Curry fish head, like chilli crab or chicken rice, is one of the iconic dishes in Singapore. When it comes to curry fish, one would immediately think of the famous places like The Banana Leaf Apolo, Muthu’s Curry, and of course, Samy’s Curry Restaurant.
I do not know what took me so long to try Samy’s Curry, but I finally did one night when my dining companion and I could not decide what to have for dinner. And oh boy, I wondered why I never had it earlier.
I like the fact that Samy’s Curry Restaurant is located in Dempsey – one of the most popular dining enclaves in Singapore – but unlike most of the places there that are overpriced yet often under-delivers, it serves good Indian food at affordable prices.
If you are dining in a big group, you can share a curry fish head ($18 for small, $26 for medium) and get several ala carte items – butter chicken ($8 for small, $12 for big), black squid ($7 for small, $10 for big), chicken tikka ($8 for small, $12 for big) – from the menu.
If you just want something light, you can have rice and order individual portions of the dishes. Rice is being served on a banana leaf with two complimentary vegetarian side dishes and papadum. Alternatively, you can also have nasi briyani or naan topped with garlic, butter, or cheese ($2.80).
Given that many mediocre restaurants and eateries serve their fish head curry for prices ranging from $20 upwards, I feel that Samy Curry’s Restaurant is undeniably one of the more value for money options. We shared a small fish head, and it was more than enough for the two of us. The sauce is tangy, not too spicy and packs a punch. And I like that it leaves a pleasant after taste in your mouth.
Samy Curry’s is definitely the place if you do not have an adventurous palate but would like to have a go at Indian cuisine. It is also a place where I would bring my overseas friends to enjoy an authentic Indian feast.
Samy’s Curry Restaurant
25A Dempsey Road
Tanglin Village (Dempsy Hill Green)
Tel: +65 6472 2080
Daily: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
(Closed on Tue)