Ten years ago, the old Muthu’s Curry in Race Course Road (established in 1969) was one of our favourites. In 2004, it was modernised and – for Roy and me – lost some of its appeal.
Now there is The Muthu’s Flavors. In a complete departure from traditionally communal Indian dining, dishes are individually plated and the accompaniments are included, rather than ordered separately.
We, of course, did a bit of stretching and managed to share everything, starting with the pappadum bruschetta ($5.50), small pappadums topped with – well, what you’d find on a bruschetta, and morumoru vendaikai ($7.90), an addictive pile of crispy okra marinated in chilli and cumin, coated with gram flour, deep fried and served with three dips.
The generous signature tandoori chicken ($16.90) came with mint chutney, flavoured basmati rice, salad and pappadum “twisties”; the lamb rack ananas ($22.90) with pineapple slow-cooked in the tandoor, cheese naan, daal makhni and salad; and the big, succulent masala mussels ($16.90) in a romala roti “packet”.
From the usual list of Western and Indian drinks we settled for Kingfisher beer. Taste the innovative Coke Masala – you’ll either love it or loathe it. For dessert, try the velvety masala chai flan ($6.90) or beetroot halwa with ice cream ($7.90): interesting.
With high ceilings and cool, orange-splashed décor, this is an attractive place that’s striving to do something different. And by the time you read this, a second branch will have opened at 313@Somerset.
The Muthu’s Flavors is at Block 7, Dempsey Road.
Call +65 6474 5128.