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Some wonder why I would step into Famous Islamic Restaurant in Singapore when I can stuff my face with ramen, burger and beer. Well, a few of my Muslim readers asked me where they could find halal food in Singapore. I asked some of my colleagues and they recommended this restaurant. Apparently, it’s their go-to eating place in Singapore.
Famous Islamic Restaurant has been around since 1921 and is known for its briyani and mutton curry. Truth be told, I found the place very touristy and the décor quite passé. Service needed some polishing. The waiters were unfriendly and no pictures were allowed in the restaurant. I was however, allowed to take photographs of the food I ordered.
For a place what commanded so much hype, the briyani was a letdown. While the grains were well separated, the briyani wasn’t fluffy nor did it have a good bite. On top of that, it lacked aroma and richness. I wasn’t bowled over by the chicken or mutton either. The former tasted one-dimensional while the mutton although tender, had a strong, gamey smell. I reckon it could be because I’m used to the deeply flavoured meats at JM Beriani and the briyani places in Batu Pahat.
The squid curry was spicy but lacked aroma. I also thought it could use more richness from the coconut milk as this curry gravy didn’t leave me satisfied. The squid pieces were fairly tender, but they weren’t exactly the freshest as some parts of the tentacles tasted a bit fishy.
Overall, I found the restaurant overhyped. While it’s reasonably priced – both the chicken and mutton briyani was SGD7.50 – the food was very average.
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Food: 5/10 (halal)
Verdict: Reasonably priced but the food was nothing to shout about.
Famous Islamic Restaurant
745 North Bridge Road
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Tel: 6298 7563