43 North Canal Road
Just a stone’s throw from Boat Quay, D’Bell offers diners the choice of eating in the glitzy restaurant downstairs, or having a cocktail in the lounge above, reached through a hidden door.
D’Bell is aimed at a relaxed fine-dining crowd, offering a lighter contemporary Indian cuisine (no ghee is used) combined with some decidedly Western flavours – blue cheese and smoked salmon are just two examples on the menu.
Dishes of particular note were the kofta kebab ($18), the beef croquettes filled with cheddar cheese and prunes and dusted with semolina, and the pleasantly spiced Tawa Wali fish cubes, glazed with coconut and curry leaf paste ($22). Our favourite curries were the mutton rogan josh ($20) and chicken tikka masala ($18). The meal finished with a mango kulfi, an Indian ice cream, which was delicious and, again, not overly heavy.