There are a few names that pop up whenever a craving for South Indian-style fish head curry hits. Muthu's Curry, Banana Leaf Apolo, and Gayatri Restaurant are some of the notable purveyors of this local creation. There! That's at least one dish nobody else can claim is their creation. This truly is "Uniquely Singapore" dish. Even Wikipedia says so too! You won't find this dish anywhere in India. Apparently, an Indian Singaporean chef wanted to cater to the local Chinese palate, who view fish head as a delicacy, so he put the fish head together with his Indian spices and made it all into a curry! Bring to mind the phrase, "melting pot", doesn't it?
To be honest, I can't tell the difference between all of their curry fish heads, they all belong to the thick, creamy (with lots of coconut milk) and spicy type. Not the assam type. If you want the assam type, head to Samy's Curry.
So, we obviously had the Fish Head Curry ($25 for medium) with okra and pineapple in a thick, richly potent and heady curry. The fish could have been fresher, it had a lingering "day-old-fish" smell and taste. The curry, while spicy, could have been a tad spicier. Just a smidgen. And with a little less salt. That said, the curry was suitably spicy, and quite satisfying when ladled over piping hot white rice.
Muthu's doesn't just do South Indian cuisine. In order to stay competitive, they've branched out into North Indian territory as well. They now serve up naans fresh from the tandoor, dhals and tandoori meats. We got a portion of the Garlic Naan ($4), sans coriander. These were very well done, fluffy, soft and hot, with a delectable chewy bite to them. And a barest whiff of garlicky accent. If I had to gripe, it would be that the bread was really quite overpriced.
Complimentary Poppadoms, which we used to wipe off the curry gravy.
3 Temasek Boulevard
#B1-056 Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6835 7707
Open daily from 11.30am to 3pm, 6pm to 10pm