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The Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road)

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~$10/pax
The ancient tradition of serving food on a freshly cut Banana leaf has its roots in India. Here in Singapore, the widely popular practice of eating from a banana leaf can be traced back to The Banana Leaf Apolo. The Banana Leaf Apolo has been serving its food on a banana leaf to patrons since it opened its doors in 1974. This has become our signature! At The Banana Leaf Apolo, this practice is more than just a tradition – it is a science! If you're looking for a good place to try Indian food in Singapore, the Banana Leaf Apolo is probably the place you're trying to find. Popular with local Singaporeans, the restaurant has an excellent selection of Indian favorites. Meals are served in a traditional setting - on a banana leaf instead of a plate. The curries and sambals, the fish and seafood, the vegetarian dishes - all are marvelous, flavorful experiences at a great price.

54 Race Course Road
Singapore 218564

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Tuesday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Thursday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Friday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Saturday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Sunday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Monday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

I can’t do spicy, and this butter chicken was delicious!
Husband loved his slightly more spicy Chicken Masala

No bananas 🍌 but lots of spices

I never liked fish head curry - because the Chinese style ones make you feel gelat after a few mouthfuls or that the fish head is so skinny that all you get are bones.

The fish head curry at banana leaf has however changed my mind .

The curry is so aromatic ( and made with 26 types of spices) and non milky - just powerful punches of spices.

The fish head is also extremely fleshy and the fish meat is firm and very fresh .

Pair it with free flow rice set ( which comes with 2 sides of tasty vegetables ) and before you know it the fishhead and the whole bowl of gravy is gone 🤗

Banana leaf really serves up one of the best dishhead curries in town .

The masala chicken 🐓 at banana leaf is a taste bomb.

At 6 dollars for a serving, it is not exactly cheap but because it is so tasty and well prepared , it is really worth the buck .

There is aplenty of aromatics ( chopped onions and shallots ?) and mixed spices . It is slightly spicy with a slight tinge of sweetness. I rarely can’t tell what goes into a dish but this was a real challenge because every ingredient seemed to have been mixed in so well - and just enters the roof of your mouth and explodes with a huge flavour .

Best eaten with plain rice 🍚 . Trust me , once you get started on this dish , you can’t stop .

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Soooooooooo Good

This fish head curry was so good - it literally left me speechless because all I wanted to do was to dunk the pappadum crackers and garlic naan into the robust gravy.

Arriving pipping hot , the fish head was served with an assortment of vegetables and fresh pineapple cubes and a thick luxurious gravy that was so rich and complex in spices .The fish meat was so fresh and firm - every bite was just pure heaven .

My last trip to banana leaf was more than 3 years ago and I didn’t have too good an opinion of the fishhead curry then because the gravy was quite watered down and the fish head was rather small for the price .

However I am Glad that my craving for Indian curry fish head led me to try this place once again and I was truly not disappointed.

To complement the fish head curry, you can make an order of plain rice or Biryani basmati rice with 2 assorted side vegetables which is refillable.

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So goood!! Not overly spicy v well balanced flavours w the right amounts of tangy-ness to it. Super generous w the portion of fish too!!!

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Apolo Fish Head Curry ($24)
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It’s quite a wonder how both the Indians and Chinese have their own rendition of curry fishhead comprising the same vegetable ingredients of okra, brinjal and tomatoes. What’s missing in the Indian version is probably the tau pok to soak up all that delicious gravy. This curry fishhead from Banana Leaf Apolo is lipsmacking good with it’s tangy and spicy curry gravy which had us dousing copious amounts onto our mutton briyani. The meat on the fishhead was also plentiful and cooked just nicely with a firm texture. We couldn’t help ordering the naan platter to dunk into the gravy too!

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