Craving for some delectable masala chicken, crispy dosa or perhaps a set rice meal consisting of meat, vegetables and chutney? Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch or dinner, here are the Top 10 South Indian Restaurants in Singapore, perfect for any meal of the day!
1) Samy’s Curry
This family-run restaurant has been around since the 60s, offering the best of both worlds with South Indian and North Indian cuisines. For the former, some of their must-order dishes include Fish Head Curry, Masala Chicken and Mysore Mutton — all of which are best served with their aromatic briyani or white rice on a banana leaf. Don’t forget to complement your meal with a refreshing glass of Mango Lassi or lime juice.
2) Murugan Idli
The name of this restaurant says it all — they specialise in idlis or commonly known as steamed rice cakes, which are served with four chutneys. You can also find other famous South Indian breakfast staples such as Pongal and Onion Uttappam. Come lunchtime from 11 am to 3 pm, they serve various banana leaf rice dishes, namely Lemon Rice, Tamarind Rice and Tomato Rice.
3) Saravanaa Bhavan
If you fancy some authentic South Indian vegetarian dishes, consider making a trip to Saravanaa Bhavan. Expect an extensive menu, covering hearty breakfast meals like idlis and dosas to their delectable lunch meal sets. You can also go for their a la carte varieties such as Vegetable Briyani and Mushroom Fried Rice. And if you happen to be a small eater, try their Mini Tiffin where you can sample the likes of mini masala dosa, Rava Kesari and mini idlis.
4) Komalas Restaurants
When we think of fast food, common dishes like burgers and fries often come to mind. Now, imagine that but have them replaced with North and South Indian dishes instead — all served in fast-food style. Opt for their wallet-friendly varieties such as Combo Meals (e.g. Mysore Masala, Vadai) and Value Meals (e.g. South Indian Meal), where both of them come with a soft drink. You can choose to dine at Komala’s in one of these Singapore locations or call their delivery service at +(65) 6444 0444.
5) MTR – Mavalli Tiffin Rooms
This Bangalore-based MTR (Mavalli Tiffin Rooms) has an illustrious history of serving South Indian comfort food, stretching way back to 1924. Their specialities include their popular Rava Idli (steamed semolina cakes made with yoghurt, coriander, cashew nuts, curry leaves & mustard seeds) and Chandrahara, a deep-fried maida flour-based dessert topped with sweet khoa liquid. Complete your meal with a cup of freshly-roasted Pure Filter Coffee.
6) Anjappar Singapore
For over 50 years, this legendary Chennai-based restaurant is no stranger to serving authentic Chettinad cuisine. Start off with their tummy-warming range of Chettinad-style soup such as Mutton Bone Soup or Crab Soup. They have appetisers as well, namely Anjappar Fried Chicken (available in half or full) and Fish 65 (marinated deep-fried fish cubes). When it comes to main dishes, opt for their signature Dum Briyani varieties regardless of meat (e.g. Mutton/Chicken Briyani), seafood (e.g. Fish/Prawn Briyani) or vegetarian (Paneer/Vegetable Briyani). Alternatively, you might want to try their recommended Anjappar Popular Meals — a set dish consisting of white rice and over 10 different items such as Chettinad chicken masala and chapatti.
7) SPICE JUNCTION, THE TASTE OF KERALA
Just like the name suggests, Spice Junction specialises in authentic Kerala-style cuisine. Some of the meals from their menu include Kerala Parotta, Roasted Mutton Peralan and Chilli Chicken Dry. Seafood lovers can look forward to dishes like Kerala Fried Prawns, Squid Pepper Fry and Prawn Mango Curry. They also have wholesome briyani dishes such as Roasted Chicken Biryani and Malabar Mutton Briyani. If you choose to dine during lunchtime, you can opt for either Kerala Vegetarian or Fish Curry Set Meal.
8) Pavilion Banana Leaf
Pavilion Banana Leaf is where you can enjoy authentic South Indian cuisine in a casual dining environment. They have both a la carte and set varieties, with the latter consisting of either set meals (Vegetarian/Non-Vegetarian) or set tiffins (e.g. Appam Vegetable Kurma, Kal Thosai Fish Curry Set and Idli Mutton Curry Set). For the former, their main dishes cover everything from seafood (Prawn Thokku Masala, Mackerel Curry) to meat (Chettinad Mutton Curry, Pepper Chicken Masala) and vegetarian curries (Chettinad Sambar/Vegetable White Korma). Apart from the dine-in option, they also provide delivery services islandwide.
Serving both North and South Indian cuisines, Amaravati promises a wide array of dishes that honours the traditional cooking method. Come for their signature Andhra Curry, where you can go for chicken or mutton varieties. They have other dishes such as Mysore Mutton, Chilli Fish and various vegetarian & non-vegetarian briyanis. Finally, wash it all down with a cup of aromatic Masala Tea or go for the sweet Mango Lassi. For reservations, simply book a table right here.
10) Annalakshmi Restaurant
Here’s a restaurant that utilises a unique concept of “Eat as you want, give as you feel”. That means you can enjoy their food and pay whatever amount you prefer since their menu has no fixed price. Too good to be true? Apparently, Annalakshmi is more of a charitable dining place that is mostly managed by volunteer staff. Dishes are served in a home-cooked style, covering everything from North and South Indian appetisers to curries and briyanis.
That’s not all! More Top 10s in Singapore are waiting to be discovered!
The compilation of this list was made from accumulation of Public Votes at TallyPress.com.