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Raffles Hotel Tiffin Room–Delicious Indian Buffet

I have stepped into Raffles Arcade countless times, but not so the actual interiors of the illustrious Raffles Hotel. So it was without hesitation that I accepted an invitation to check out the Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel. The Tiffin Room serves a North Indian buffet, including vegetarian curries for non-meat eaters. Interestingly, Raffles Hotel’s afternoon tea service is also served at the Tiffin Room and not somewhere else.  Did you know that Raffle’s Hotel Tiffin Room was officially named so way back in 1976?

I’d been to Tiffin Room once with my parents, many years ago, could probably have been a decade ago! I remembered it to be a posh place with lots of delicious curries to choose from and I found it difficult to try every single curry because everything was so delicious and there was just no more space in the stomach! Well, nothing much has changed a decade later, it’s like stepping back in time when I revisited the Tiffin Room a few weeks ago.

Tiffin Room

Curries and other Indian dishes are still the stronghold here, and aside from the salad and cheese bar, don’t be expecting other types of cuisine here. That’s not a problem for me because I love Indian food, but if you don’t, I’d say go with an open mind and you might just be delighted.

Tiffin Room -Kalmi Kebab (Tandoor Baked Boneless Chicken Flavored with Cinnamon Stick and Bay Leaf)

Kalmi Kebab (Tandoor Baked Boneless Chicken Flavored with Cinnamon Stick and Bay Leaf)

One of my favourite dishes of the evening as the chicken drumsticks were succulent and really tender with just a bit of charred taste.

Tiffin Room - Murg Makhanwala (Butter Chicken in Smooth Tomato Sauce)

Murg Makhanwala (Butter Chicken in Smooth Tomato Sauce)

I must say all the curries I tasted were fantastic. Even if you just had the curry itself without the ingredients, I could have finished half a plate of rice just with that.

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D’Bell – Stylish Indian restaurant in the CBD

D’Bell, a contemporary Indian-inspired restaurant and bar located in the heart of Singapore’s trendy North Canal Road has opened its doors. Diners can look forward to a chic and modern dining experience of light Indian-influenced offerings and classic cocktails amidst D’Bell’s stylish and luxe interiors.

I must say, my 1st impression of D’Bell was that it struck me more as an upmarket Western restaurant as most Indian restaurants that I am used to are rather traditional looking or casual looking. Prices seem quite reasonable in comparison to the other Indian restaurants.


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British Indian @ 1 Shenton Way

**British Indian has changed its name to Anglo Indian**

It’s no secret that I love exploring the sights and sounds of Shenton Way. Working here may be dreary, but visiting Shenton Way as a tourist sure is fun. I highly recommend taking a stroll along this part of Singapore, if you don’t already work here. Even if you do, come here during off peak hours and you might spy a side of Shenton Way you never knew existed.

Since it was my day off yesterday, I took the opportunity to pose as a tourist. It sure helps to wear casual clothes and tot a fat ass camera amongst the suit and tie types. The One Shenton Way Building has a number of new eateries to offer. Yup, that’s the gold coloured building which can be seen from the ECP. To think that just a few years ago, this place was so run down you wouldn’t think twice about going there. I should know, I used to work opposite One Shenton Way!

British Indian - Seating Area

We walked past The Bank (yes it is a restaurant), past Sumo Salad, past Jewel Coffee and finally stopped at this most charming restaurant called British Indian Cafe & Bar. Even though I’d originally set out to find a nice sandwich place, British Indian really caught my eye. Prices looked pretty affordable so we sat down for lunch.

British Indian - Chicken, Mutton, Daal and Fish Curry

They offer set lunches Monday to Friday from about 11 – 2.30pm. For $12, you can get choose a meat or vegetarian curry of the day plus daal, salad, naan and rice. For $15, you can choose 2 curries (no daal) plus salad, naan, rice and also a dessert. It was 2.35pm but the staff gladly obliged to extend the set lunch offer to us.

Turns out that there were only 3 curries of the day so it was a great idea to get 1 $12 set lunch and 1 $15 set lunch. That way, we got to sample all 3 curries in addition to the daal, without having to repeat any dish.

