (cauliflower), onion stuffed mushrooms as well as some vegetable seekh kebab. Perhaps my favourite on the platter was the marinated paneer, which was immersed in creamy yogurt carom seeds before being gently charred in the tandoor.
2 Chutney Mary
Further down the street on Upper East Coast Road is Chutney Mary, which is a casual and comforting Indian fast food joint. However, the flavours are just as rich and intense. We chose the tandoori chicken kebab, which came with a small side salad, lime pieces, and a strong yogurt-based green chutney. The latter was slightly spicy, but differed severely from the chicken spice, making it a smooth combination. Even if you don’t like spicy food, the flavours of the chicken are still very enjoyable. Even though it was cooked in a tandoor oven, the chicken itself was not too dry at all, peeling off nicely from the bone.
3 Indian Curry House
Just a few hundred meters from Chutney Mary, East Coast, seems to be the go-to destination for lovers of Indian food. Making our way there on a Saturday evening, the Indian Curry House was full of life – which might be due to the intensely good food.
Choosing one of my favourite starters, the Tandoor Gobi (cauliflower) is a mildly spicy dish that is very rich in texture. The cauliflower was not overcooked, making it a very filling starter.
4 Prata Wala
Offering both Northern and Southern Indian dishes, Prata Wala has several outlets across the island. In search of their Tandoori Platter, we went looking for it at the nex mall at Serangoon MRT on a Sunday afternoon. Although the platter is only available after 5.30pm, it is well worth the wait. Available for two and four people, already the smaller version is extremely filling.
Served with a few tandoori butter naans, the platter included very tender green tandoori chicken, a portion of mixed biryani rice as well as five different curries. Palak Paneer being one of my favourite dishes, Prata Wala offers a very creamy version with soft pieces of paneer.