Average Indian Lunch @ Jade of India on 10Sep2013

fish head curry - S$25

fish head curry – S$25

i had not had indian fish head curry for several years. the recent fish head curry lunch at banana leaf apolo with my RI friends triggered my craving. saw the deal.com voucher S$12 for S$20 & bought 3 vouchers for 3pax lunch on 10.9.2013. 🙂

papadum

papadum

rogan gosht - S$12.90

rogan gosht – S$12.90

chicken biryani - S$11.90

chicken biryani – S$11.90

garlin naan (S$3.50) & tandoori roti (S$2.50)

garlin naan (S$3.50) & tandoori roti (S$2.50)

i ordered a fish head curry, chicken biryani (since 3 plain rice cost S$9), rogan gosht & 1garlic naan + 1 tandoori roti. liked the papadum & the dip! 🙂

the red snapper fish head was small but whole (not 1/2) & very fresh & sweet. the curry though tasted quite good was gluey (starchy). i didn’t mind it but the usual ones like what i had at banana leaf was much better & i would not go back if i were looking specifically to have fish head curry! the chicken biryani was very good – tender tasty chicken & flavourful rice which was not too oily, 🙂 the rogan gosht was disappointing – both the curry & mutton. this was a common dish i had taken many times in different indian restaurants and almost always good so this was quite a let down in taste. the garlic naan was also not great. thinking back i probably made the wrong order of mutton. the fish head & biryani were southern indian & i would probably do better with mysore mutton. naans & roti were better with thicker curries so was ok with rogan gosht but less with fish head curry.

the meal cost S$65.70 for 3pax after 10% service & GST. with the vouchers it was S$41.70 nett. so price-wise it was good for the food we ordered. but the fish head though ok did not satisfy my craving for good fish head curry & the rogan gosht did not give me confidence that other curries would be good. don’t think i would go back anytime soon even with discount vouchers.

c.h.e.f andy

Fish Head Curry Lunch @ Banana Leaf Apolo on 29Aug2013

haha..was in 2 minds whether to make this post. 🙂 why? see here = https://chefquak.com/2013/08/31/why-i-blog-my-guidelines-perspectives/

i enjoyed very much the lunch with old RI schoolmates & chatting over a cuppa afterwards at tekka food centre on 29.8.2013. 🙂 we are at a stage of our life where we are relaxed, enjoy company, want to spend time together, have different life perspectives & experiences to share, and enjoy listening to others’ perspectives whether they are same or different from our own. 🙂

the makan (“food”) at banana leaf apolo @ race course road was also ok, though pricy & nothing memorable (except the fish head curry). still i decided to make a quick post to record this get-together. 🙂

fish head curry

fish head curry

we ordered 4 dishes to share among 6pax, and the vegetarian among us ordered just naans & a paneer (indian cottage cheese that tastes like tofu) dish with curry. including lime juices, the meal came to S$150, about S$22pax. it’s quite ok but NOT cheap at all especially for our vegetarian friend.

best among the dishes was the fish head, predictably. it was a very good fish head – very fresh red snapper head & very tasty curry. i enjoyed it very much & i also got to eat the eyes etc. slurp, slurp! 🙂

chicken tikka

chicken tikka

the chicken tikka (cutlet) was a tandoori version & a bit dry, kind of below average really!

chicken curry

chicken curry

we also had a chicken curry & small squid curry (i forgot to take photo). both curries were tasty, but these were really quite cheap dishes with very cheap ingredients. eg at prata cafe @ evans road, you can get a very tasty mysore mutton curry for S$3.50! at chinatown market, you can get 1.5x the portion of small squid for S$3 & just plonk them in a curry mix.

basmati rice

basmati rice

the lunch might not be value for money, but i did enjoy very much including the basmatic rice & sides & was even inspired to cook a fish head curry myself the next day. 🙂

there are so many inexpensive eating places at race course road for both north indian dishes & the largely south indian fish head curries & chicken & squid curries we had. i plan to have fish head curry again & hope to have better review to post than this one on banana leaf. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy