Muthus Curry House Singapore

Muthus Curry House
Written by Aksel Ritenis
Muthus Curry HouseMuthu’s is a local institution that is synonymous with one local delicacy, fish head curry, a giant fish head floating in a huge portion of delicious curry soup, its eye staring and teeth grinning. The cheek meat is the best part of the fish, but to be truly polite, let your friend eat the eye. The list of accompanying dishes is long and includes crab masala, chicken biryani, and mutton curry, with fish cutlet and fried chicken sold by the piece. We’re not talking the height of dining elegance here, but Muthu’s really has come a long way since its simple coffee shop opening, with its recent shift to newer, larger digs, with matching tables and chairs! I miss the old grotty ambience, but still it’s a good place to try this dish.

A visit to Singapore is never complete without passing through the pretty and colorful shop houses of Little India. In Singapore, 8.8% of the total population is Indian, thus the influx of goods and services from India, including their cuisine. The richness of the Indian culture meets the diversity of local Peranakan heritage that produces a very lively and dynamic local cuisine distinctly Singapore.Muthus Curry House dishes

Muthu’s Curry let’s you choose without having to ask for an explanation of the whole menu. For those unfamiliar with Indian food, such as myself, it really helps to see what the food looks like, rather than just try to imagine it. Curry is an English word derived from the Indian word “kari” which means sauce or gravy. One theory is that the Philippine dish “kare-kare” may have had its roots in Dravidian cuisine of using peanut sauce with meats, as is common with its Southeast Asian neighbors. Theory, not a rule. Could be wrong.

Masala is a mixture of spices more flavorful than curry, at least in my opinion.

Fear not, its not as spicy as it seems. When partnered with Naan (Indian oven-baked flatbread) it is incredibleThe star of the show, Fish Head Curry ala Muthu’s. It was delicious. The best I have ever had. The curry was not too hot, just right. The fish is tender yet a little chewy to the bite, which tells you that the fish they used is fresh.

Muthus Curry House DessertWhen you visit Singapore, don’t miss lunch at Muthu’s Curry. The average meal will cost around SGD $25 to $30 dollars. Don’t forget to have some of their red wine or their signature lime juice to go with all that curry goodness.

Go either at the start or toward the end of mealtime, so you don’t get lost in the rush and can find staff with more time to help you. They’ve recently opened another branch in town at 3 Temasek Blvd., #B1-056, Suntec City Mall (tel. 65/6835-7707).


ADDRESS: 138 Race Course Road #01-01Singapore 218591
+65 6392 1722

ADDRESS: 3 Temasek Boulevard B1-056Suntee City Mall Singapore 038983
+65 6835 7707

Southern Indian
Daily 10am-10pm
Sundays and Public Holidays
Reservations recommended
Small dishes S$4-S$13 (US$2.70-US$8.70/£1.80-£5.85);

fish head curry from S$21 (US$14/£9.45)

Race Course Road – Farrer Park Station
Take E9 Exit to get to the restaurant
Suntee City Mall – Cityhall Station

Race Course Road – Bustop Outside Broadway Hotel
23, 64, 65, 67, 147, 857, 139, 131, NR6, C3 City Bus, 65M
Suntee City Mall – 36, 70, 97, 857, 133, 518

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