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The Song of India definitely needs no introduction, more so now as it has become Southeast Asia’s only Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin Star. Set in a charming Black and White near the hustle and bustle of Orchard Road, this has been one of the most popular fine dining Indian restaurants in Singapore, having won several awards under the leadership of Executive Chef Manjunath Mural. Interestingly, Chef Mural comes from a long line of doctors, but he followed his heart and embraced his love for cooking. Chef Mural uses traditional Indian preparation methods and blends them with flavours from around the world, resulting in a culinary style that he calls ‘Global Indian Gastronomy’.
The restaurant, with its opulent interiors, lavish décor, luxurious table settings and a lovely ambience, offers the perfect venue for a fine meal – be it a romantic dinner for two, an intimate dinner with friends, or even a high-flying business lunch.
What’s more, with Sunday being Family Day at SOI, you needn’t even shy away from taking your kids along for a lovely family meal.
So a couple of weeks ago, I decided to head over to SOI hoping to enjoy their Sunday Lunch, hubby and all 3 kids (aged 1, 5, 5) in tow. As luck would have it, my kids, who are usually well behaved at restaurants couldn’t sit still during the entire meal, in this fine dining place of all. But in all fairness to SOI, I can honestly say that I did not get a single judgmental look from any of the staff, chefs or even other diners. So I’m going to go ahead and recommend this restaurant for a vegetarian family meal, but I would stick to Sundays for taking kids along. Sunday being Family Day, kids are expected and you can be sure that there will be other kids around. It also means that kids under 12 dine free with 2 paying adults. So if you’ve got moody or picky eaters in the house (like yours truly), at least you don’t have to worry about having to pay the price of an entire buffet for a piece of naan.
At 39.90++ per pax, the specially created Gourmet Menu is value for money, more so since kids are dining free. To start with, we opted for a Platter of Vegetarian Kebabs From Our Tandoor (clay oven). You can also opt for the Non-Vegetarian Platter or a mix of the two. The veg platter consisted of Veg Seekh Kebabs and a Tandoori Paneer (cottage cheese), served with Mango Salsa. Both kebabs were flavourful, I especially loved the hints of mustard in the paneer. You can ask for unlimited servings of the kebabs, but if I were you, I wouldn’t do that as there is still a lot to come. For Sunday lunch, there is also a live counter that serves different dishes every Sunday. On this Sunday, they were cooking delicious Besan Cheelas (pancakes made with chickpea flour) sprinkled with peppers and paneer, and topped with mint chutney. These were hands down the best cheelas I’ve ever had. The chef even made non-spicy ones for the kids, on request.
Once you’ve had your fill of the kebabs, I would recommend moving on to soup and salads, followed by the mains. The salad bar had on offer an interesting mix of salads – Kidney Beans Salad, Sweet Potato Corn Chat, Garden Green Salad and Broccoli Salad. My favourite was the Sweet Potato Corn Chat, a modern and healthier take on traditional chaats (savoury snacks from India, typically sold at roadside stalls). The soup on offer was a delicious and creamy Carrot Coriander Shorba.
The mains comprised of a good selection of vegetarian dishes, namely Veg Biryani, Dal Pachranga, Palak Paneer, Baigan Tomato Masala, Herb Vegetables with side dishes such as Mixed Veg Raita, Papads and Fried Lotus Roots. While most dishes were good, I especially liked the Palak Paneer (spinach and cottage cheese), Baigan Tomato Masala (eggplant cooked with tomatoes) and the crispy Fried Lotus Roots. You can have unlimited servings of everything, and Naans (Bread) from your choice of plain, butter or garlic will be served at the table. For non-vegetarians, the buffet also had Keema Mutton Masala, Goan Fish Curry, Butter Chicken and Chicken Dum Biryani.
Moving on to desserts, there was Strawberry Mousse, Dry Fruit Seviyan Kheer and Doodhi ka Halwa, besides Fresh Fruits. While I didn’t particularly like the Strawberry Mousse, my youngest happily lapped it all up. The Dry Fruit Seviyan Kheer – an Indian dessert made from vermicelli and milk – was quite good and the Doodhi ka Halwa – an Indian dessert made from bottle gourd – was exceptional.
Some of the dishes might be spicy for the younger kids but that is to be expected in an Indian restaurant. On this day, the soup, Herb Vegetables, Baigan Tomato Masala, Lotus Roots and of course the naans were completely non-spicy. Then there are the salads and desserts, and let’s not forget the papads. My kids could have an entire meal of papads if I let them. All in all, most kids accustomed to a completely non-spicy palette should be able to eat a variety.
- The place was quite chilly, which was possibly why my kids couldn’t sit still. So if your kids (or yourself) are sensitive to cold temperatures, I would suggest carrying a jacket.
- They also serve a Gourmet Lunch Buffet at $29.90++, from Mondays to Saturdays.
- Chef Mural holds cooking demonstrations and classes every now and then. You can follow him on https://www.facebook.com/ChefManjunathMuralOfficial/ and http://www.chefmural.com/ (Tip: Check out some of his recipes on his website).
The Song of India
33 Scotts Road
+65 6836 0055