Friday, September 12, 2014

Slurping at Murugan's Singapore

Like hunger, physical love is a necessity. But man’s appetite for amour is never so regular or sustained as his appetite for the delights of the table.
Honore de Balzac
The place: Murugan idly shop on Syed Alwi Road, just opposite Mustafa in Little India is a great place for wholesome South Indian tiffin cuisine. A world apart in atmosphere and cuisine when compared to an eatery like the Ikea cafe, Murugan's menu is limited.
The menu: Go here for dosa, idly, vada, uttapam, and curd rice, tamarind rice, lemon rice, tomato rice, sambar rice, apart from the wonderful filter coffee of course.
The insides: It’s clean – Grade A. The food’s consistently good, and we’ve become regular customers.With hardly ten covers, it’s a cosy place. 

What we ate: The masalas dosa was fresh, crisp, very long (!) and not greasy. Served with sambar (home style. I gave it ****) and four types of chutney it was yumilicious. The mini meal with curd rice, sambar rice and tomato rice served with kachumber (onion/curd mix) and aloo sabzi and accompanied by dessert was more than a meal for one.
And what value - dosa and mini meal for 12 SD! 

Interesting aspect: At lunch time there's at least one person on tour from India digging into the food. The conversation with the host is a formality, for the hero of the moment is the dosa followed closely by the smart phone.

What’s disappointing: The filter coffee was served in disposable plastic glasses - sacrilege of the highest order.

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