I am not cutting my umbilical cord to Chinese food, but with impressive succulent surfeit of spices, some Indian vegetarian cuisine are also good. Sauntering around Little India, I’ve come across this humble food house, a quiet enclave perpendicular to the busy Serangoon road, while in active pursuit of pure vegetarian restaurants yesterday.
Their menu lists Indian snacks having different flavors of pratta, rava, uthappam, dosa and other sweets. I’m not well-versed with any of these but I felt the urge to try masala dosa (because it sounds good), a staple food in the South Indian region.
Address: 5 Hindoo Road, #01-01 Singapore
Contact Number: 63417552
Opening Hours: 11:30am–3:30pm, 5:30pm–11pm daily
Nearest MRT: Little India
How to Go: From the MRT, walk past Tekka Centre and straight ahead you’ll have your nearest landmark: Broadway Hotel. Cross the street and there’ll you find the restaurant on your left.
Food I Ordered: Masala Dosa
Chennai Dosa can be like a resting / chill-out place. Why’d I say? The person on the table opposite me never ordered any food from the time I came in until I left. He talked to somebody on the phone, hanged the mobile phone up, waited for a while, drank [free] water and just sat, waited there and acted like he had time aplenty to be stashed away. Oh, well, the other two people seated next to me also just talked relentlessly without ordering anything. The waiter did not bother them at all.
The waiter was very friendly and productive. Though it was like a one man show for him (he was the one preparing the food, taking the orders and payments in the restaurant that can accommodate 40 people), he was able to present good service, powered probably by his passion to create something outstanding for the guests. When I asked him to pack the leftover food, he asked with a smile, “Why? Unable to eat?” I was embarrassed because he might think that I didn’t like their food but the truth was that I was full to the max. I gave out my honest reason and he said okay.
Dosa is a fermented crepe or pancake made from pureed rice batter and black lentils. In India, it is a common breakfast dish and street food. It’s rich in carbohydrates, with no salt, sugar, saturated fats and gluten content. The crust was crispy and the filling was stuffed with mashed potatoes which are bland in taste. I had to dip portions of it to the sauces: coconut chutney, curry and muddha pappu. Overall, the dish was decent and satisfactory but by no means transcendental. Because of its novelty, their masala dosa can be a good starter course for those who want to try Indian food.
A little bit of trivia: Masala dosa was listed at number 49 on the World’s 50 most delicious food compiled by CNN Go in 2011.
Price for Value: ★★★★★
I paid S$2.60 without service charge. The meal was more than adequate for my stomach to contain for a snack, so I give this full marks. My instinct was right when I decided to go into their restaurant all along.