The Muthu’s Curry @ Dempsey

Al is my decade long bachelor friend. He was educated in Melbourne so when I was living there, he would tell me the name of the streets he lived and walked but till today, I have no idea which grid he was talking about. Hush 😉

We had pre-dinner drinks at a pub before deciding the venue Red Dot at Dempsey to avoid the festive crowd in Orchard Road. While having drinks, Al whipped out his handphone casually and showed me a picture of a baby. I exclaimed, “What’s that???” He laughed and said “Confession, confession…”

Al, in the recent years, had met a lovely lady and got married. His bubbly baby girl is 6 months old. After our dinner, we were having drinks at The Wine Company @ Dempsey and that’s when Al’s wife called. I got to meet her via video chat through the phone’s camera (the wonder of technology) as well as the bouncy chubby little one who was still wide awake! She reminded me of Valerie who was extra active in the night and would only sleep in the day. Al said his wife and himself are turning into Jia Jia and Kai Kai, the giant Pandas (residing in our River Safari, a river-themed zoo and aquarium). Lol…

Dempsey getting into the festive mood.

Dempsey getting into the festive mood.

Red Dot, which we originally wanted to dine in was having a party and could only accommodate us after 10pm.

Red Dot, which we originally wanted to dine in, was having a party and could only accommodate us after 10pm.

The Muthu's Curry @ Dempsey is more cozy and smaller compared to their flagship shop in Little India.

The Muthu’s Curry @ Dempsey is more cozy and smaller compared to their flagship shop in Little India.

I had the privilege of ordering the food.

I had the privilege of ordering the food.

Al had Mango Lassi (background).<br />Papadam is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian cracker, made from seasoned dough of black gram, and deep-fried fried. It is a common tidbit served before the main meal.

Al had Mango Lassi (background).
Papadam is a thin, crisp disc-shaped Indian cracker, made from seasoned dough of black gram, and deep-fried fried.
It is a common tidbit served before the main meal.

Crispy Ladies Fingers (Okra). I used to eat Bhindi Masala almost daily together with Fish Biryani when living in Dubai. Looking at the dish's composition on the menu I thought this was that. I had overlooked "Crispy". This dish was well, crispy! The weird part was serving it with sweet chilli sauce. Not bad but will not order this next time.

Crispy Ladies Fingers (Okra).
I used to eat Bhindi Masala almost daily together with Fish Biryani when living in Dubai.
Looking at the dish’s composition on the menu I thought this was that. I had overlooked “Crispy”.
This dish was well, crispy! The weird part was serving it with sweet chilli sauce.
Not bad but will not order this next time.

Chicken Tandoori served with Mint dipping sauce. The meat was marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, and plenty of spices but they weren't over powering. The mint sauce complemented the meat well.

Chicken Tandoori served with Mint dipping sauce.
The meat was marinated in yogurt, lemon juice, and plenty of spices but they weren’t over powering.
The mint sauce complemented the meat well.

Black Squid.<br />Thick gravy and succulent baby-medium sized squid had me almost eating them all by myself.<br />Needless to say, I did enjoy this dish a lot.

Black Squid.
Thick gravy and succulent baby-medium sized squid had me almost eating them all by myself.
Needless to say, I did enjoy this dish a lot.

Fish Head Curry.<br />The creamy spicy and tangy gravy did a good job on my appetite.<br />There were some ladies fingers in this dish which I enjoyed much more than the crispy version.<br />I found the fish to be fresh (I ate the eyes or rather the gelatinous part of the sockets, best way to find out if the fish was fresh) but thought the flesh to be overcooked.<br />Otherwise, it was perfect.<br />The menu states the dish to cost S$28 but we were charged S$26 so the management was being fair.

Fish Head Curry.
The creamy spicy and tangy gravy did a good job on my appetite.
There were some ladies fingers in this dish which I enjoyed much more than the crispy version.
I found the fish to be fresh (I ate the eyes or rather the gelatinous part of the sockets, best way to find out if the fish was fresh) but thought the flesh to be overcooked.
Otherwise, it was perfect.
The menu states the dish to cost S$28 but we were charged S$26 so the management was being fair.

Rice with Vegetables. This used to be served to vegetarians and cost S$3 for unlimited servings of rice back in the 80s. I'm not sure if they still have this on the menu.

Rice with Vegetables.
This used to be served to vegetarians and cost S$3 for unlimited servings of rice back in the 80s.
I’m not sure if they still have this on the menu.

