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Restaurant Review: The Muthu’s Flavors at Dempsey in Singapore

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.