Best Fancy Indian Restaurants in Singapore

  • Best Fancy Indian Restaurants in Singapore Image: Rang Mahal

Special occasion needs special food and ambience. When it comes to Indian food in that fancy league, there are the service of Punjab Grill, Tiffin Room, Rang Mahal, and Ras, which can add flavour to your dining experience.

1. Punjab Grill

  • Punjab Grill Image: Punjab Grill

Highlights

  • From street food to fine dining: Jiggs Karla and his corporate chef, Ahamad, must be doing magical things in the kitchen as they re-invent Punjabi street food to befit haute cuisine. They use high quality ingredients and impeccable presentation combined with the chefs’ mastery of North Indian culinary. If you miss your street-food trips back in India, Golgappa platter (S$15) or the cheesy Palak Paneer (S$32) might make up for the time lost.
  • Set lunch menus for both vegetarians and carnivores: In any day of the week, you can have a complete Indian lunch meal at Punjab Grill. Weekday set lunch is supposed to power you to make it through the day and the weekend menu (i.e. kebab and biryani) feels like slowing down with your mates on a quiet Sunday afternoon. Inviting a business exec to lunch? Get the chef’s specials from soup, main course to sorbets through the Executive set lunch.
  • Best fine dining Indian restaurant for vegetarians: Singaporeans love their vegetable curries as well as the Indians. It isn’t surprising to find Sarson Ka Saag (signature spiced vegetable curry) here at Punjab Grill even. But what makes Punjab Grill stand out is its special kebab, biryani and lunch menu for vegetarians and non-vegetarians.
  • Indian food for all types of customers: The recipes are thoughtfully created for the Indian customers, but the dishes are mildly spiced for the Singaporeans; hitting two birds with one stone. This is why native Indians might find the food a bit bland as compared to the tasty and flavourful comments of the island’s locals.
  • Papadum is served before meal: As soon as you find comfort at your seat, a basket of rolled Papadum with three dips (i.e. mint, mango chutney, and yogurt) will be served to your table. It is a nice gesture that many customers highly appreciate since not all Indian restaurants in Singapore do this.

2. Tiffin Room Restaurant

  • Tiffin Room Restaurant Image: Tiffin Room Restaurant

Highlights

  • Indian Buffet Style: The buffet table showcases a large selection of North Indian dishes ranging from starters, main course, desserts to drinks. There’s buffet during lunch and dinner and Tiffin Room does rotate its menu frequently to allow guests to have a taste on a wide variety of traditional Indian dishes like curries, chutneys, naans, and kebabs.
  • Interesting salad dishes: The salads section of the buffet table looks very promising for any curious foodie. The featured dish is Beetroot Coconut ka Salad, made of beetroot chunks and fresh curry leaves drizzled with desiccated coconut, a unique food combination.
  • Extensive veg and non-veg curry menu: Eat curry to your heart’s content! From lamb, prawn, chicken to vegetarian curries, you will find your sweet spot in Tiffin Room. Chicken Makhanwala offers a good start for its juicy and tender meat soaked in thick tomato paste, fenugreek, and butter. Make sure to pair it with a hot naan. For strictly vegetarian dieters, curries like Khate Methe Baigan and mixed veggies might catch your attention.
  • Spiciness is toned-down: If you prefer mild flavours, you might find Tiffin’s rather bland taste on some of its Indian dishes favourable. Understandably though, Tiffin Room is visited by westerners mostly which makes the restaurant perfect for tourists who just want to have a taste of Indian cuisine in the most tolerable way possible.
  • Party like it’s the 1890’s: Being Raffles Hotel’s main dining hall, Tiffin Room has a long history that dates back to 1899 when curry was first served in the room. Celebrating your special occasions here would mean being a part of the hotel’s historicity. Imagine being surrounded by Indian food, polished cutleries, lamps, formal English dining setting, Indian waiters-in-white, and a harpist playing in the background as you go merry-making in a private dining room.

3. Rang Mahal

  • Rang Mahal Image: Rang Mahal

Highlights

  • One of the oldest Indian restaurants in Singapore: In service since 1971, Rang Mahal continues to delight guests with impeccable service and outstanding culinary experience. It is no surprise that it is a permanent fixture on the list of best Indian restaurants in Singapore.
  • Gourmet lunch buffet featuring a range of traditional Indian favourites: Enjoy a lavish spread of vegetarian and non-vegetarian tandoori specialities, curries and other regional delights. And a splendid bread bar and live cooking stations surely add that pop of excitement.
  • Impressive wine list with more than 300 labels from all over the world: An extensive selection of white and red wines is a remarkable feat for a non-Western restaurant.
  • Luxurious private dining room for special occasions: The exquisite private room has long dining table meant for 18 people (minimum spending of $1200+ for lunch and $1800+ for dinner). Want to relax after your scrumptious meal? Lounge in an outside patio area with a cup of tea to complete the luxurious experience.

4. Ras The Essence of India

  • Ras The Essence of India Image: Ras The Essence of India

Highlights

  • In the heart of Singapore’s tourist paradise: Ras is a culinary gem on historical riverside harbour, Clarke Quay – a vibrant destination to have great time with shops, restaurants, nightclubs and live music.
  • A great selection of succulent tandoori dishes and spicy curries: Enjoy the traditional char-grilled favourites such as chicken tikka masala, tandoori lamb and Amritsari fish. Rich curries are a sheer delight on the senses. There are amazing options for vegetarians.
  • More than traditional Indian cuisine: Besides the all-time favourites, relish unique flavours with dishes such as tandoori lobsters, tandoori prawns and kali mirchi ka chicken.
  • Sensational outdoor dining overlooking scenic Singapore river: Delicious Indian food served on a table by the bustling riverside. View the beautiful city skyline or watch the vibrant nightlife unfolding. Can it get better than that?

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