Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cost of lunch or dinner in Singapore ?

I have been thinking about writing a detailed post on many things. But somehow I thought lets start with something simple to share with everybody. Specially with my Indian friends as they are my top readers in last one month!.

If you are looking for Indian food for lunch or dinner in Singapore, they are ample choices available Island Wide(pretty word used by all business people!). So whether you are a tourist or person living here, finding Indian food is not tough. Most of the places near offices are there, you will find some food court(A place where all food stalls are located) which serves Indian or Indian type(whats that?!) food. Keep looking for names like Komala's, Jaggi's, Sarvana Bhavan, Pangaat or similar sounding Indian name!.

Also look for Indian Muslim Shops who offer Roti Prata!. This is something Unique to Singapore and many people like it.

Now time for the cost. The cost of the food is depending on where you eat. Most of the places the South Indian dishes cost around $5 to $8 depends on what you eat. A simple south indian meal which has Rice, Daal(Some call it Dhaal in Singapore!), Veg Curry, Chapati and some Indian pickle will cost you around $6+ at Komala's or Sarvana Bhavan. If you are looking for North Indian food, I have tried Jaggi's at 2-3 outlets and food is always good and consistent in quality.If you are fond of some sweets you can get Gulab Jamun for $1 or $3 depends on quantity!. You like Aloo Paratha or some other stuff paratha, you get that too!. You can order Paratha Set which consists of 2 stuff paratha's, one curry, yoghurt and some pickle for $6 or $7.

All the costs which I gave above are for the food stalls you see in Food courts or typical Indian food places. Most of the time you will be fine with less than $10 bill for Indian Food. If you are paying more than $20 for Indian Food in Singapore either you are in some mall like Vivo City or at Orchard where the ambiance is what making the food costly!. So decide what you want ..Self-Service Food Stall with good food or leisurely dinner at Orchard Road or Boat Quay!

About western food it is around $8-$10 depending on area. I have been to couple of Mexican places were it would cost around $20+ per person.

Now which is the best place to eat Indian Food for dinner ?

My favorites are :
  • Anjappar at Race Course Lane, Little India
  • Bombay Cafe @ Suntec
  • Jaggi's @ Tanjong Pagar Complex
  • Chutney @ Orchard Road
  • Rang Mahal @ Pan Pacific - btw the lunch buffet here costs only $40! - I would recommend as you are getting authentic Indian Food with 5* ambiance here.
My favorite place for eating South Indian food is Murugan Idli Shop @ Syed Alwi Road.

Some Tips
  • Ask your friend to recommend you a restuarant before heading for a 30-45 minute commute to have a great dinner!
  • Expensive food is not necessarily will be having great quality
  • Do not compare taste which you still have in memory from India!...unles you are in Rang Mahal @ Pan Pacific!
  • Generally there is no Tipping in Singapore as most of the restuarants will add the service charge in the bill. If you still like the food you are most welcome !
  • Avoid going to Food Courts late in the night(Food do not taste that fresh) or at peak times(12-1pm) in the afternoon. You will be spending most of the time in finding place for sitting!
Hope this helps!

cheers
Sandeep

3 comments:

HDB Window Grilles said...

The best part of Indian food in Singapore is, you can find it in most corner of the island :)

Vidooshak said...

You can find Indian food in Singapore but finding good north Indian food in Bangalore is a challenge!

Unless your idea of North Indian meals includes a thick maida roti, tomato soup and vanilla ice-cream. Hahaha!!

Nice, delicious post. When are you restarting?

praveen said...

Hey sandeep thank you for the information.