Banana Leaf Apolo
Banana Leaf Apolo is a household name among Singaporeans, going as far as inspiring a number of clones seen elsewhere bearing similar store names. Their claim to fame lies in their curries, with a whole bevvy worth of different meat and vegetable options. Their popular dish is the renowned fish head curry, a savoury stew that is literally bursting with flavours in the most artful way. Be warned though because the place is usually packed so you might have to wait to get a seat.
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant
Ananda Bhavan Restaurant is one of the longest running vegetarian restaurants in Singapore. Founded in 1924, there are around 6 outlets across the city, including one at Changi Aiport’s Terminal 2. Special set menus start from S$7, standouts include the biryani set, rasam (South Indian soup), and onion masala dosa (savoury Indian pancake).
Though essentially a Punjabi restaurant, Jaggi is also has North Indian and other neighbouring cuisines on offer, giving you the chance to try a diverse range of flavours. The chefs here are equally highly skilled and knowledgeable about the wide range of items they prepare. The restaurant has maintained a distinctive reputation for serving high-quality and authentic fare, offering one of the friendliest services you can find in Little India.
Muthu's Curry has been attracting locals and tourists with its signature fish head curry since 1969. This long-running curry house has 3 outlets, including one near the National Museum of Singapore and another close to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. On weekends, Muthu’s Curry offers Hyderabadi Dum and Nattu Kozhi biryani, long grain Basmati rice cooked in fresh ground spices with slow cooked lamb or chicken.
Ghandi Restaurant has been a favourite for those familiar with Little India. If digging into a messy plate of “cai fan” (mix vegetables rice) or nasi padang helps you attain nirvana, if only for a moment, Ghandi Restaurant will do the same but keep you there longer.
This list just would not be complete without the inclusion of the legendary Komala Villas. Now a household name in Singapore, this should be your go-to to sample some South Indian cuisine served on a banana leaf. Their dosai are absolutely raved about, with 40 different kinds to choose, and with unlimited rice and curry for $7.20, it is hard to go wrong. The perfect spot for getting stuck in with your hands, and chowing down on some authentic (vegetarian) South Indian food.