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June 4, 2017

Samy’s Curry, Singapore…curry fish head is not going to blow your mind, but you won’t be disappointed

While Singapore’s Indian food scene is typically associated with a hub of Indian restaurants in Little India area, there are other spots that can hold their own.

What this no-frills eatery in Dempsey lacks in atmosphere it makes up for with cooking. Quite old school in its touches, Samy’s Curry is deservedly popular.

There are the traditional items – chicken masala, etc – but for something different, try the butter chicken and biryanis.  Worth mentioning is the curry fish head with its delightfully delicate meat that only Singapore gourmets and American cats know much about. It’s not going to blow your mind, but you won’t be disappointed while the still-warm freshness of the popadoms and naan breads provides the icing on the cake. Wash it down with an Indian-style thick lassi to balance out the heat.

Some like it hot, some are born to be mild, but everyone loves a decent curry. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

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February 11, 2012

Shamiana, Mumbai…..WAAAAAY below standard of the Taj Mahal Palace

Sad to say this was a very disappointing dining experiences in recent memory. The service was very slow and the servers un-interested. Repeated reminders for coffee to be serve were futile for 20 minutes until we stood up to leave. The spread was the usual, nothing exotic – there were some Gujarati starters, few regular vegetarian and non vegetarian vegetables, breads, rice, yellow dal and biryani.

WAAAAY below the standard of Taj Mahal Palace. What a waste of money. It’s just not worth what they charge. This is the true truth as I say it as it is…

June 4, 2010

Shamiana Tandoori & Indian Cuisine, Dubai…food court food that’s cheap and good

All shopping malls in Dubai have a food court. Mall food courts are extremely noisy place and have the usual selection of junk food. However, there is an exeption:

Shamiana serves piping-hot tandoori food, biryani, curry and kebabs. Visitors can create their own combinations from the selection of daily specials and traditional dishes

I tailor-made my own order of a garlic naan, masala prawns and chicken tandoori.

I tried the same combination at both their Dubai Mall and Deira City Centre outlets. Although it is located in a food court, all food is cooked a’la minute (made to order). Shamiana is a good spot for good Indian fare at less than average prices. The main disadvantage of eating in a food court is the paper plates and plastic cutlery! This is still the true truth as I say it as it is…

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