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Monday, January 21, 2013

SIN: Spice Sutra

Gobi Mansurian: popular Indian Chinese dish!

Spice Sutra is a hidden gem located in Upper Thomson, serving a wide array of North Indian dishes, as well as (at least) one Indian Chinese offering which I had been wanting to try for quite some time. All the ingredients used in the restaurant are Halal certified.


Vegetable Pokaras S$4.90
Taste: 7.5/10

For a start, I ordered the chef's recommended deep-fried peas, carrots and coriander leaves coated with gram flour which were lightly seasoned. The outside was slightly crispy, while the inside was pretty airy. There was, however, no dipping sauce of any kind served with the dish.


Gobi Mansurian S$11.90
Taste: 8.5/10

I truly enjoyed the savoury dish of finely cut cauliflowers which were breaded, deep-fried and subsequently mixed with the chef's secret sauce which, to me, tasted very Chinese. The chewy batter, as a result of absorbing the sauce, was contrasted in texture by the crumbly cauliflowers inside.


Butter Chicken S$15.90
Taste: 8.5/10

Butter chicken is one of my favourite Indian dishes. Highly tender, boneless chicken chunks were cooked in adequately rich and creamy purée of tomatoes, cream and spices which didn't make me sick of it at all towards the end of the meal. However, a bit more salt wouldn't do harm, I guess.


Butter Laccha Paratha S$3.90
Taste: 6.5/10

I was tempted to order the wheat bread stuffed with butter which was roasted in a traditional charcoal tandoor (a clay oven) without realising that I was in for a double butter madness with the butter chicken. Apparently, the bread wasn't that buttery. I was also a bit disappointed because it wasn't exactly crispy or fluffy either.


Mutton Biryani S$14.90
Taste: 8/10

Just a bit more about myself: I wasn't a big fan of mutton for a long time till recent years. The boneless pieces of mutton marinated in spices-induced yogurt were quite flavourful and tender. The saffron rice was pretty fragrant, although it could be cooked more carefully to reach a fluffier stage.


Gajjar Haluwa S$4.90
Taste: 8.5/10

It was my very first time eating a warm dessert which had a lingering aroma and taste of fresh carrots, topped with almonds and pistachios. Grated carrots were cooked and thoroughly stirred in a mixture water, sugar and milk to give a somewhat crunchy texture, yet were moist and sticky at the same time.


Masala Tea S$4.00
Taste: 8/10

A cup of warm black tea thickened with milk and infused with spices was a good beverage to end the meal.  The aroma of cardamom was detectable, and perhaps a bit of black pepper was also added into the drink. Well, I have only one more comment: it could definitely do with more spices.

Melon's Rating
Taste: 8/10
Ambience: 8/10
Service: 7/10
Overall: 7.5/10

I enjoyed the dim and relaxing ambience, especially on a Tuesday evening where the restaurant wasn't crowded at all. Service was alright, but perhaps the waiter I met the other day could be less taciturn. Pika's advice: The restaurant provides catering with customisable menu! Do check it out!

Spice Sutra

200 Upper Thomson Road
#01-03 Thomson Imperial Court
Singapore
(Wed-Sun: 11.00am - 2.30pm, 6.00pm - 10.30pm; Mon-Tue: 6.00pm - 10.30pm)


*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge.

Have a nice meal,
Cliff(y)

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