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Earl of Hindh
For traditional desserts in a cove-side setting
Guests would appreciate the swanky, colonial interiors of Earl of Hindh, and the exclusive Sentosa Cove setting even more. This restaurant's reputation is burgeoning, past its leather Chesterfield sofas. Sit at the breezy al fresco area to tuck in to your fill of kebabs, curries, and signature desserts – gulab jamun (deep-fried, dried milk balls in sugar syrup, $16) and mango pistachio cookies (four pieces, $17). The latter make a worthy round-up to a surely satisfying meal.
Book a table here | Address: 31 Ocean Way, #01-16 Quayside Isle | Opening hours: Tue-Sun noon-10.30pm
For a luxurious buffet experience, with desserts
The Grand Palki's luxe décor reflects the origins of its name: a palki is a hand-carried carriage that ferries the rich in erstwhile India. Jusifying the occasion, sweet treats are mandatory. One of the must-try desserts would include the gulab jamun (balls made of condensed milk with flour, $12), and you can wash it down with a glass of masala tea ($8). There’s also the option of a buffet lunch ($48); star dishes on the buffet menu include a machi sarsoni (fish curry) and paneer shashlik (vegetable kebab).
Book a table here| Address: 1 Cuscaden Road, #03-02 The Regent Hotel | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm
The Mango Tree Indian Coastal Restaurant
For large groups leaning towards seafood and intriguing desserts
For Indian cusine that is more than kebabs and curries, book a table at the Mango Tree for Deepavali celebrations. Their seafood dishes are extravagant – you won't go wrong with the Malabar seafood platter (tiger prawns, fish, squid and soft shell crabs, $65). The establishment is also known for the array of desserts available, with the semiya payasam (vermicelli in milk, cashewnuts and sultanas, $6.50) and carrot halwa (carrot-flavoured dense, sweet confection, $6.50) highlighted as must-tries.
Book a table here | Address: 112 East Coast Road, #03-11 112 Katong | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-10.30pm; Fri-Eve of PH 11.30am-11pm; Sat, Sun and public holidays 11.30am-10.30pm
For popular, traditional and heavenly confectionery
Punjab Grill resonates within the upper echelons of Indian culinary finesse, serving some of the truest dishes that tap on age-old recipes, like the Multani paneer tikka (marinated and grilled paneer (cottage cheese cubes, $32). For Deepavali however, the restaurant showcases their sweeter side with the Diwali sweet boxes special (available for takeaways): 12 pieces of jannat mithai (heavenly sweets) for $35 and the 20-piece Royal Mithai Sweet Box at a slightly more expensive $40. If you are eating in, celebrate with a sweet finish of the mango saffron crème brûlée, served with pineapple sorbet ($15).
Book a table here | Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
For a vegetarian buffet and handmade sweets and goodies
For a touch of sweet festivity on a meaningful day, this North Indian restaurant has come up with traditional homemade Deepavali goodies, available for takeaways in elegant gift boxes and sleek jars. Some of the tasty tidbits would include stuffed kaju roll (cashew nut roll), milk cake, besan burfi (candy made with chickpea flours that has a fudge-like consistency), and crispy mathris (deep-fried discs of spiced pastry). Take the Shahi Celebration Box (chef’s selection of 24 pieces of mithai, $62), as well as a jar of assorted mathris for $18. On Deepavali day (2 November), they are hosting a celebratory kebab and biryani buffet dinner: book yourself in for all-you-can-eat vegetarian and non-vegetarian kebabs and several varieties of biryani for $66 per person.
Book a table here | Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre | Opening hours: Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
Shish Mahal Restaurant and Pub
For worthy Indian and Nepali treats
Known for its forte in Royal Indian and Nepalese cuisine, Shish Mahal has also jumped on the Diwali sweets promotion bandwagon. A box of 12 treats ($18), comes with a delicious combination of motichoor ke laddu (fried, rice-pearl balls), chocolate raskadam (chocolate-flavoured dried-milk balls) and Nepal ka soan papdi (flaky, milk candy). Book yourself an al fresco spot to settle in for Diwali dinner, before gorging on these sweets.
Book a table here | Address: 180 Albert Street, #01-20 Albert Court Hotel | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-11.30pm
The Song of India
For limited edition hand-crafted sweets with a modern twist
Packaged in luxurious, handcrafted mithai boxes, Song of India’s holiday treats are traditional favourites impacted with modish touches. The Deepavali Delight gift box ($45) is a sure-fire way to please family and friends – comprising 20 sweets that come in four varieties. As each sweet is handcrafted with great detail and effort by the masterful in-house sweet-maker, numerous boxes are usually snapped up fast; orders can be placed via 97309725 or 68360055. Do also try the establishment’s Deepavali tasting menu ($89 per person) for doses of shahi kofta curry (spinach and cheese dumplings in smoked tomato sauce) and malai kulfi (an ice-cream like Indian dessert). Promotion ends 3 November.
Book a table here | Address: 33 Scotts Road | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 6-10.30pm
For wholesome crabs and local desserts
Gather your loved ones at Spice Brasserie, and tuck into their splendid crazy crab night on Saturday, 2 November. For just $58 per person, savour ten different crab dishes – from the pungent masala crab to the local-flavoured salted egg yolk crab. This buffet is usually held on Fridays, but its popularity has now made it a welcome extension for crab lovers on Saturdays – falling nicely on Deepavali as well. For sweet-toothed guests, the DIY ice kachang station would be a refreshing dessert to end the meal with.
Spice Brasserie | Address: 181 Kitchener Road, 2F Parkroyal Hotel | Tel: 64283160 | Opening hours: Daily 6-10.30am, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm
For an inventive, eat-all-you-can sumptious spread
At the regal, Grand Hyatt hotel, Straits Kitchen is taking on Deepavali with panache, offering lunch and dinner specials ($54 and $68 per person, respectively) that include free-flow selected juices, tea tarik and coffee tarik. Mains comprise delicious options such as Bangali machi curry (Bengali-style fish curry) as well as nalli briyani (bone-in mutton Hyderabadi briyani). Not to be missed are of course, the desserts – with kaju roll (Cashew and pistachio roll) and kheer (Indian rice pudding) stealing the show. Available only on 1 and 2 November.
Straits Kitchen | Address: 10 Scotts Road | Tel: 67321234 | Opening hours: Daily 6.30am-midnight
For a lavish meal with signature dry desserts
Nothing comes quite close to the exceptional hospitality and opulence that is displayed at Tiffin Room, Raffles Hotel’s answer to a five-star Indian culinary experience. The thali set A ($75 per person) has choices such as tandoori salmon and lamb Chettinad (lamb cubes with coconut curry leaf cooked in South Indian style) – an explosion of flavours on the tastebuds. Another menu you can try is Menu V ($60 lunch, $75 dinner) from which you can snack on sweets like the kaju burfee (cashew nut candy) and doda burfee (barley flour with dry nuts and sugar).
Book a table here | Address: 1 Beach Road, Raffles Hotel | Opening hours: Daily 7am-10.30am, noon-2.30pm, 3.30-5.30pm, 7-10pm; Sun 11.30am-2.30pm