Singapore's no slouch when it comes to world-class Indian food, so the competition between restaurants here is tough. Our top chefs really bring it on in the curry department, so roll up your sleeves and get ready to dig in. Here are five of our absolute favourites.
Table by Rang Mahal
Table by Rang Mahal offers a healthy twist on North Indian street fare. An offshoot of the super-swanky Rang Mahal, the restaurant excels in crafting classic curries using fresh ingredients. Try the Bengali fish masala, which gives tender sea bass a mustardy kick in the pants. Kebabs are also grilled to perfection, whether you're in the mood for tiger prawns or tandoori mushrooms. And if you've never tried Indian pizza, this is the place to give it a go. The chilli cheese kulzza is a scrumptious bit of flatbread all jazzed up with yellow cheddar, coriander and chilli. It's light and airy – just perfect for scooping up every last drop of a prawn curry.
Dine like a maharaja from the comfort of your own home when you order from Shahi Maharani. This popular lunchtime destination showcases the flavours of Northern India, from fresh paneer cheese to saffron tea. Vegetarians and meat-lovers alike are well catered for here. Order from the 'Shah Jahan's Royal Tandoor' section of the menu to enjoy dishes cooked in the ancient tandoor method. Chicken, tiger prawns or vegetables are fired up in a traditional clay oven, heated with burning charcoal at its base. It's a truly regal experience.
Housed in stylish digs, Zaffron Kitchen is ready to take you on a whirlwind tour of modern Indian fare. The biryani is out of this world, dished up with aromatic basmati rice. You can choose from tender lamb, chicken or a vegetarian version made with green peas and cauliflower. Don't pass on the starters, particularly the chat masala fries with homemade chutneys or spicy samosas. If the heat's getting to your head, cool down with a creamy lassi. Zaffron offers an impressive lassi menu, whether you like them sweet, salted or fruity.
A real legend of Singapore's food scene, Muthu's Curry draws crowds from far and wide for its iconic dish. Muthu's fish head curry has been bringing tears to diners' eyes since 1969, when Muthu Ayyakkannu opened up his eatery in a small stall on Little India's Race Course Road. The competition for best fish head curry in Singapore is cutthroat, but there's never been any doubt that Muthu's version takes the top prize. With tamarind, pineapple and okra in a rich gravy, there's nothing quite like it. Dig in with your fingers and enjoy this authentic treat. If you're not feeling the restaurant's signature dish, there are plenty of other options from vegetarian curries to butter chicken.
Between the drool-worthy crab masala and luscious mango curry, Tandoor is quite the temptress. This classy Indian joint has been a Singapore mainstay since 1985, drawing visitors from far and wide to its Holiday Inn location. You'll find specialties from Goa to Punjab on offer here, all simply presented to let the food tell its own story. Start your meal with a delicately spiced soup, whether you prefer traditional Mulligatawny or fresh basil and tomato. After stuffing yourself silly with tikkas, vindaloos and curries, save a bit of room for dessert. The gulkand rasmalai dumplings are ridiculously moreish, with hints of cardamom and rose.