Picture above shows Chicken curry, Mutton Curry, Daal and Fish Curry from left to right.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch

The highlight of the entire meal has got to be the fish curry. The curry was so tasty! It was light, with a tomato based flavour and was of just the right spiciness for me. The fish slices were so tender and I wished there was more of it! Between the 2 of us, we mopped up the entire dish and I very nearly wanted to lick the bowl clean as well.

British Indian - Two Meat curry set lunch (2)

The mutton curry was also very tasty, and heavier than the fish curry. There were huge bits of mutton in the dish, more than the fish slices I feel. Curry went really well with the rice as well as the naan. Only grouse was that the mutton curry was a bit too spicy for me or I would also have finished the entire bowl.

The daal and the chicken curry were unfortunately just average when compared with the fish and mutton curry. Didn’t really like the buttery chicken curry.

British Indian - The Salad

This was the salad that came with the set. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen macaroni served in an Indian meal before. I’d much rather they provide a cucumber raita, I love those!

Is it just me or do you find that a macaroni salad seems oddly western for an Indian restaurant. Then again, they do call themselves British Indian. In fact, the next time I’m here, I’m going to order the British Connection (aka fish and chips). Comes with madras curry sauce. Fish and Chips with curry sauce will be a first for me in Singapore and I’m actually really looking forward to having that.

British Indian - Naan

Four slices of naan were served along with the meal, in addition to the steamed rice. I love it that I don’t have to choose between rice or naan because the fact is that I love both! The naan and the rice served here were fragrant and tasty. No complaints at all.

British Indian - Gulub Jamun (2)

And last but not least, the Gulab Jamun dessert. Gulab Jamun is a dough made of milk solids and flour, deep fried and dunked in a rose and spice flavoured syrup. I think a lot of people may find this dessert too sweet, but I think it’s absolutely delicious! I can’t say that I’ve eaten many versions of Gulab Jamun so I can’t tell if this is the best or near the best, but whatever the case, I thoroughly enjoyed the dessert. To the extent that I really wanted to order some more! Delicious, mmmmm!!!

British Indian - Gulub Jamun

Why is it so tiny?!?!

British Indian - Seating Area (3)-horz

Love the big open space dining concept. You can also sit in the air-conditioned restaurant, but no one did so for obvious reasons. Love it that it was a cloudy and drizzly day yesterday, it just made me feel like I wasn’t even in Singapore! British Indian is right opposite the Singapore Stock Exchange. Can you see the reflection of One Shenton on the facade of SGX?

Jewel coffee (2)

And after your curry, you can hop on to Jewel Coffee for the mandatory afternoon cuppa. Coffees aren’t cheap in Shenton Way! A flat white will set you back $5.50! I’d forgotten how expensive things are in the central business district!

The Bank (2)

You could rob The Bank, but alas, it isn’t open yet.

Seriously, how cute is that??? I wonder if the owners were former bankers.

For a full list of restaurant and cafe reviews, click here.

British Indian Cafe & Bar

1 Shenton Way, #01-08, Singapore 068803

Tel/Fax : +65 6636-9410


ICC Cricket World Cup Finals

After our cuppa along Tanjong Katong Road, we took a short stroll and chanced upon a huge group of people crowded outside a restaurant. I had an inkling what it might be and I was right. These people were standing outside Tadka Indian Kitchen, and there was a flatscreen TV showing the Cricket World Cup Finals in there.

My father just couldn’t resist it and had to take a photo. The cricket fans were all game for a photo too and some of them even waved and clapped for the photo! I just love it the way sports fans are willing to rough it out just to catch their favourite game on TV. It’s definitely much more atmospheric watching sports in a group. Some might say that standing out here is more fun than watching it cooped up at home alone!

Tadka Indian KitchenTadka Indian Kitchen (2)

There’s kind of like a rich poor divide going on here. Those who can afford it sit inside the air-conditioned restaurant, while those who can’t, buy a beer from the 7-11 next door. Actually, I think nobody was drinking beer at all. Unlike the rowdy scenes along One Fullerton, Clarke Quay and Robertson Quay for the Football World Cup, everyone here really was pretty orderly!

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