Little India, a historical gem and ethnic district in Singapore, was once a racecourse and cattle trading hub. Today, it is a vibrant enclave that not only showcases the best of the Indian community in Singapore but also specks of other cultures; this is what truly embodies our melting pot culture of our little island. Embark on a gastronomical journey that features delicious Indian cuisine and also other family-friendly favs in these eateries that Little Steps has shortlisted for you!
Feeling adventurous? The food at this restaurant takes you to different regions in India! Tangra is a region in East Calcutta, India where there are large populations of migrant Chinese. It is said that fusion Indian-Chinese cuisine originated from this region. As it’s name suggests, the restaurant serves fusion Chindian cuisine. It is also famous for its exotic Tibetan and Indian Himalayan delicacies! Flavors of ginger, nutmeg, Sichuan peppercorn and cilantro are featured prominently in some of the dishes.
Fifth Season Tangra Chinese, 28 Race Course Road, Singapore 218550, +65 6293 4842, www.fifthseason.com.sg. Opens daily 11:30am – 3pm, 6:30pm – 10:30pm.
Authentic French cuisine is a surprise find at Little India. As its name implies, the restaurant serves Brittany-inspired dishes. Chef Xavier Le Henaff and his team are masters of homemade charcuterie and Breton surf and turf. Fresh Atlantic seafood is imported daily to the restaurant. Kid’s menu is available on request too!
Breton Restaurant & Bar, 554 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218166, +65 6299 3544, www.breton.com.sg. Opens Tuesdays – Fridays 3pm – 10pm, Saturdays & Sundays 11:30am – 10:3pm. Closed on Mondays.
An absolute go-to place for authentic South Indian cuisine, dining at Komala Vilas is a unique cultural experience. Food is served on traditional Indian metal dining ware and banana leaves. The signature items are the Masala dosai pancakes, steamed lentil idli, frothy chai tea and chilled mango lassi. Eating with hands without cutlery is common practice at this restaurant. Little ones will delight in this unique sensory experience.
Komala Vilas Restaurant, 76-78 Serangoon Road, Singapore 217981, +65 6293 6980, www.komalavilas.com.sg. Opens daily 7am – 10:30pm.
Cedele’s ethos has always been “Eat Well. Be Well.” As a pioneer of healthy food options, the menu focuses on serving honest and wholesome food. You and your little ones be spoilt for choices here with freshly baked rustic breads, artisanal sandwiches, hearty soups and many other nutritious options.
Cedele Bakery Café, 180 Kitchener Road #04-17, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539, +65 6509 9762, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.cedelegroup.com. Opens daily 8am – 10pm.
This is a great place for those with a ravenous appetite for North Indian cuisine. The lunch and dinner buffet is value for money. The robust flavors of curries, chutneys, paneer, freshly baked naan and traditional desserts are tantalizing and satisfying. The friendly servers made the dining experience especially pleasant for families with young children.
The Banana Leaf Apolo is one of the oldest Indian restaurants in Singapore. Located within the Little India Arcade, diners will be greeted by whiffs of aromatic spices, upbeat Bollywood music and colorful displays of food. Offering more than just curry, the restaurant serves Indian, Mexican, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine.
Pancakes, albeit different cooking style, is a staple in many cuisines. At Paddington House of Pancakes (PHOP), you can try all sorts of pancakes, from traditional American flapjacks, Czech Palacinky, French crepes to Russian Blini and many more. The choices are extensive. We love how the dining space is capacious and stroller friendly too!
With over 1000 outlets in Asia, Saizeriya is a successful Italian chain restaurant, offering everyday Italian staples at affordable prices. The casual dining atmosphere makes it ideal for any occasion with the kids. The family friendly services make dining at Saizeriya a breeze.
Saizeriya Italian Restaurant, 180 Kitchener Road #B2-55/56, City Square Mall, Singapore 208539, + 65 6834 4877, www.saizeriya.com.sg. Opens daily 11am – 10pm.
The fuss-free décor at Super Dario lets the food speak for itself. The friendly service offered by the staff makes you feel like you’re dining with pals. The assortment of lasagne are freshly made at the café daily. Healthy, hearty and delicious – it’s the ultimate comfort food for the family.
While its name sounds like a formalistic institution, the Malayan Council is a laidback café which occupies a dual-storey shophouse. The menu offers fusion Malayan-Western fare. However, the café is renowned for their decadent cakes and desserts. Little ones could be occupied by the old school deck of card games and Carrom board tables while dining here.
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