Bombay Woodlands Restaurant, Singapore
Holy Cow! (and I say that as a mildly intentional pun given this place is an Indian vegetarian place) I was totally floored tonight. I'm not a huge fan of the usual South Indian curry and rice thing, and I'm also far from a vegetarian (with the possible exception of Original Sin). So when the sign in front of this place said that it was an Indian Vegetarian place (19 Tanglin Road #B1-01/02, Tanglin Shopping Centre, 6235-2712), I clinched up a bit, thinking that I wouldn't like it. Oh man, was I wrong. This is one of the better meals that I've had. Who'd have known??
What the heck was so good? The Paper Masala Dosa simply kicked ass. It was paper thin with a good amount of grease, and one of the chutneys was even more mindblowing: made from coconut milk, chili, and dal, this chutney almost tasted like a spicy sesame. WOW. The Tamarind Rice was also cooked just right and with just the right amount of spices - no more, no less (gotta love the raita and little papads too). The mildly sour rasam soup was thin and spicy, providing a great complement to an already amazing meal. I finished it off with some masala tea as I questioned my carnivorous values.
OK, honestly, I felt a bit incomplete after this meal - I was almost craving a McDonald's burger. But I was still totally blown away by this place and never thought that I could like a vegetarian meal so much. And it was cheap too (by Orchard Road standards anyway). I'm definitely coming back here.
Interestingly, it looks like they are open at 9:30 AM, which makes me contemplate coming here for breakfast one of these days. They've got a buffet lunch too; I normally hate buffets, but I'm willing to give this one a try. Two very big thumbs up from me here. (Wow - I guess I really do like South Indian food after all!)