What does “Pint & Curries” sound like? You might be thinking about a hundred fancy stories, but it really is beer and Northern Indian food – favourites that are ever comforting.
When we were in London last year, we chanced upon several dining establishments that please their crowds with good beer and curries, and it is recognised as a lifestyle to watch your matches while indulging in two of life’s best pleasures. What may sound like a lethal combination is really not that potent, because as with wine pairing, beers can be paired to complement our favourite food, too!
This year, the folks behind the highly popular Bar Bar Black Sheep have launched this very concept right here in Singapore. Nestled in the heart of Clarke Quay, Pint & Curries offers an affordable supper menu of North-Indian curries and well-loved crafted beers.
Party-ing at Clarke Quay will never be the same again. Be gone, hungry nights and empty stomachs. Pint & Curries is a great late night dining option in Singapore, and your best bet and pit stop when you need a hearty supper in between drinking, and its superb location calls for no driving (and being stopped for the breathalyser tests!)
Here are some of our picks:
Pint & Curries’ menu has the classic Indian dishes that everyone loves – like Tandoori Chicken (S$9 for a quarter), Chicken Tikka Masala (S$12), Fish Masala (S$16), and, behold… Butter Chicken (S$12), one of the signature dishes at Bar Bar Black Sheep’s – but the chefs have also whipped out several interesting creations that are so delicious, you will remember your suppers for these.
One of them is the Chicken Malai Kebab (S$14) – tender chicken that is well-marinated with yogurt, nuts, and cream. Simple and satisfying, we’d say.
The Rogan Josh (S$12), with its generous cubes of mutton in a thick gravy made of special herbs and spices, is also an ideal choice to kick start a great meal ahead.
We have no idea why Chicken 65 (S$9) is named as such, but what we know is that the spicy deep fried chicken chunks are extremely addictive. We would love to steal the popular tagline and peg it as ‘finger-licking good’, but let’s just say this redefined spicy deep fried chicken and it is the perfect bar snack to go along with a pint of Brewdog Punk IPA (S$12.90).
The highlight of our meal, and our favourite dish, is the Chicken Vindaloo (S$12). The curry house’s speciality sat in a puddle of spicy gravy. The boneless chicken was exceptionally sweet and succulent, and we mopped the bowl clean of any gravy with the Cheese & Garlic Naan (S$4.50) that is fresh and fluffy from the oven. The Peroni (S$12.90) – a light and pleasant Italian beer with a subtle hint of sweet malt – is the perfect marriage with the Chicken Vindaloo, and leaves you salivating for more. By the way, back to the Chicken 65, we dunked the chunks in to the Vindaloo and boy, were they greater than good!
The Palak Paneer (S$9), cottage cheese cubes in a Spinach puree, is not the most visually appealing dish, and probably not something that will catch your attention immediately, but it is one dish that will grow on you with every spoonful. The sheer creaminess is the brilliant blend of the sweetness of the spinach and richness of the cheese, and as much as we loved it with our naan, it is really quite a pleasure to savour it on its own. Probably a dish that would stay on our list of favourites and one that we would order with every patronage.
Beyond Indian curries, Pint & Curries also has a variety of other curries such as Thai curry and Malaysian Chicken Curry (S$12) in its repertoire. Expect the best of Bar Bar Black Sheep’s North Indian and Thai kitchens at Pint & Curries.
The Thai dishes such as Green Thai Curry Chicken (S$12), Tom Yum Goong (S$12), and Green Thai Curry Prawn (S$12) are worthy mentions, too. Tom Yum Goong is a dish that represents absolute comfort, and if you are nursing a hangover, there is nothing quite like this spicy Thai soup to jolt you up.
If you are having dinner here, or simply feeling peckish after clubbing, or if a Tom Yum Goong is not enough to treat that hangover, go for the Chicken Biryani (S$12) or Kway Teow Goreng (S$8). Other staples include Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng. Yes, you can have them all here without having to drive out to the nearest prata shop in your drunken stupor.
Pint & Curries offers a collection of craft beers and ciders, including Brewdog Punk IPA, Little Creatures Pale Ale, Peroni, or Rekorderlig Cider, which are priced at S$10.90 each during happy hours (from opening till 10pm), and S$12.90 after happy hours.
For the ladies, Wednesday is a good time to drop by Pint & Curries. It has a special ladies’ night promotion of S$6 for a Somersby Pear Cocktail.
Another excellent deal is the P&C Hump Day Combo where you get a choice of naan or rice, any curry (except seafood), and a pint of Kronenbourg 1664 Banc or Carlsberg for only S$19.90.
Pint & Curries
#01-14, Clarke Quay
3D River Valley Road
Tel: +65 6337 4616
Daily: 7pm – 4am
Nearest Station: Clarke Quay
This post is brought to you by Pint & Curries.