Little India is a buzzing historic area that shows off the best of Singapore’s Indian community from vibrant culture to incredible shopping.
There’s plenty to see, do and of course eat within Little India.
In this bustling ethnic enclave, you’ll find everything from French food to tapas, right next to traditional Indian restaurants and stores. Tantalise your taste buds, with this list of restaurants and eateries to visit.
Flavours of India
Get to explore the diverse regional cuisines of India, within Little India in Singapore.
Start with Mustard, which specialises in Bengali and Punjabi cuisines from the eastern and northern states in India. Punjabi food tends to be distinctively rich and buttery while Bengali flavours are fiery yet subtle. Must-tries include prawn malai curry, amritsari machhi (deep-fried fish covered with chickpea batter).
Next, sample more North Indian dishes such as naans and chapatis at Jaggi’s Northern Indian Cuisine. Pair these flatbreads with butter chicken and other delicious gravy dips. Tip: dining in a large group helps, so that you’ll get to sample a bit of everything on the menu.
Can’t decide between North or South Indian cuisines? Visit Banana Leaf Apolo, a popular restaurant that serves dishes from both regions of India. True to its name, patrons savour food off banana leaves at this restaurant. Must-try items include the restaurant’s famed fish head curry, chicken masala (spicy yoghurt-based gravy) and tandoori chicken.
South Indian eatery and catering chain Komala Vilas is another hot favourite. Its Serangoon Road outlet was visited by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2015, while he was in Singapore. Popular dishes include the dosai (fermented rice and lentil crepe) and vadai (fried fritters). While you’re there, be sure to visit its sweets store nearby at 82 Serangoon Road, to sample the traditional desserts.
Head over to Khansama Tandoori Restaurant, to dine al fresco on a balmy evening. Our top picks include tandoori chicken (chicken roasted with yogurt and spices) and naans (flat breads). This two-storey North Indian restaurant has an air-conditioned section too, which offers a cooling respite from the heat and fiery curries.
If you’re on the hunt for vegetarian dishes, head to Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant, which serves an eclectic mix of Singaporean, Thai as well as North and South Indian cuisines. Find nearly a hundred options ranging from starters like samosas (fried pastries) and palak paneer (cottage cheese cubes in a spinach gravy).
An international foodie tour
Beyond the authentic Indian-style restaurants, there are international options too.
Try the Indian-Chinese fusion cuisine at Sakunthala Food Palace, for unusual dishes you might not find anywhere else in Singapore. Our favourites include the ever-popular fish head curry, as well as unexpected finds like seafood naan (flatbread stuffed with seafood).
For homely French-style comfort food, try Cocotte, a restaurant-bar at the Wanderlust Hotel on Dickson Road. Try beef bourguignon (braised beef stew) and poulet roti (roast chicken), and top off your meal with a fine selection of cheese or sweets like crepe suzettes – crepes flambéed with orange-flavoured liqueur.
To experience a menu inspired by Californian and Singaporean flavours, Morsels at Mayo Street is a great choice. Run by a Singapore chef couple, the restaurant does Western style dishes infused with local flavours and Japanese style cuisine. Must-tries include the restaurant’s popular squid ink risotto, which is drizzled with salted egg yolk sauce.
For late-night snacks, our recommendation is Zsofi Tapas Bar at Dunlop Street. This popular bar offers a free portion of tapas (Spanish-style appetisers) to go with each drink that you order. Unwind with a tipple on the cosy rooftop spot after a day of exploring the sights and sounds of Little India with your fellow travellers.
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