Sunday, December 6, 2009

Garam Masala: A review

Yesterday was my best friend's last day of a two-week visit. We wanted to take her somewhere nice for her last dinner here in Singapore. We had planned a trip to Lau Pasat, but a heavy rain forced us to change our plans at the last minute. Since we were already headed into the City, we thought we'd check out a stretch of restaurants at Boat Quay. We've walked by them several times and admired the beautiful view of the city lights reflected on the peaceful water of the Singapore River. We finally settled on a nice looking Indian restaurant toward the end of the strip.

Unfortunately, the river view was the ONLY thing Garam Masala had going for it. We ordered Butter Chicken and Naan, our favorite Northern Indian dish. What we got were a few chunks of chicken smothered in what seemed to be a cross between tomato soup and ketchup and a stack of dry, thin bread discs. And, all for about 4 times as much as we pay at the Indian restaurant down the road from our house.

The madness didn't end there. . . we also ordered Chicken Fried Rice for the kids and a bowl of Hot and Sour Soup (they had a Chinese menu as well as an Indian). For $18, we got a small plate of absolutely flavorless fried rice swimming in oil. The peas were hard little pellets and the chicken was so fatty I couldn't find any decent pieces to give the kids. The soup was equally horrible. . . so much so that we sent it back and refused to pay for it.

If you're ever in Singapore, I'd encourage you to enjoy a nice evening overlooking the City skyline and sparkling river at Boat Quay. Just don't plan on eating!

6 comments:

Yvette said...

good times =)

Jess(ica) said...

wow, that is awful! At least the view was nice. And I am glad to see you on your Singapore blog again!

kirsten michelle said...

Sounds like they rely a little too heavily on atmosphere to draw people in!!

Crystal said...

Hi...

My husband is currently interviewing with a bank in Singapore and things are looking good (fingers crossed). If all goes well, we'll be moving there in a month or two.

I was wondering if we could talk some time via email and/or if you might be willing to post advice to other moms about to move to Singapore. I have an almost 15 month old, so I paid close attention to your post about stroller accessibility.

My concerns are things like finding other new moms (we're not religious, so I wouldn't find one through a church), getting around without a car, replacing sippy cups, buying diapers--stuff like that.

I'm relieved to see that there will be some familiar things like IKEA and California Pizza Kitchen, but it's hard to imagine life without Target.

I have some books coming via amazon, but it would be great to get the perspective of someone who's there.

Thanks (only if you have the time, of course!)--Crystal

Crystal said...

Forgot to give you my email...

I'm cnanavati at gmail

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