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

Great Lunch Buffet (Yantra Update) on 1Aug2013

tandoori prawns

tandoori prawns

a quick update on Yantra’s Mon-Thurs S$19pax lunch buffet(my last visit).

went with my sister for lunch buffet on thursday 1.8.2013, and this time the food was par excellence. 🙂

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Yantra has a spacious, classy, quiet ambience.

curry chicken, tandoori prawns & fish curry - the 3 best dishes

curry chicken, tandoori prawns & fish curry – the 3 best dishes

the buffet was the usual spread. today though we had 3 excellent dishes – a tandoori prawns, fish curry & curry chicken. the prawns were large, plump & has nice bbq flavour – i took many.

fish curry

fish curry

the fish was fresh & tender & both the fish & chicken curries were great for eating with the naans & tandoori roti. really enjoyed this lunch. 🙂

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i don’t think much of dessert in indian restaurants, my impression being they are overwhelmingly sweet (sorry that’s just me!) so my last time here i did not visit the dessert station. this time my sis took the carrot & it was really nicely done, mildly sweet & about right.

c.h.e.f andy

S$19pax Indian Lunch Buffet @ Yantra at Tanglin Mall on 10Jun2013

chick pea curry

chick pea curry

See also my Yantra Update on 1.8.2013.

my turn to buy lunch with 2 friends I started some business together in 2000. seems like yesterday. 🙂

Yantra @ Tanglin has a S$19pax lunch buffet monday to thursday (S$25pax friday-sunday),  I like the nice, classy ambience,  and I don’t have too many kakis for Indian food – so we decided to go there. 🙂

food was good flavour-wise, the spread was small but ok really except it lacked a lamb dish like rogan gosht, & a tandoori chicken, and (say) a bharta (eggplant).

the chick pea curry was good with the naans, like all the sauce curries & the dal. 🙂

green chicken curry

green chicken curry

I guessed the buffet was a vegetarian paradise. this green curry murgh & another chicken dish were the only meats (there was a fish tikka & great curry prawns though). I don’t really like both the chicken dishes. a butter chicken (murgh makhani) would be perfect or a tandoori whether whole chicken or tikka.

some mixed vege

some mixed vege

the vegetarian dishes were great. this mixed vege.

aloo gobi (cauliflower) & potatoes

aloo gobi (cauliflower) & potatoes

& also the potatoes aloo gobi. 🙂

prawn curry

I liked this prawn curry & had a few helpings. It went well with the garlic naans.

dal

dal

as did the other curries & dal. 🙂

paneer tikka

paneer tikka

the paneer tikka was the usual tofu texture but not so flavourful.

some squash? & zucchini

some squash? & zucchini

not quite sure what this was, like cucumbers with some squash?

mango pickles etc

mango pickles etc

the mango pickles was nice. 🙂

my plateful of eats

my plateful of eats

did not take a photo of the fish tikka. it’s next to the prawn & potatoes in the above photo – my plate full of food. it was quite good. 🙂 the green chicken & another anemic  looking chicken were at the left.

dessert

dessert

Indian dessert doesn’t work for me. anyhow I am not a dessert person so I did not try any.

overall the food was good, not pricy & ambience was excellent. but somewhat lacking “shiok” factor for me. must go find another Indian food fix. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy