Michelin-starred The Song of India opens a casual diner with affordably-priced dishes

If the Michelin Guide in Singapore holds sway with you, perhaps the newly-opened Indian Express will be of interest. Put together by the team behind The Song of India, the only Indian restaurant in Singapore with a Michelin star designation (at one star), the casual Race Course Road diner dishes out northern Indian cuisine and Indian-Chinese grub at pocket-friendly prices starting from $6. Heading the kitchen is executive chef Umed Singh, formerly from — you guessed it — The Song of India and protégé of Michelin-starred chef Manjunath Mural.

What this means, then, is that you can essentially get Michelin-related fare without the exorbitant bill. And if you’re cool with that reasoning — or if you’re craving something new apart from your usual go-to Indian joint — then we think the homestyle plates at this eatery will do the trick.

Photos: Indian Express

Familiar favorites like butter chicken ($14) and palak paneer ($10) with cottage cheese cubes swimming in a sea of puréed spinach show up on the menu at Indian Express, along with a Punjabi-style tandoori mix grill platter ($19) that serves up lamb chop, fish, chicken tikka, and kebab with a splash of mint yogurt sauce. Other highlights include methi fish ($12) in a fenugreek curry with peppercorns, and Kashmiri lamb rack wazwan ($14), where the protein is rubbed with an aromatic blend of herbs.

Plus, plenty of soups, starters, desserts, lamb, seafood, chicken, and vegetarian variations, and a selection of rice and bread items make an appearance on the extensive menu.

Photos: Indian Express

On the fusion side, influenced by the Chinese settlers who arrived in Kolkata in the 1700s, the overwhelmingly long list of dishes ranges from Szechuan egg fried rice ($12) to chili garlic Hakka noodles ($10). They’re loaded with spice on top of spice, so proceed with caution if you’ve got a weak stomach.

Those hosting home parties but are too lazy/busy to cook can keep in mind the restaurant’s catering arm, where five dishes from the standard menu start from $11.90 per person, and 15 dishes goes up to $26.90 per person. Customization is also available for dietary preferences and party size.


Indian Express is at 38 Racecourse Rd.
6341-7429. Daily noon-11pm.

MRT: Little India

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