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Hi people, I'm back for OpenRice gathering and this time, it's Samy's Curry which is located in Pacific Place. This gathering was held on November 30th, 2012 and it was Friday, plus it was raining cats and dogs for that moment and some invitees were having a hard time reaching Pacific Place, so the gathering started a bit late. But the fun began long before it started. OpenRice crew had arrived early and they're so ready to have some fun. Samy's Curry is located on the 5th floor and it has two s
Samy's Curry is located on the 5th floor and it has two seating areas, the one near the kitchen and another one near the aisle outside. Both are indoor of course. =D You can easily spot this diner since it has this authentic setting for the facade and interior, dominated with green-ish color.
The staffs here were extremely nice and friendly, yet polite. They seriously gave the best service to customers, as I think the real Indian is famous for and would do. When I arrived, OpenRice crew, Dita and Usni had asked me to order some drinks. And I ordered their recommended Samy's Lime Juice for refreshment. We even got to have some bites with their Indian Prata. After the gathering started, more dishes were served and everything just seemed delish! With lots of dishes, it certainly was a feast as if to celebrate a good event. But then again, gathering like this is always a good event. =) I will explain about the dishes later below, and I won't promise a detailed explaination (since I am not very familiar with Indian Cuisine), but I'll promise to try my best, as always.
For your information, Samy's Curry serves only Indian cuisine, and it's actually from Singapore. As I know it, Singapore is quite famous for the Indian food and I just found out that Samy's Curry (Singapore) was said to be the fifth best Indian Restaurant in Singapore as stated by http://travel.cnn.com in one of their article (11/10/2011).
Okay, enough for my words. Guess you guys might be more interested in seeing the pictures and some explanation about the food. Since I can only post 8 images here, I will post some pictures from the best (according to me) dishes only.
~ Samy's Lime Juice ~
Price: IDR 18 k
As the name suggest, it's a fresh lime juice. It's mostly made from lime (obviously). It's nice and simply refreshing with a taste of sourness, and only a hint of sweetness. For me, it's perfect, for not being over-sour and the sweet-ish after taste made it favorable. ~ Teh Tarik ~
Price: IDR 15.9 k
I did have a glass of cold Teh Tarik too, and to be honest, it wasn't the best Teh Tarik, but it's still quite good. It lacked the boldness of the tea flavor.
~ Briyani Rice ~
Price: IDR 12 k/portion
I didn't include this picture because the picture I took doesn't look too appealing, but frankly, the Briyani Rice was delicious. Briyani Rice is actually a kind of Indian rice cooked with a lot of spices to perfection. as the result, Briyani Rice is very flavorful, and in some cases, often too flavorful. But in Samy's Curry, I got to say that they cooked it nicely, and simply not overdid it. Love it.
~ Masala Chicken ~
Price: IDR 16 k/piece
Masala Chicken is not a chicken that brings 'trouble'. *uhuk, joking* But actually, it's like a thick curry chicken, but with hot spices that will rock your mouth, tongue and throat. It's very famous among Indian food lovers. In Samy's Curry, this dish was awesome, definitely one of the best. I loved it so much, for its tenderness, and its spiciness. The spiciness was perfect, and it's not unbearable. ;) ~ Chicken Tikka ~
Price: IDR 30 k (Small)
Chicken Tikka (Tikka is a name of a friend ) is one of the great dishes too. It's a kind of boneless chicken, cooked with spices and then, crispy fried. It has this red-ish color, perhaps coming from the spices. The taste was quite good, and it wasn't very spicy. It's light and quite tender, and I think it wasn't crispy as promised. It would be much better if it's crispy. ~ Mysore Mutton ~
Price: IDR 35 k (Small)
This dish consists of marinated chunks of lamb that cooked in Indian styles. It's rich in spices and looked similar to 'serondeng'. But it tasted delicious. The mutton (lamb) was very good, tender and so flavorful. When you have a bite, you'll taste the spices in the mutton, causing an orgasmic sensation. ~ Curry Mutton ~
Price: IDR 40 k (Small)
Again with the mutton! But this time, it's back with the nature, curry! Imagine juicy and tender lamb cubes and flooded in authentic Indian curry. One word, and it's delectable! Yes, the not-overwhelming-curry is perfectly suitable for the lamb cubes and I'd really recommend this dish to all food lovers! Recommended! ~ Cauliflower Sixty-Five ~
Price: IDR 15 k (Small)
This dish is quite good. It's healthy, but it's cooked in a similar method with Chicken Tikka. But this cauliflower was crunchier, and it was good. It's also suitable for children who don't like vegetables.
~ Fish Head Curry ~
Price: IDR 115k/portion (Small)
This is the signature dish in Samy's Curry. A big Angkoli (better known as White Snapper) fish head in a pool of curry, prepared by the Master Chef in authentic style. Since I'm not a big fan of Fish Head (or anything's head for that matter), I couldn't enjoy this dish. All I could enjoy is the curry, which was quite good when I tasted it with my Briyani Rice. It looked awesome though. It's just not for me. ~ Martabak ~
Price: IDR 35 k to IDR 45 k (Small)
I'm not sure what Martabak this was, but I really should say that the martabak was delicious. It was quite thick, full of meat, and it's very good. The flavor was rich and not overwhelming, and it could simply become one of the best Martabak ever. However, it's not too crispy. If only they could make it crispier, again, this would simply be the best Martabak. ~ Egg Cheese Prata ~
Price: IDR 28 k
I'm not too sure about this since I didn't get a taste at all for this dish, but when I asked my friends and fellow attendees about the taste, they said it was quite good, full of cheese and mayo. Btw, if your order this, you can always ask the staff to write something on it. ~ Basket of Papadum ~
This was the snack of the day. It is crispy fried crackers, resembles to 'Opak', but only thinner.
Other than those above, there were many other Prata dishes too but I couldn't put all the pictures here.
Well, if you ask me, I'd definitely say that Samy's Curry is a great Indian Restaurant. There are many stereotypes about Indian cuisine, such as the overwhelming flavor, the weird spices, and etc, but I really think you might have a change of thought once you come to Samy's Curry and taste the food yourselves. That's why, give Samy's Curry a chance and you'll know better. The quote, "Don't judge something unless you know them" applied here.
Thank you Samy's Curry and OpenRice for inviting me to have a taste of exotic Indian Cuisine. I had a good dinner and I'd be happy to come back again.
NB. Thank you Usni for borrowing me her Camera. All the pictures here were taken using Nikon D60. ;)
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