North Indian Cuisine in the heart of Chinatown
A new modern eatery serving up delicious North Indian cuisine has opened in Chinatown. Helming the kitchen at Indline (pronounced ‘Ind’ ‘Line’) is Chef Ajim Khan, the fomer Executive Chef at one of Little India’s popular restaurant, The Copper Chimney. Chef Khan is is a native from Kolkata with more than 25 years of experience and he will be focusing on simple food with intense flavours based on wholesome recipes passed down from generations in his hometown. Assuring diners that every meal is prepared fresh by hand daily with no added colours or MSG, Chef Khan said: “We are committed and passionate about serving delicious food from the diverse Indian subcontinent; with the focus on making the meals light, healthy and yet full of flavour.”
When we stepped into Indline from the crowded and narrow five-foot way characteristic of the old shophouses, we were pleasantly surprised by the spacious, modern and cool interiors of the eatery. Indline has a laid back atmosphere of a contemporary Indian cookery: Pick your food from the menu or the display, order from the friendly wait staff and you will be served at your table.
The verdict? We love the Lamb Vindaloo ($11), Butter Chicken ($11), Cheese Naan ($4), Goan Fish Curry ($10) and the Malai Kulfi ($4)!
In the Lamb Vindaloo, there were generous chunks of mutton and potatoes in the rich, aromatic and spicy curry. The Goan Fish Curry, simply described on the menu as ‘chickpeas cooked in brown gravy’, had chunks of firm white fish in a spicy and tangy sauce. Both mains went perfectly with the fragrant Cheese Naan.
The Butter Chicken was heady, creamy mix of spices with butter and heavy cream. My dining companions – one group wanted it to be spicier but another liked it as it was. Without dispute, the Malai Kulfi – two sticks of deliciously home-made frozen milk dessert of ground pistachios and almonds – were a great finish to the dinner.
Indline has set options for dines. There’s the Indbox ($14.50) into which diners can customise their meals of mains, salad, rice and naans. Among our dining companions were ladies who opted for the Salad box ($8.50) of a mains and a salad.
Overall, we like Indline for good food and the comfortable dining experience. The menu is simple – although it is a North Indian restaurant, there are also South Indian for variety.
Indline is on Keong Siak Road, just a stone’s throw from the beautiful Sri Layan Sithi Vinayagar Temple built in 1925. Over a period of about two weeks, we visited the restaurant three times – once for the invited media tasting session and twice with different friends for dinner. As the food is freshly prepared, diners are advised to let the staff know how spicy they want their food to be.
Indline – The Indian Cookery
28 Keong Saik Road
Opening Hours: 11:30am to 11pm (Monday – Saturday)
Tel: 6221 3280
Joh Ju is a PR professional specialising in B2B communications for clients in life sciences and hi-technology industries. Outside of work, she enjoys exploring Singapore for unique finds and good food that can be shared with her friends, family and the odd strays in the neighbourhood.
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