An enclave laden with fancy eateries and artisanal grocers, Dempsey Hill is a hot-spot among expatriates, most of whom flock there during the weekends for its laid-back vibes and beautiful scenery.
Yet, hidden among the slew of posh restaurants lies an old-time classic, selling not just solid Indian food, but a rich history that has been passed along three generations since it was first set up as a roadside stall in the early 1950s.
Samy’s Curry is iconic and many—regardless of ethnicity—can ascertain to the sheer quality of their food. The restaurant dishes out a wide array of Northern and Southern Indian food but the highlight and a definite must to order is their highly acclaimed fish head curry.
Set amidst the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill, Samy’s Curry is a curry oasis that will fill you with tasty food and solid vibes.
A symphony of warm and complex flavours, Samy’s Fish Head Curry (S$21 for small, S$28 for medium & S$33 for large) is a dish that, to us, represents all that Indian cuisine is—that is a beautiful medley comprising fresh ingredients, bold spices and emphasis on flavour over finesse.
The curry was well-rounded with a tinge of sourness to balance out the mild fishiness of the fish head. Best appreciated when spooned over steamed basmati rice, each mouthful was an explosion of rich flavours that, while assertive, still allowed the taste of the fresh fish to shine through.
You will not find a table in the restaurant without it and for good reason.
Samy’s Curry has no shortage of Northern and Southern Indian dishes to choose from and one in particular that we simply cannot do without is the Black Squid (S$9).
Tender and savoury with a mild sweetness from the dark-coloured sauce it comes served with, this dish makes for a great accompaniment to the fish head curry.
Situated in an old colonial house, Samy’s Curry sports an old colonial look that wows diners with its old-school vibes and a stunning veranda that overlooks the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill.
25 Dempsey Road,
Tel: +65 6472 2080
(Closed on Tuesdays)
Mon to Sun: 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Road