Deepavali, the Festival of Lights, is happening this Thursday, 4 November 2021. Despite some changes due to Covid-19, the celebration goes on: the Indian Heritage Centre (IHC) has opened its doors with Welcoming Lights. Mark your calendars for the Light Installation on 14 November, a mini street light-up arch along Campbell Lane, and if you love biriyani, you should definitely check out the Little India Biriyani Fiesta, happening all the way until 21 November!
Speaking of food, Indian cuisine can’t be beat when it comes to food that’s hearty, spicy and decadent. And what better time to explore them than over Deepavali? Whether you’re craving for a sinfully delicious fish head curry or in the mood to dig into a sumptuous thali set, we’ve got you covered. Scroll down to take your pick!
For the last 50 years, Rang Mahal has been known as the pinnacle of luxurious and delicious North Indian food. From 21 October to 5 November, you can order their specially curated Diwali Celebration Set Menu. Each set comes with one starter, one main, one naan and one dessert, and it also includes their Signature Dal Makhani, Green Peas Pulao Rice, Anokhi Subz Vegetables, Cucumber Raita and 2 Rang Mahal Signature Diwali Mithais.
You may also order from their regular menu, with some of the recommended dishes being the Tandoor-Grilled Seabass, the Lamb Roganjosh and the crowd-favourite Palak Paneer.
📍 Address: Pan Pacific Singapore, Level 3, Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 03959
⏰ Opening hours: Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm | Dinner: 6pm – 10pm (Closed on Mondays and Saturdays during lunch)
🌐 Website: https://www.rangmahal.com.sg/
Touted as a foreigner’s whimsical love letter to India, stepping into Firangi Superstar will feel almost like you’ve stepped into a Wes Anderson movie. There are four themed rooms in this space: Officer’s Club, Old Railway Room, Elephant Palace and Jungle Lodge — and if this isn’t enough to impress you, be prepared to be blown away by the food!
From 1 November to 6 November, indulge in their Firangi Diwali Set Menu prepared by head chef Thiru Gunasakaran. Some of the specials include the Chat Masala Foie Gras and Masala Crab with Caviar.
📍 Address: 20 Craig Road, #01-03, Singapore 089692
⏰ Opening hours: Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm | Dinner: 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Closed on Sundays and Saturdays during lunch)
🌐 Website: https://www.firangisuperstar.com/
03 • Khansama Tandoori Restaurant
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After taking a stroll along Little India, why not settle in at this wallet-friendly eatery located along Serangoon Road? Khansama Tandoori Restaurant serves up a variety of North-Indian delicacies, with several standout dishes.
Be sure to try the Tandoori Gobhi, where cauliflower pieces marinated in yogurt and spices are beautifully baked in a charcoal oven. The house speciality, Bharwan Masala Baingani, is another must-try — sliced eggplants are stuffed with a spicy-dry masala mix and sautéed to perfection. Oh, and of course, don’t forget to order some freshly cooked naan to mop up the remaining bits from the stews and curries!
📍 Address: 166 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218050
⏰ Opening hours: Daily, 10am – 12am
🌐 Website: https://khansama.com.sg/
A pared-down rendition of the classic biryani is served at Bismillah Biryani, with this dish prepared dum-style. It’s a process that starts with putting all the ingredients in one container, sealing it, and letting it slowly cook on slow fire.
This adds an incredible depth to the flavour and makes the biryani here light on the stomach — making it no wonder why this humble spot is often touted as having the best biryani in Singapore!
📍 Address: 50 Dunlop Street, Singapore 209379
⏰ Opening hours: Daily, 11.30am – 9pm
🌐 Website: https://www.bismillahbiryani.com/
A household name in Singapore, Muthu’s Curry is famed for their Fish Head Curry. Tantalising, spicy, and hits all the right notes: it’s no wonder why it’s the go-to curry spot even after 52 years!
Other than their signature dish, they also offer a wide selection of Southern and Northern Indian fare such as chicken masala, butter chicken, chicken manchurian and freshly made breads from the tandoor.
📍 Address: 138 Race Course Road, #01-01, Singapore 218591
⏰ Opening hours: Daily, 10.30am – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: https://www.muthuscurry.com/
06 • The Curry Club Singapore
Head over to the Fort Canning area for some masala-packed goodness at The Curry Club! They serve up a range of regional cuisines from South Indian to North Indian, as well as some with a more local twist such as the Claypot Tulang Masala and the Malaysian Indian pride known as the Satti Soru.
Want to #eatlikearaja? Be sure to check out their curated Diwali Feast 2021 menus, ranging from an affordable $15 to $30 that’s guaranteed to send you and your guests into a food coma.
📍 Address: 11 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 239010
⏰ Opening hours: Mondays: 4.00 – 10.30pm | Tuesdays – Sundays: 2.00 – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: https://www.thecurryclub.sg/
Prepare to be greeted by the rich aromas of the mighty masalas as you step into this Indian food universe in the heart of Little India. A long-standing establishment, Banana Leaf Apolo has been consistently serving some of the best authentic meals in the island.
From small-sized bites to full-fledged meal sets, you can tell with just one mouthful that they put their heart and soul into what they do. Allow your taste buds to be teased by some of their best-sellers including the thick, tangy Fish Head Curry, which is perhaps what the franchise is best known for. We suggest keeping your stomachs empty until you get there!
📍 Address: 54 Race Course Road Singapore 218564 (View more Banana Leaf Apolo outlets here.)
⏰ Opening hours: 10.30am – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: https://www.thebananaleafapolo.com/
08 • Sakunthala’s Restaurant
A name well-known to many Singaporeans, Sakunthala’s is all about their versatility and taste. You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the variety of food they serve up — from Indian to Indo-Chinese to even Thai!
Regardless of which cuisine you go for, they’re all equally exquisite and divine. It’s no wonder they’re so popular! Some of their best-sellers include biryani, chicken lollipops and fish head curry.
📍 Address: 66 Race Course Road Singapore 218570 (View more Sakunthala’s outlets here)
⏰ Opening hours: 11am – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: https://www.sakunthalas.com/
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Happy Deepavali, GetGoers! 🥳