If you want pure vegetarian South Indian food, then I would recommend Murugan Idli Shop. I thought their logo of steaming idlis was simple and enticing. It’s a 15 year old chain from Chennai in South India, with 2 outlets in Singapore. Checked out the one at Syed Alwi Road which is just opposite the famous 24 hour shopping haven – Mustapha. There’s another branch at Rowell Road.
I must admit that I prefer the service I get at Komala Villas. Perhaps I feel more at home there due to the nostalgia factor of having patronized the place for decades. Perhaps the food has been localized over the decades too. Find one particular head waiter there, very attentive and professional. He tops up our various items without even us asking. Now that’s service. Was also missing the thicker coconut chutney. The chutneys here seemed a bit dilute. But they did top up the chutneys when we asked. I wonder if the Idlis would have been fresher if I had come for breakfast instead. Maybe my expectations were too high, since I heard my aunts mention that this is the place to order idlis from and I was imagining idlis that melted in your mouth.
Overall the meal was good, but comparatively more expensive, perhaps as this is a famous chain. One Idli cost S$1.65. My companion pointed out that at other restaurants you get 2 for S$2. The Ghee Dosai cost S$4.25 and it was crisp goodness. The best item for me, was the Onion Uthappam which was fluffy tasty and not oily somehow. I don’t usually go for uthappum, but that was yummy indeed, and even better than the Dosai. Cost S$4.25. The full meal came to S$11.15 including GST.
The best part – the meal was very light and I did not feel bloated after as I usually do at other places. We didn’t get drinks here as we were hankering for tea, but they only had coffee on the menu. I am figuring the coffee must be pretty good but perhaps I’ll try it another day. I have fond memories of the tea and coffee I had in India. Somehow the street vendors were the best.
The Travelling Hungry Boy enjoyed the Idlis here and I wish I had seen his review as we missed getting the additional sauce – podi and ghee. Miss Gluten Free reveals why the meal was so good and light. So this was why I didn’t feel bloated after the meal. I just discovered that imitation or mock meat is made from Gluten and I really hate it. I just don’t understand the concept of mock meat and I think I am not alone in this. New places sometimes take time to grow on me. Think I’m going to start developing a craving for Murugan like Imp and perhaps as Notabilia recommended I should have gone early for breakfast.
Murugan Idli Shop
#81, Syed Alwi Road,
Singapore – 207660.
Telephone: 0065 – 62980858