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Samy's Curry Restaurant (Dempsey)

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Samy's Curry was founded by the late Mr. M. Veerasamy, back in the 1950's. Mr.Veerasamy, who himself was an excellent chef, is credited with the creation of several signature dishes like Chicken Masala, Fish Cutlet and Mysore Mutton.

Mr. Veerasamy started Samy's Curry as a small establishment in Tank Road back in the 1950's. After which he moved the restaurant to the Ministry of Social Affairs at Pears Hill. Then he finally moved to the restaurant's current location at Dempsey Road in the early 1980's.

In 1982, Mr.Veerasamy's son Mr.Maheyndran took over the restaurant. The restaurant became a popular place among locals and tourists alike for Fine South Indian Cuisine.

Our signature dishes like Masala Chicken, Fish Cutlet, Fish Head Curry are offered at affordable prices and are a must-have if you're visiting Singapore!

Samy's also provides catering services for private functions and household parties. We have a team of professional caterers to help you make your event a success.

So make sure you call us the next time you're hosting a special event! Our team of dedicated and diligent caterers will ensure that your event goes off without a hitch and your special occasion turns into a truly memorable one.

Daily: 11:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:00 - 22:00

Closed: Tue

+65 64722080
$23 based on 46 submissions
Dinner (20 votes), Large Groups/Gathering (16 votes), Children/Family (14 votes)
Ti Ming Tan

Solid, Reasonably Priced Curry Fish Head

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Samy's Curry is one of the stalwarts of Dempsey - something like 30 years old! It's a non-air-conditioned, pretty casual dining place. 

The fish head curry is pretty nice! Snapper head was fresh and well cooked, and the curry was fragrant. The rest of the dishes we tried were hit and miss - masala chicken tasty but dry, the dry cooked lamb was perhaps a tad bit spicy for our tastes.

Overall an OK place to satisfy any fish head curry cravings but do turn up early especially on weekends as parking can be annoying.

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14 Dec 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

absoulutly a joke. The service is terrible and the food served cold. don't waste your money.

the waiter showed us to a atable and asked what did we want without even showing a menu. He then tried and push the most expensive on the menu. The vegetable side dishes were tasteless and greasy. The nan bread was the worse I have ever tasted.

Go to Little India instead. The only nice thing I had was a hieniken.
Fish Head Curry
27 Sep 2014 • 58 reviews • 4 followers

Solid, Reasonably Priced Curry Fish Head

Please visit blog for full review and pictures.

Samy's Curry is one of the stalwarts of Dempsey - something like 30 years old! It's a non-air-conditioned, pretty casual dining place. 

The fish head curry is pretty nice! Snapper head was fresh and well cooked, and the curry was fragrant. The rest of the dishes we tried were hit and miss - masala chicken tasty but dry, the dry cooked lamb was perhaps a tad bit spicy for our tastes.

Overall an OK place to satisfy any fish head curry cravings but do turn up early especially on weekends as parking can be annoying.
19 Mar 2014 • 257 reviews • 39 followers

disappointing

I remembered frequenting Samy's before Dempsey was invaded by trendly restaurants. There was a man whom you have to purchase a ticket from (for parking?) and the food was good and inexpensive. I remembered prompt service by staff with will pour piping hot fragrant hot vege dishes on your banana leaf while while ceiling fans swirled overhead.  So I decided on renewing my relationship with this notable dempsey institution but was utterly disappointed.   The chicken masala at $5 a piece is dry and lacks oomph and we were charged $6 for a few pieces of battered cauliflower. I requested for some more chicken masala sauce twice ut my request was never reverted! Probably Samy's response to higher rental was higher prices and lower quality of cooking.    So I had disappointed a friend who always looked upon me for good food places. And my fond memories will remain as that, not to be relived again.
Fish head Curry
12 Dec 2013 • 71 reviews • 7 followers

Oldest and Best Fish Head Curry in Dempsey

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In contrary to the review below mine, I loved the Fish head curry and found absolutely no fish odour. Mine was definitely served fresh; perhaps they liked me better :p   Samy's Curry, the oldest restaurant in Dempsey before all the fancy restaurants moved in. Awesome Indian Fish head curry that you must try, as well as pretty good Indian dishes like Masala Chicken.    Not cheap though and looking at the setting you might find it looks like a Coffeeshop. However, the service here is TOP-NOTCH, better than many restaurants I've been to.   
25 Sep 2013 • 21 reviews • 0 follower

Very decent Indian food - try the masala chicken and avoid the fish head curry.

For pictures and complete review, please visit The Yummy Yak. Dempsey, an area obviously developed without any consideration for the needs of those without cars, has an uppity vibe that I'm not fond of. Which is why the interior of Samy's - well ventilated and unpretentious - came as a surprise. A quick scan of the menu revealed that prices were reasonable, so that gave us free rein to do that overordering thing. The two of us opted for briyani over white rice (duh), one fish head curry turned into three protein-based dishes, and of course we had to get a coconut each to quell the spicy.

Briyani Rice, $3.60 - The chickpea-laden basmati rice, tinted yellow and orange with saffron, was fluffy and smelt of star anise and lemongrass. It was good, especially with the creamy dal and lightly spiced fried potatoes, but just shy of brilliant. 

Fish Head Curry, $20.00 for a small portion - As the dish was served steaming hot and the curry had numbed my tongue, I wasn't sure how the fish actually tasted at first. Having been cooked together with the curry, the fish head here was less tender than what one would find in a typical Chinese fish head curry. It was only when the curry had cooled down to near-room temperature that we detected a slightly fishy odour when eating the flesh, which indicated that the angkoli used here wasn't all that fresh.

Mysore Mutton (dry), $10 for small portion - Although it shouldn't be a good thing, we were quite relieved when the serving of Mysore mutton turned out to be tiny. Our opinions on this dish were divided. My friend complained that the mutton was dry and tough. I have to agree that the meat could be more tender, but I really enjoyed the aromatic dry curry paste that the mutton had been cloaked in. Consisting of mutton stock fried with (what else but) a whole load of spices and herbs, including powdered turmeric, coriander, fenugreek seeds, cardamom and chilli, the marinade was intense and permeated the mutton thoroughly, and the meat bore no trace of its signature gamey smell. Now I'm curious to try the wet version of this dish - perhaps that would solve the dryness problem?

Masala Chicken, $5.00 a piece - What we could agree on was that the masala chicken here was outstanding. Marinated with - you guessed it - too many spices to list, the chicken here was moist and flavourful. There were notes of paprika, garlic, ginger, tomato, cumin, and curry leaves. Flavourful might be putting it lightly; this was a flavour-bomb and an absolute marvel. We threw caution (along with our distended bellies) to the wind and scraped all the meat off the bones.

Judging from the numerous tourists we saw in the restaurant, Samy's Curry is the place to go if you're looking to give your foreign friends a 101 on Indian cuisine. Service is quick without being brusque, and the food's above average. You can pop by one of the neighbouring establishments for after-meal drinks as well.