A trip to Khansama Tandoori Restaurant in the heart of Singapore’s Little India is a history lesson in culinary tradition, especially that of the Punjabi, north Indian cuisine in which this kitchen down Serangoon Road specialises. Take a seat indoors, or on the shady, breezy terrace if you’re lucky (this popular joint is often busy) and indulge in some proper Punjabi hospitality. It’s not surprising that this restaurant is the most sought after North Indian tandoori restaurant in Singapore.
Khansama Tandoori Restaurant is just as eager to educate its guests as it is to treat them to the kind of premium service and high-quality cuisine that one delights in finding when hunting through the colourful part of Singapore known as Little India. Located along Serangoon Road, Khansama reminds us of the etymology of the word tandoor, ascribing its origin to the Semitic word for fire. Fire is certainly on the cards here, from the tandoor clay oven itself to the spicy dishes on offer.
Northern Indian and Punjabi cuisine is a specialty of Khansama Tandoori Restaurant – this goes for the central Little India outpost along Serangoon Road as well as its Science Park sister and the associated Jungle Tandoor. Signature dishes include the Punjabi tadka, delectable and eminently shareable thali selections, mouth-watering kebab zayka and tangdi kebab, keema mattar, old favourites like butter chicken and a range of biryani, and the novel vegetable-stuffed crispy pastry cones served with a capsicum raita. Of course, each dish is cooked fresh and can be adjusted according to your needs.
Our go too place for great Indian food. Love it.
The service was superb. Three of us were seated upstairs rightaway and served food in 5-7 minutes. Quality of food is darn good specially chili chicken and simple dal tadka. Quantity which is sometimes lacking in S’pore was not a problem here. We will come back here.
Super sized portion and outstanding taste as always. Went with a friend of mine during lunch time and we've enjoyed our palak paneer and naan so much! Highly recommend their chilled honey water with saffron - great combo to beat the hot weather!
Fabulous selection of food and great service. Loved the fact that Kingfisher beer was available. The mixed naan basket is a great way to taste all of the naans.
Had to go through 3 servers and show each of them my reservation confirmation email before getting seated on the second floor of the restaurant as we had asked for air-con seating. The restaurant was pretty quiet when we arrived at 5.20pm with a handful of customers. It gets crowded from 6pm onwards and can get quite noisy when people are talking loudly. We also noticed that many of their ceiling lights were flickering when they turned on all the lights as it got dark. The furniture/setting upstairs is more traditional style. Their tables are a bit higher than usual and chairs are really heavy and difficult to move/push around. There isn't a lot of leg space from the table skirt (wood) and the top of your thighs when seated, so not the most comfortable of sitting arrangements. Their hot teh halia was prepared less sweet for us as requested and the tea was smooth and silky but the tea flavour wasn't strong/rich enough. We ordered the half tandoori chicken, palek paneer, fish methi and mixed bread basket to share. The tandoori chicken was a bit disappointing as it was served warm (not hot) and a bit on the dry side. We would have liked a crispier texture or a bit of char on the outside. Portion was also a bit small for half a chicken. The palek paneer and fish methi were tasty and of good sized portions. Lots of ingredients (chunks of cottage cheese and fish respectively) in both dishes and you're not just getting more gravy/sauce with these dishes. There was a bit too much raw-tasting onions in the palek paneer for my liking though. We particularly loved the cheese and butter naans in the mixed bread basket which consisted of 6 different types/flavours of flatbreads. Some of the breads were a bit dry and hard to bite into. Really good value for the portion size but may be too much for 2 persons. Communication can be difficult sometimes as some of their servers don't seem to speak/understand English, but generally a pleasant enough experience here.
One of my regular Indian food places. The server was secretly smiling when I asked for the mutton vindaloo to be more spicy. Probably an acknowledgement that I called them out toning down the spice heat to suit the majority's palate. The mutton vindaloo was still not spicy enough that evening. Overall, the food was excellent. My friend, whom I brought to the restaurant for the first time, was all praises. Loved the tandoori. Good value for money. Will come back again for sure.
Food was delicious, we had 3 types of bread/naan/prata, and had a special preference towards Aloo Gobi. Though prices are slightly high for a shophouse like restaurant, it was still packed with like-minded groups who share their love for the well-tasting food served. Admidst our dinner, a small mouse was seen near the corner of the shop on the second level. The staffs were apologetic about it and offered to switch tables to the first level of the shop. May visit again if the prices are lowered.
Has been a regular at this place. Never disappointed. Food is always excellent. The kebab on its own is a tad on the salty side. Will definitely have to eat it with rice, naan, chapati or some other staples in order to achieve that balance on the palate.
Great service and wonderful food! I was the third of my group of friends to arrive and they immediately knew who I was. They were also attentive to our needs without needing me to constantly get their attention.
I am a repeated customer for years. I always order butter chicken, tikka malasa chicken, naan and masala hot tea. Highly recommend for anyone who are interested in good northern Indian cuisine. Overall, awesome service and food.