Saturday, May 19, 2007

Sagar Ratna, Singapore

Pav Baji

We stopped by Little India today for a quick afternoon snack and randomly found ourselves at this place (103 Syed Alwi Road, 6341-7797) across from Mustafa and just a few doors down from Ananda Bhavan. They actually had quite a bit on the menu, including Indian Chinese food as well as a big buffet spread. But we were here for one thing: chaat, so we grabbed our usual favorites.

Pani PuriIt worked for me. The pani puri featured some of the thinnest shells I'd ever had, and were still just as tasty. What I enjoyed even more was the pav baji; with its tangy mixture and fresh garnishes, this thing got inhaled quickly. I'm getting better at using my hands properly too (although I need to figure out how to get this curry smell out of my fingers afterwards...I think rubbing them with fresh lemons might work, right?).

This place is apparently a big chain in India (the tagline here was "Delhi's No. 1 Vegetarian Paradise"), although admittedly I haven't completely settled on my Little India favorite yet, as I like nearly all of them. And yes, I know that I've been on a bit of an Indian food streak lately, but this stuff is just so darned good that I can't stop. I'll break out of it soon though...I just sometimes get into these habitual grooves from time to time.


Anonymous said...

I have eaten Sagar Ratna's pani puri, but I was very underwhelmed by the quality of the chaat: it was very disappointing, much too sweet, almost cloyingly so.

It was doubly disappointing because I had eaten at the Delhi restaurant (Connaught Circle, if I'm not mistaken) and the food there was superlative!

Anonymous said...

:) I love its Manchow soup and had had it on two different occasions. Had just popped by just now to ask about its dinner buffet which apparently was told to me by the waiter that it costs $10/pax and starts from 7pm nightly. Will probably be down with my eating buddies to check it out soon. Sagar Ratna is usually my place to go when I am eating out at Little India as it is the few Indian vegetarian outlets to serve Jain food i.e. no onion, garlic and leek, which is very welcoming for a vegetarian like me who eats none of the above :)