The Place If you haven’t been to Muthu’s Curry, go now! Just a few years shy of celebrating their golden jubilee with Singapore, Muthu’s Curry has been serving southern Indian cuisine since 1969 and will be looking to celebrate their 46th birthday this year! They have also revamped their flagship restaurant at Race Course Road recently into a Chettinad-inspired homes and palaces – incidentally, where its founder came from.
The Food While we always celebrate the diversity and myriad traditions of our little island, we find there’s no better way than to indulge in this through food. From now to 31st Oct 2015, Muthu’s Curry is introducing the Mannuvasanai Menu ($32 for 2 pax), where five authentic traditional Chettinad-style dishes are prepared and served.
Vazhathandu Kootu – At the far end of the picture, this banana shoots dish serve as an awesome appetizer to kick of the meal. Mixed with dal and coconut milk, you will be pleasantly surprised by how much you actually liked it, even after you have moved on to the other mains, I bet you will come back for more of it!
Vendaikkai and Mochai Mandi – Foreground. This Lady’s Fingers side with cannellini (white kidney beans) ain’t my favourite – simply because I am not a fan of Lady’s Fingers. Having said that, I did hear proclamations made by fellow diners that this was good. And so, I leave you to judge this.
Vazhakkai Varruval – Clockwise from Vazhattandu Kootu. This has got to be the most interesting dish here, fried unripened bananas and tasting like healthy potato wedges! Marinated with turmeric and chilli, lightly battered and shallow-fried, this is apparently a traditional finger food at many Chettinad households. Love the crisp of the fried bananas here, just drizzle any of the curry paste on this if you find it too dry, and have it with the rice.
Milagu Varutha Kozhi – Above the Vendaikkai. We definitely had this before, basically Peppery Masala Chicken, which went down well with the rice. Rather tender meats, we were told that the simmering process took about an hour.
Vanjaram Meen Kulambu – Last dish in picture, this fish (mackerel) curry was slightly on the spicy end for me (pardon my low threshold for spices). Would be great if the fish was fresher, but the curry (turmeric, garlic, ginger, shallots, tomatoes & green chilli) makes an excellent pairing with the rice.
You cannot visit Muthu’s Curry without trying their famous Fish Head Curry (from $22). This is the birthplace of Fish Head Curry, and we do have to pay pilgrimage, don’t we? Unlike many other places serving this dish in Singapore, Muthu’s version sticks to the use of traditional Indian spices giving it a very different aroma. Fragrant, fresh fish, manageable spiciness, and the myraid of other ingredients in this hotpot, makes it amongst the best I have had in a long while. Make sure you order one of this when you next visit Muthu’s, or rather, make sure you visit Muthu’s to have this soon!
Rants It can get very busy here at Muthu’s, while it may not be an ideal restaurant for a romantic dinner, it sure fits any other occasions you can imagine.
Will I Return Again? I first had Muthu’s Curry last year at their Dempsey branch and was very surprised by their standards. And when Muthu’s invited us down for a tasting of the Mannuvasanai Menu, I wasted no time and agreed immediately. I do not profess to be an expert of Indian cuisine, but for now, Muthu’s remain my top choice whenever I have any cravings for Indian food. Nuff said.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
138 Race Course Road #01-01
Tel: +65 6392 1722
Daily 10.30am – 10.30pm
Other branches at Suntec City and Dempsey
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