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The 10 Best Restaurants In Little India, Singapore

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Updated: 13 February 2017
Diverse cultures fuse seamlessly in the metropolis of Singapore, creating a cosmopolitan environment like no other on earth. The best of Indian culture is reflected in Little India. Here is our guide to the 10 best restaurants to try.

Lagnaa Barefoot Dining

Gourmets are invited for an exceptional Indian dining experience at Lagnaa. The homey aesthetics, with low tables and cushioned wooden floors, create a chilled and intimate atmosphere for patrons to mingle in while savouring delicious cuisine from both northern and southern India. Kaesavan, the founder and the master chef, is the backbone of the joint.  He makes all dishes to generous proportions, so you certainly won’t go hungry.
Address: Lagnaa Barefoot Dining, 6 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore, +65 6296 1215

Kashmir Restaurant

Kashmir perfectly illustrates Indian hospitality and culinary culture by the display of Kashmiri artifacts and mouth-watering dishes. Upon stepping into the restaurant, diners are greeted by the friendly smiles of the amiable staff, who introduce every dish on the menu and make recommendations. After settling, foodies follow Kashmir tradition and wash their hands in tashtri. The menu then offers an amazing array of authentic Kashimir and north Indian cuisine, including mutton roganjosh, chicken seekh kebbab and kashmiri puloa.
Address: Kashmir Restaurant, 52 Race Course Road, Singapore, +65 6293 6003

Komala Villas Restaurant

Dating back to 1947, Komala Villas has become a renowned Indian restaurant in Singapore, serving an assortment of south Indian and north Indian cuisine. Mr Murugiah Rajoo, the founder of the restaurant, is determined to deliver an authentic Indian dining experience to patrons. Aside from encapsulating the traditional taste of dishes from the sub-continent, his cuisine is served on banana leaves to follow the culture of the Tanjore District in Tamil Nadu.
Address: Komala Villas Restaurant, 76 Serangoon Road, Singapore, +65 6293 3664

Madras New Woodlands

This shabby-chic restaurant set on Upper Dickson Road is a famous breakfast spot populated by both locals and expats alike. The Indian wooden masks and paintings hanging on the rustic brick walls give the place an exotic ambiance. Walking into Madras New Woodlands is like entering an authentic Indian food shack. Featuring a wide selection of Indian cuisine, names like sambar vada, dhosas, upuma, vadai, masala dosa come up all the time.
Address: Madras New Woodlands,14 Upper Dickson Road, Singapore, +65 6297 1594

Khansama Tandoori Restaurant

The almost Gothic-style, black-and-red building with enormous Ganesha paintings that houses this restaurant catches the attention of travelers immediately. Decorated with ornate statues and antique collectibles, the gorgeous interior oozes the essence of Indian religion too. The menu offers savory, meat-free and non-vegetarian dishes alike, loaded with mutton roganjosh, chicken tikka masala and aloo jeera to name just a few.

Address: Khansama Tandoori Restaurant, 166 Serangoon Road,, Singapore, +65 6299 0300

The Banana Leaf Apollo

The Banana Leaf Apollo is one of the most famous restaurants in Little India, attracting numerous travelers every day. Visitors can easily spot the restaurant by the crowds clustering outside, all waiting for a bite of delightful Indian dishes. Featuring a massive collection of curries, such as prawn curry, chicken curry, vegetarian curry and, the house speciality, fish head curry, diners here are sure to be impressed.

Address: The Banana Leaf Apolo, 48 Serangoon Road, Singapore, +65 6297 1595

Pu Tien Restaurant

Originating in Pu Tien, a coastal town in Fujian surrounded by majestic mountains and unspoiled oceans, this restaurant boasts a wide selection of beautifully presented Chinese dishes. Diners will be surprised by the extensive menu, which offers the likes of bamboo herb prawns, iced abalone and sauteed sea snails. What’s more, the a la carte changes every season to ensure the freshest ingredients are used.

Address: Pu Tien Restaurant (Heng Hwa), 127-129 Kitchener Road, Singapore, +65 6295 6358

Kebabs ’n Curries

After a busy shopping trip in Mustafa Mall, head to the roof and boost energy levels at Kebabs ’n Curries. Gourmets can opt for the indoor area, dominated by glass and steel, portraying a sense of modernity, or the open-air wooden deck, with sweeping views of the neighborhood all around. The menu covers an amazing array of south Asian cuisines, from India to Pakistan, and diners can choose from a variety of curries and kebabs.

Address: Kebabs ’n Curries, 7th Floor, Mustafa Centre, 145 Syed Alwi Road, Singapore, +65 6419 0749

Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant

Swee Choon secures its 50 years longevity with authentic Hong Kong and Shanghai-style dim sum, made with the freshest seasonal ingredients possible. A wide range of renowned dim sums are covered in the menu, including xiao long bao, char siew bao and Portuguese egg tarts. The house speciality is mae sua kueh, which is deep fried vermicelli cake.

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Address: Swee Choon Dim Sum Restaurant, 185 – 191 Jalan Besar, Singapore, +65 6225 7788

Zsofi Tapas Bar

After meeting a lady named Zsofi during a backpacking trip, the owners here were impressed by her tapas so much that they opened their own joint in her honor. The mural paintings on the wall combine with colorful pillows dotted on the floor to create a laid back atmosphere for patrons to enjoy. Sangria and craft beer flow alongside signature tapas dishes, such as fried ham and cheese croquettes, chilli buffalo wings and homemade meatballs.It’s all very Spanish and very tasty.

Address: Zsofi Tapas Bar, 68 Dunlop Street, Singapore, +65 6297 5875