Comprising approximately 7.4% of the native population, Singaporean Indians are the third largest ethnic group and their influence has certainly made an impact in the national cuisine. Since a sizeable majority of them are Tamils with ancestral ties to southern India and Sri Lanka, Indian food across restaurants in Singapore are often noticeably heavy with influences from these regions, although many of them have evolved to take on distinctly local characteristics, in response to the availability of ingredients and after decades of contact with other Singaporean cultures. Recent years have also seen a proliferation of northern Indian restaurants in Singapore, adding to the diversity of the already vibrant dining scene. Fancy a spice-filled adventure at your next meal? Then simply check out our list of Indian restaurants in Singapore and book ahead to give your taste buds an unforgettable treat!
Wake up to crispy prata – plain or with your choice of egg, cheese or even chocolate sauce – accompanied by a mug of frothy teh tarik (‘pulled tea’), a creation of Muslim-Indian drink vendors in the post-war era that is as rich in its flavour as it is in showmanship. For lunch, how about an Indian rojak with your choice of ingredients ranging in deep-fried potatoes, beancurd, eggs and seafood, dipped in a thick, spicy-sweet chili sauce? Invented by early Indian immigrants to cater to the Chinese community and a then-growing demand for variety, this dish is unique to the region and cannot be found in India. Finally, for those of us who can’t go without our daily staple of rice meals, a hearty biryani with chicken or mutton might just be the ideal way to round up a day of exploring Singaporean Indian restaurants in search of the best eats. How about getting a head start on your culinary expedition by reserving a table with us today?
Wander down Serangoon Road and through the myriad streets that connect it with Jalan Besar – Little India’s other main thoroughfare – and you’re sure to come across a high density of Indian restaurants ready to usher you in with some truly sensational bites. You’ll even find them hidden away in landmarks like Tekka Centre, Mustafa Centre and the Little India Arcade, complete with traditional Indian grocers, heady aromas and pulsating Hindi beats that present a colourful and lively contrast to many other parts of the city-state. The sheer number and spread of eateries in Little India might leave you spoilt for choice, but why not venture beyond the district to uncover other Indian restaurant gems in Singapore? From the East Coast to the West Coast, up north close to the border and even down in the southern offshore island of Sentosa, Singapore’s Indian restaurants are not only ubiquitous around the island; they’re a real delight to the senses and we can think of few things better than to rock up to one to indulge in the most sumptuous of feasts.
Now that we’ve gotten you all revved up, it’s time to shower you with our recommendations for Indian restaurants in Singapore. Situated on Rangoon Road in the heart of Little India, Taste of India offers an amazing variety of both northern and southern dishes at wallet-friendly prices, perfect for those who’d like to sample a little bit of everything. Just a stone’s throw away, the amiable crew at Lagnaa invite you to take your shoes off before you settle into the homely confines of the restaurant’s upper floor and tuck into authentic, masterful pieces which have bagged them a Michelin Bib Gourmand. Last but not least, if a delectable home-cooked vegetarian buffet with a unique pay-what-you-like concept sounds right up your alley, don’t miss out on Annalakshmi – a best-kept secret among Singapore’s plethora of Indian restaurants. Enjoy!