my OPS friend bought 4pax lunch at gayatri today on 19.12.2016. ^^
restaurant is located at race course road.
today monday, school holidays, traffic was smooth along dunearn road. i saw an empty lot next to banana leaf, parked & walked further down & was at gayatri at 1pm.
we took a look at the food display & ordered our food.
lime juice S$3 a bit expensive, quite good, so ok.
for me, pepper prawns was the best dish for lunch.
large prawns, very fresh, plump & bouncy, good serving size & excellent sauce. all for S$18.
the madras chicken was not bad.
again sauce tasty & aromatic with the herbs.
cannot tell if masala chicken or butter chicken maybe better. anyway this was amply ok.
we ordered 2 garlic naans (S$7.50). we only finished one.
i had wanted chicken with sauce instead of chicken tikka the server suggested so could go with the naan. anyway still felt not enough sauce & asked server for some butter chicken gravy or dhal.
he came with the big plate of dhal. not the best for naan but i thought it would be complimentary. he charged us S$7. might as well order a large dish of butter chicken or squid at S$11???
we ordered the S$17 fish head curry promo.
it was whole head, not 1/2, but a small head.
this was actually a very good indian fish head curry.
fish head was very fresh & fish meat tender. the curry i had to go back to getting use to, but after a while, i quite liked it. thought it was very good too…
overall though, i think i am out of indian fish head curry these days. seldom take it but now not so attracted as before c/w say-
the mutton dum briyani at S$11 was a good value dish.
rice were separate, single grain, very nicely done.
there was a huge serving of mutton, like maybe 8 large pieces.
mutton was tasty & tender, but still a bit robust & some gamey taste, no comparison with my friend’s wife’s homecooked super tender, super tasty rogan josh.
i had better briyani at other places, notably chat masala. still it was a great dish & all of us liked it.
had a really good lunch & fun time together with my old pals from primary school thanks to my friend!
an indian friend i showed to thought the bill was expensive, but then the individual prices were not ex really, except for S$3 lime juice, $7.50 naan (which were also not outrageous) & the S$7 dhal (which for me was outrageous)..
my friend who paid for lunch had a S$50 groupon, so i guess lunch was about S$80nett, which was pretty ok for the food.
after lunch we walked over to old town white coffee at city square mall.
my recollection based on a coffee i took like 10 yrs ago at the big splash was that it was undrinkable!
but there was no original cendol today as they said the ice machine broke down, so i took the kopi-c gosong.
it was very good actually!
strong & much more flavourful (& foamy) than the toastbox kind.
a friend had the soya milk cendol for his fix.
he thought it was ok.
a bit more ex than toastbox i guess, but i would prefer this.
i enjoyed the coffee time together!
we got up the escalator to the serangoon road junction, still some distance walk back to race course road.