[Restaurant Review] Song of India – Truly Delectable Fine Dining

Warning!! This post is going to make you super-hungry immediately. So it is better not to read it on empty tummy. Also, it is going to be a long post with lot of detailing. So grab some fruit / healthy snack and read on!

 

I mean seriously, what happens when you visit a fine dining restaurant with a quaint setup and you are presented with ultimate culinary delights?!… where the taste is pleasantly differently delicious and where the service is absolutely perrrffeect! Want to get that experience? Go reserve your place for this weekend’s Family Day Lunch @ the Song of India.

I am in Singapore for quite long time and have visited an array of restaurants providing Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Italian varieties. Surprisingly, when it comes to Indian Food, I keep on frequenting (and sometimes complaining) the same set of restaurants found around Little India.

I am expecting some guests coming soon from India and hence I was hunting for a place where Indian food is served with a twist – not the usual gravies, not the same type of starters…Very boring it gets for me and my family! Not to mention, I can cook that at home too.

And…just in time Chef Mural invited my hubby and me to visit the Song of India to try-out Family Day Lunch. Frankly speaking, I had heard about the Song of India a lot but somehow I always had an impression that it is expensive since it’s fine dining and the location is not around the usual Little India.

For the purpose of this review, it was a great opportunity to shatter all my beliefs and am so glad that I visited the Song of India / SOI.

Generally, Indian restaurants in Singapore are either in and around Little India or they are situated in some hotels. Here, Song of India stands out. When we were parking the car, the first “WOW” came out of my mouth. Didn’t know that Song of India is actually a colonial-style bungalow.

Look at my pictures below and you will know what I mean.

Surrounded by lush greenery, this place instantly relaxes you and raises your expectations about the food and service. Here I enter the restaurant…

Another “WOW” for the classiest décor. Song of India scores very high on ambience. It offers relaxing, calming, cozy setting.

I loved the seating arrangement – it is not monotonous. It kind-of ensures that people get the desired privacy. Not cramped. They have very optimally utilized the place available. I guess around 80-90 pax can comfortably accommodate. Chef mentioned that this venue is very popular for ROM parties, birthdays and so on.

After exchanging greetings with Chef and other staff, we sat down for our lunch. Spotlessly clean and well-arranged crockery!

After we sat down, one very experienced and humble attendant greeted us and asked for the choice of drinks. I preferred warm water and hubby dear got this golden spirit. By the way, please note that SOI is launching “The song of India Sapporo Beer Brunch” – Uniquely Japanese Beer Sapporo Premium Paired with delicious Indian Cuisine. Indian + Japanese looks one exciting combo!

Lets Start(ers)

Attendant informed that SOI serves starters on the table and later we can go ahead and have buffet. Starters were getting hot and ready in the kitchen. Here they come…

Look damn interesting? Yes, indeed they are. Lemme give you some brief about them –

  • Vegetable Seekh Kabaab – made with assorted veggies and American corn. They are a bit spicy but very tasty.
  • Paneer Tikka – truly silky cottage cheese. They were melting in the mouth
  • Fish Ajwain Tikka – well marinated and soft and tender
  • Chicken Malai Tikka – well marinated and soft and tender

I was wondering where are the usual chutneys? Staff told us that the beautiful patterns design that you see is completely edible – made from mayonnaise, blueberry and pickles. Jaw dropping!



Starters were accompanied by Raw Papaya Salsa. At least, I have not heard of anything of this sort. It was delish! Hubby loved this salsa a lot and he challenged me to make the same at home. I conceded my defeat even before trying.

While we were having starters, appetiser was served. It looked like a humble tomato soup. Chef informed that it is “Tomato Coriander Soup”. What I liked the most was the zing that ginger added to it. The texture was not too thick and creamy. That is good in a way since many times I feel full already after the starters and the soup and cannot give justice to the main course.

It was Sunday Lunch time and I saw many people @ SOI. All were happily chatting, eating. Service was prompt and friendly. Looked like they go an extra mile to make customers satisfied.

After starters and soup, time for the main course. Choicest of dishes were waiting for us.

Salads, Chats –

Loads of choices again here. I particularly loved three-beans salad – very healthy. Fried bitter gourd was another variety. Hubby liked it but I didn’t taste it because of the bitter gourd phobia 😀

Chat with a slight tweak in the form of Crispy Yam Corn Chat. I found it tasty but a bit dry probably because of Yam’s natural texture.

Vegetarian delights in the Main Course –
  • Achari Baigan (Pickled Brinjal) – Just like bitter gourd, I hate Brinjals. But I tasted this mainly for its gravy. Another WOW! I have lost count of WOWs by the way. Well, the gravy here has Indian Pickle flavour to it and that makes it so so good. Must try!

  • Palak Paneer (Spinach and Cottage Cheese) – I am sure that this is all-time-favorite for many of us. Rich creamy spinach and cottage cheese – mildly flavoured!

  • Herbed Vegetables – baby potatoes, broccoli, carrots, baby corns lightly tossed with Indian herbs in minimal oil. I loved this too because it is healthier and the use of cumin seeds was adding fuller taste to it.

Non-Vegetarian delicacies in the Main Course –
  • Ginger Lamb Masala – Ginger makes the difference.

  • Goan Fish Curry – with that typical Goan taste – coconut and all…a bit like Thai curry. For readers who don’t know Goa – it is a beautiful city in India famous for food, fun and beaches.

  • Murg Labaabdaar – for Chicken lovers.

Rice and Breads –

  • Dal Makhani – Lip smacking lentil preparation. Must-Have!!!

