Little India Restaurants

Where and What to Eat in Little India

The sights, sounds, colours and aromas of this ethnic Indian enclave never fail to assail the senses. Wandering around the grocers and provision shops, one can get an idea of the exotic ingredients used in this cuisine – from spices, curry mixes to variations of gourds, lentils and beans. As the focal point of the Indian community, it bustles with Indian restaurants representing various states of the sub-continent.

From the vegetarian thosai (savoury pancake) to the Northern Indian tandoori restaurants, there is no end of tantalizing the palates. One very popular dish to try is the fish head curry served in the Southern Indian restaurants consisting of a red snapper head cooked in a curry with okra or brinjal, and served with rice. Wash this down with a glass of beer or lassi, a yoghurt-based drink. The banana leaf is often used to line individual platters in many Southern Indian restaurants as it is believed that this will impart a special flavor and adds a nice decorative ethnic touch. Biryani dishes are also found here and these consist of basmati rice cooked in a myriad of spices and condiments with chicken, fish or mutton.

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Chomp Chomp Hawker Centre

Chomp Chomp Hawker Centre only opens in the evenings, but it’s often packed with late-night diners enjoying a wide range of affordable Asian dishes. The food court is also called Serangoon Gardens Food Centre, and has dozens of stalls cooking up hawker fare such as grilled stingray, barbecued chicken wings, spring rolls, noodles, and satay right in front of you.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 6pm until late
  • Address: 20 Kensington Park Road, Singapore 557269
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Gayatri offers an extensive menu of traditional Northern and Southern Indian cuisine, along with a modern dining venue with rattan chairs, colourful wall art, and air conditioning. It also has an open kitchen concept, where you can catch chefs in action, tossing paratha up the air or cooking fluffy naan using a tandoor oven. Unlike many Indian restaurants in Little India, Gayatri offers alcoholic drinks such as wines, bottled and draft beer from S$17.50 upwards.

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 11am to 10.30pm
  • Address: 122 Race Course Road, #01-01, Singapore 218583
  • Tel: +65 6291 1011
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Muthu's Curry

Muthu's Curry has been attracting locals and tourists with its signature fish head curry since 1969. This long-running curry house has 3 outlets, including one near the National Museum of Singapore and another close to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. On weekends, Muthu’s Curry offers Hyderabadi Dum and Nattu Kozhi biryani – long grain Basmati rice cooked in fresh ground spices with slow cooked lamb or chicken. 

  • Opening Hours: Daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm
  • Address: 138 Race Course Road, Singapore 218583
  • Tel: +65 6392 1722
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Swee Choon Tim Sum Restaurant

Swee Choon stands out from most dim sum joints in Singapore, as it’s one of the few places that opens until 6am. As dim sum is traditionally eaten for breakfast or brunch, the restaurant is a popular spot for supper crowds and clubbers looking to refuel after a night out. A full range of steamed, baked and fried dim sum are available, mostly of which cost around S$2. 

Standouts include char siew bao (BBQ pork buns), steamed salted egg yolk custard bun, lotus paste bun, and har kow (shrimp dumplings). Swee Choon also serves noodles and rice dishes if you’re looking for something more filling, but its extensive dim sum offerings are not to be missed. 

  • Opening Hours: Wednesday–Mondays from 11am to 2.30pm and from 6pm to 6am (closed on Tuesdays)
  • Address: 191 Jalan Besar, Singapore 208882
  • Tel: +65 6225 7788
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