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Friday, October 17, 2014

[Food Review] Islamic Restaurant


The Islamic Restaurant has a long history which dates way back to the 1920s. Opened for as long as 90 over years and spanning 4 generations, it still serves one of the BEST NASI BERYANIs in SINGAPORE which is also it's trademark here.


 ** Nasi is a Malay word for Rice but there are many ways to spell Biryani (briyani,biriani, buriyani, beryani or beriani). However, one thing in common is that biryani is a set of rice-based foods made with spices, rice (usually Basmati – very fragrant, long grained rice with light airy texture) and chicken, mutton, fish, eggs or vegetables. And the name is derived from the Persian word beryā(n) which means “fried” or “roasted”.

We reached here slightly before dinner and restaurant was fairly packed which is very good for a weekday! Decorated with  many pictures and antiques against walls of green, red and yellow, this restaurant is not your typical 'prata shop'. It feels to me like a high class coffee shop of style and substance!



Regular patrons of this famous restaurant include Singapore's First President, the late Encik Yusoff Ishak, President S.R Nathan, the former Chief Justice Wee Chong Jin and a throng of Parliament members, lawyers and doctors. If you're lucky, you may even catch state lomousines packing the glorious fare for royalties!

Stairway leading to the upper part of the restaurant.



Upstairs is an area catered for functions, birthday parties and large gatherings or when it's fully packed downstairs.


Here comes the famous Nasi Beryani (Chicken), $8. Curry is very aromatic and fragrant, this whole concoction has sourish and spicy flavours which is not overwhelming and every grain of rice is deliciously infused with rich and tantalizing flavours. Chicken is huge and very tender and tasty too. We truly agree that this is really one of the BEST NASI BERYANI we have tried so far. Besides chicken, they serve this with Mutton or Fish which are also very popular too.

Kashmiri Naan $2.50. Flat bread with dried fruits. Naan with a tinge of sweetness as it contains dried fruits. This is our first time trying Kashmiri naan and we were happy to have tried this as it's a refreshing change from the normal naans.


Lashuni Naan ($2.20), Naan topped with garlic. Goes very well when dipped with their different curries and gravies, it's also very good on its own too.

Mutton Goa ($8), succulent pieces of mutton with their rich and aromatic gravy!

Butter Chicken ($8), boneless chicken cooked with thick, creamy and divine butter gravy.

We really loved the food so much that we cleared the plates!

Last but not least, we ended the fantastic meal with Caramel Pudding ($4). The pudding was sticky and chewy drizzled with a generous splash of caramel syrup.

This is one restaurant which you must really try if you love curries, their quality will not disappoint for sure and be prepared for an unforgettable meal :)

ISLAMIC RESTAURANT

745 North Bridge Rd
T: 6298 7563 
Open: Daily 10:00-21:00
Websitehttp://www.islamic.sg
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islamic.sg





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