There were 2 types of Biryani or Briyani?! – I have heard both spellings. Meaning is the same 🙂

  • Vegetarian
  • Non-vegetarian Chicken Dum

Rice was basmati, soft and grains were long. By now, I was realizing that the SOI food is good on tummy. No bloated or full feeling so far!

  • Breads were served piping hot n fresh on the table. We chose butter rotis. They were soft and I guess made from whole wheat flour which is again very healthy. (Maida / Plain flour makes rotis that become leathery after a while.)

Desserts

After such an awesome starters, soup, salads and main course, I was keeping my fingers crossed. Hope the desserts don’t disappoint. Yesss!!! They proved to be an icing on the cake, the crescendo to this beautiful meal…

Let me show you the variety…

  • Wheat Kheer – Kheer is an Indian pudding which is generally made from rice. Here SOI used wheat. Welcome change for sure.

  • Blueberry Panna Cotta – originally an Italian dessert, in SOI it appeared with Blueberry and garnished with pistachios and dried rose petals. It came filled into these cute little glasses. Each can have exactly how much one wants.

 

  • Gulab Jamun – Give a big round applause to the most famous Gulab Jamun. I would specially mention that they were not too sweet. Too much sweetness mars the flavour which didn’t happen here. They were soft and silky.

  • Mango Barfi – Welcome the King of fruits – Alphanso mango in the traditional barfi format. Again, this was perfectly sweet – not overloaded with saccharine.

  • Fresh cut fruits – For the people who were too full, there were freshly cut fruits.

 

 Live Appam making station –

Appam is an Indian variety of a pancake made from rice flour and coconut milk. It is very thin and very tasty. SOI brought some old memories back with the Live Station. Making appam is a skilful job!

So liked the virtual culinary tour I just gave you to the Song of India Fine Dining Restaurant? I too truly enjoyed writing about it. A pic of us with the Chef below:

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and yours truly sitting nicely…

 The Song of India is conveniently located on Scotts Rd. walkable from Orchard MRT. If you are driving, there is a free parking space inside the restaurant.

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To know about the latest promotions, visit this link. Please note it is not all “expensive” like some of us thought. So I would say that the Song of India gives the best fine dining experience at a very reasonable price.

SOI also has an event room for parties, get-togethers.

So when are you going to the Song of India…to experience the zen of journey to India cuisine?! Do quote “RainbowDiaries” when you visit them. 🙂 :)’

 Shub 

Note: RainbowDiaries was invited for food tasting and review in the Song of India. No monetary benefits were involved.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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46 comments on “[Restaurant Review] Song of India – Truly Delectable Fine Dining”

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  2. Angie.S Reply

    My husband David and I love Indian food too and we used to dine at this Indian restaurant in Vivocity. Now we have another option to go to. How are the prices at Song of India? It looks rather upmarket.

  3. Winnie Reply

    Place looks divine! Sadly, I don’t eat coconut, or chilli, or curry, so I don’t think this place suits my tastes. Did I mention that the place looks divine? 🙂

    • shubhadabhide Reply

      Indeed the place looks divine 🙂 Looks not for you though since certain ingredients you don’t take.

  4. Michelle Reply

    My husband and I love Indian food but we always feel like we need to invite more people to go with us, so we can try more food. I like how the food is presented at Song Of India. You get to taste everything at small portions!

  5. Ika Sani Reply

    OMG! I don’t want to scroll this post down!!! it make me so hungry hahaha Raw Papaya Salsa?? A unique dish to try out.

  6. Rod Reply

    When I looked at the first photo, the place looked like somewhere in Kerala, India.

    BTW, can I just walk-in or need to make reservation in advance via phone call? Also, it looks like a family fine dining area. Will it be suitable for 1-2 people?

  7. Tiffany Yong Reply

    I’ve tried Gulab Jamun before in an Indian restaurant in Bangkok. It is too sweet for my liking! I prefer food on the lighter side~

  8. Pal Raine Reply

    What a timely post, I just attended Holi Color Festival last Saturday, March 19 to be exact and I’ve experienced the great culture and food of India. So love it!

  9. Arisa Reply

    So delicious looking! Must be expensive too judging by the place. Thank goodness I’m reading this while eating lol

  10. Arisa Reply

    Wow this is the first time I’m seeing Indian delicacies being served in such an expensive looking place! I always thought the best Indian food are found in small home shops because they are not so commercialized, allowing them to maintain their quality standard compared to commercial places.

  11. Bhushavali Reply

    Subhada… Ur warning makes sense.it late mornjng here and I still haven’t had my breakfast and after seeing ur post my tummy is making sounds… ???

  12. Sebrinah Yeo Reply

    Lucky it’s in SG if not I’ll be pestering my hubby to take me there now! That tomato coriander soup and that bread is really my kinda thing!! This is a rare gem find fine dining for Indian cuisine.

  13. Miera Nadhirah Reply

    So pretty.. love the environment and ambience.. and the food looks so damn delectable as well.. oh my language..
    I want to visit it sometime too

  14. Elizabeth O. Reply

    Sounds like they nailed it from the appetizers to the desserts. I love the plating and the whole ambiance of the restaurant, it gives you that home-y feel, doesn’t it? I’m glad you enjoyed your dining experience with them.

  15. nicol Reply

    oh my, theres definitely a good choice of food there! i would try a bit of everything there

  16. LING Reply

    I’m not an Indian food lover, but this post definitely makes me wanna had Indian food after this!!!

  17. Fred Reply

    Your right, the photos and descriptions were really very tempting! Even for us who do not beat Indian food much. It does look very expensive given the stylish ambience. Good to know that it is not.

  18. Suzanne Rudge Reply

    Thanks for the warning, LOL. THis looks like a wonderful place to dine. The food photos are yummy looking and are seriously making me drool, LOL

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