North Indian in Singapore – Maharaja at Boat Quay

  • Restaurant:  Maharajah
  • Location: Boat Quay, Singapore
  • Cost: 122 Singapore $ circa £60 (including beers and a Lassi)
  • Service: 8.5
  • Food Rating: 8.5
  • Overall Jelly Good Food Rating: 7.5

So you would think that after flying for 18 hours to Singapore, we would rush out to try some local Singaporean seafood.  Instead however our first meal there turned out to be North Indian curry.  Strolling down Boat Quay around 9pm, the area is packed with mediocre looking restaurants, tacky bars, drunken tourists and some surprisingly well behaved locals too.  Starving after a poor airplane breakfast we knew we had to get decisive instead of our usual 2 hour decision making process.  Jonathan showed great resolve and demanded indian  so we we found ourselves in the Maharajah - perfectly normal/touristy/lit up menu with pictures kind of place, i.e. not classy or modern of fine in any way but looks capable of serving up a full plate of good food.

It wasn’t busy and the food came quickly as did ice cold Tiger beers.

We ordered:

Vegetable Pakoras, Prawn Masala, Chicken Tikka Masala, Kashmiri Rice (Pilau Rice with dried fruit), Peshwari Nan.

I have to say the food and service were both brilliant.  One of the best curries I have ever had and in Jon’s opinion, in London the only place to serve this level of indian yumminess is the mega pricey and michelin starred Moti Mahal (their starters are circa £20, side dishes £10 etc).  Anyway, the Maharajah’s  pakoras came perfectly spiced i.e. strong spice but still taste the flavour of all other ingredients.  The other curries tasted distinctive and flavorful  - chicken perfectly marinated, prawns perfectly tender, the nan very nutty and not too sweet.

I resented the fact that I  got too full on the popadoms to get through my curry.  The only reason this restaurant doesnt get 10 points from us is that the bill was a little bit pricier than we would have hoped for this type of “off the street-in touristy area.”

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