Dinner for two. I hear a rumbly in my tummy :D

Dinner for two.
I hear a rumbly in my tummy 😀

I usually eat Indian food at The Banana Leaf Apollo in Little India but today, our appointed venue at Red Dot was hosting an event and they could only accommodate us after 10pm. We were too hungry to drive out of the Dempsey Hill compound to hunt for another place so we ended up at Muthu’s @ Dempsey (one of the 2 branches with the other at Suntec City).

Muthu’s Curry has been serving Southern Indian cuisine for the past 4 decades, since 1969. From Muthu Makan Shop on Klang Road to Muthu’s Curry Restaurant (flagship shop at Race Course Road), they have been quite consistent in their spicy fare, dishing out their signature Fish Head Curry and Mango Lassi (drink).

When we stepped into the restaurant, I saw Tandoori Turkey on their promotion board. I turned to Al and whispered “I hope this branch retain the traditional cooking and not turn it into some Asian-Western fusion meal.”

We opted to sit outside as there was a small gathering in the air-conditioned dining room. I was handed a menu and wasted no time ordering. The waiter offered tandoori turkey when I asked for tandoori chicken. He said the taste was similar but I was reluctant to eat this bird early. We usually have leftovers enough for the next 2 weeks after Christmas! No way Jose, I’ll pass on the turkey.

Food arrived quickly. Al was patient with me as I took pictures of our dinner. He even anticipated I needed a rice set and scooped some onto the banana leaf. That’s the beautiful part when eating with old friends.

Cheers to Al and his newly formed family. May more bundles of joy come his way 😀

Thelema Chardonnay 2010 was out and this was 2013 which I find rather young and acidic.<br />S$67.20 + 7% GST S$4.70, totaling S$71.90. There is no service charge.

Thelema Chardonnay 2010 was out and this was 2013 which I find rather young and acidic.
S$67.20 + 7% GST S$4.70, totaling S$71.90.
There is no service charge.

The Christmas decoration along Orchard Road. The traffic has thinned down tremendously after midnight.

The Christmas decoration along Orchard Road.
The traffic has thinned down tremendously after midnight.

Click to view in full:

The Muthu’s Curry @ Dempsey
Address: 7 Dempsey Road,
Singapore 249671.

Tel:+65 6474 5128 (Please to find out Muthu’s @ Dempsey’s operating hours).

The Wine Company @ Dempsey
Address: 14D Dempsey Rd,
Singapore 249688.

Tel:+65 6479 9341

Operating hours:
Mon – Thurs: 3pm – 12am
Fri: 3pm – 1am
Sat: 12nn – 1am
Sun: 12nn – 11pm

Happy eating 🙂

Click to see Muthu’s Curry @ Race Course Road here.

Click on links below to see other restaurants visited at Dempsey:
House @ Dempsey

CM-PB Cafe

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7 Responses to “The Muthu’s Curry @ Dempsey”
  1. Laura Lynn says:

    oohhh…this looks like my favorite restaurant yet. I just love curry and spicy food! Looks like a fun festive time!

  2. Jay says:

    Good Food + Bad Service = Bad Outing!
    We are regular of the Muthu Curry joint, especially the one at Dempsey.

    Today we had a very Disappointing experience. Was there with close family to celebrate Father’s Day & A Birthday. At the end we intended to cut a Cake but the staff SWITCHED OFF THE LIGHTS & AIR – CON. This is display of rude, unpleasant and unhospitable behavior harbored by the staff of a reputable Food Joint towards dinners.

    Also, they had poured soap water without any warning, This was thankful noticed by us. We carefully walked our old relatives out avoiding any possible accidents.Display of totally irresponsible attitude by the staff.

    They need to work on grooming their staff towards being considerate, welcoming and accomodating towards customers as a whole or they will loose all credibility.

    Seriously a good Food joint with rather unhospitable, irresponsible and nit bothered staff which just leaves the dinners disappointed with a BAD EXPERIENCE no matter HOW TASTY the food!!

    • Sam Han says:

      Hi Jay, I am so sorry to hear that the celebrations turned out unhappy especially when there’s older folks involved. Indeed the encounter seemed rude and especially so when you are regulars. I suggest you let the management know of this incident so that they can educate their staff to give priority to the safety of their customers. I wish you a pleasant week ahead. Thank you for visiting.

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