You might spot the CEO of PropNex, Mohamed Ismail Gafoor if you have lunch at Gandhi Restaurant, as it’s hugely popular with prominent Singaporean Indian business-people (whether Indian-Muslims or Hindus), including lawyers. It also attracts a mix of other locals, including Singaporean Chinese and Singaporean Malays.
However, you won’t see too many tourists or foreign residents of Singapore here (although I won’t say none) along Chander Road. They tend to flock to restaurants like Banana Leaf Apolo and Muthu’s Curry on Race Course Road.
But if you’re looking for both the authentic taste of south India in Singapore, as well as a place where Singaporean Indians eat at, this place meets both criteria.
My friend and I met for lunch and each had the banana leaf set meal with white rice, two vegetable dishes and a papadum (crispy savoury cracker). There’s no briyani rice here -only white. The assistants will ask you what gravy you want and they’ll pour it over your rice.
In the photo, you’ll see a piece of fish cooked in curry, which was an extra order – my friend and I each had one. The fish was delicious. It was better cooked than usual – not overcooked, compared to some places that leave the fish in the pot far too long, which hardens the flesh.
We also shared a bowl of mutton curry, which was tender and had been cooked in complex spices – terrific.
Overall, the standard of the food at Gandhi is well-above average for Indian eateries, in Little India and even in Singapore overall. The long lines for takeaway food and the packed air-conditioned area at lunchtime are clear indicators of the quality.
People certainly aren’t here because it’s particularly cheap. Our meal which included two set meals, two pieces of fish, a bowl of mutton for two, and a canned drink came to $19.20. Not too expensive, but there are certainly cheaper meals available at the Tekka Centre hawker stalls. Diners come here for the quality and consistency.
If you’re not used to eating with your fingers, this might be the place to give it a try, as you’d certainly not be out of place doing so. Wash your hands of course, and use only your right hand for eating, in line with tradition and practice.
But do wash your hand first if you meet PropNex’s CEO and want to shake his.
Meal eaten on 12 May 2016 at 11.30am.
31 Chander Road
Two set meals on banana leaf with white rice, two vegetable dishes, a papdum, plus a piece of fish each, and a bowl of mutton curry for two, plus one canned drink: $19.20.
Easy to find a table at 11:30am on a Thursday, but much more crowded after 12 noon.
Coupon parking along Chander Road; parking at Block 671A Klang Lane multi-storey carpark; parking at Grand Imperial Hotel on Belilios Road (more expensive than URA parking)