Banana Leaf Apolo has been a favourite among Singapore’s fans of Indian cuisine for over forty years and counting. It’s not surprising, therefore, that this household name has had to expand to a family of two: with one in the restaurant’s spiritual homeinexile, inside the Little India Arcade along Serangoon Road, and another outlet along Race Course Road. Whether you go for one or the other, you can expect dining to be a special event, no matter if you’re looking for a quick lunchtime bite, romantic rendezvous, or some proper Bollywood celebration.
For Indian cookery to be done right, time needs to be taken, curries need to be simmered, and diners should learn to unwind, kick back and relax. This is the ethos at Banana Leaf Apolo, and it’s a formula that has made waves in Singapore’s traditionally harried and hurrying masses. Diners flock to Banana Leaf Apolo’s Little India Arcade restaurant, along Serangoon Road, to take the edge off city living and indulge in the fragrant, spicy delicacies of Indian cuisine, accompanied by a generous glass of wine, preferably!
While casual dining is what Banana Leaf Apolo is famous for (and by casual we mean really casual, like kick off your shoes and do some discreet yoga while waiting for your food to arrive casual), this Little India restaurant has long been a default destination for those looking to put on a little culinary celebration – birthday parties, corporate bashes, anniversaries (and weddings). And by long we mean for the past fortyodd years. Indeed, Banana Leaf Apolo’s family of Indian restaurants, including this one down Serangoon Road, are among the longest standing in Singapore. Put yourself under the tender care of this venerable Indian eatery and allow yourself to drift into gastronomic nirvana.
Really busy and buzzy place, no frills but excellent food and very reasonable prices. We had a lovely meal, and will certainly return next time we're in Singapore. Thanks for the reservation.
Fantastic! Their Fish Head Curry is the best! Try the Mutton Mysore too!
Food is not bad, it's quieter than the main branch at Race Course Road, but a bit expensive.
Food was excellent - We had the Moghul Biryani Sets with add-ons of butter chicken, mysore mutton and masala chicken. However, the speed of service was too slow ( e.g. order taking, food serving, drinks top-up, etc.) as the restaurant seemed understaffed for the weekend lunch time crowd, hence parring down the overall experience. Recommend visiting for the food regardless, perhaps at non-peak timings if you do not wish to wait long.
Good tasty food we ordered butter chicken, lady fingers and fish head curry. One minor issue is that the fish head curry appears to contain MSG...we were so very thirsty afterwards. Quite disappointing regarding MSG use. Romali roti was delicious though.
Rather poor biryani that I had. The waiting staff were inattentive. Toilets were not convenient and were not managed by the restaurant. Overall fair to poor experience