“indian” i said to sandra. “i want to eat indian.”
well, i like fine dining as much as anyone, but anytime you have a chance to eat curries off banana leaves, i say you need to take it. besides i can get decent restaurant indian food here in shanghai (vedas, masala arts, etc.) but indian food meaning cheap curries on rice? sign me up.
little more than a ramshackle dining room with a service counter in the back, samy’s would horrify quite a lot of people. uneven tables – ours was wobbly all night – and some desultory service, samy’s doesn’t do great first impressions on sight. however, the smell, well, that i could get used to.
i find indian food to be one of the more fragrant asian cuisines – along with thai food. not all chinese food smells mouthwatering good, and a good portion of japanese food is delicate. but the curries? mmm, that’s the smell of awesome – and samy’s was immediately fragrant as we walked back to make our order.
again, the service was a bit haphazard, but we finally found someone to take our order – some mutton curry, paneer, garlic and plain naan, briyani, some stuff i never found out what it was, but it was good – oh and the chicken! that was some especially good tandoori chicken.
sorry for the washed out look of the photo – it was completely underexposed, but i didn’t want to spend my time taking photos of the food – i was hungry. so i tried to lighten it up in post-processing, but then it all became washed out. the colors here are much more vibrant than they appear in the photo.
one of the complaints on hungrygowhere is about the cold curry – but we didn’t find that to be an issue at all – it was just good hearty mix of punjabi style curries and tandoori dishes.
we left feeling stuffed, and while not as cheap as hawker centres or india itself, it certainly was a lot more attractive price option than what i have to pay here in shanghai (punjabi aside) so i’d go back again quite easily.
Samy’s Curry Restaurant (Dempsey)
25A Dempsey Road
Tanglin Village (Dempsey Hill Green)
Tel: +65 6472 2080
2 people – well, sandra snatched the bill before i could look at it – but the websites seem to suggest S20 per person.