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The Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road)

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Specialising in fish head curry and other North and South Indian fare, this pleasant restaurant has been a landmark in Little India for over 30 years. Other than the fish head curry, try the chicken masala, mutton curry and tandoori chicken. Function rooms are also available.

Daily: 10:30 - 22:30

+65 62938682
$25 based on 47 submissions
Dinner (21 votes), Vibrant/Noisy (16 votes), Lunch (14 votes)
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Good for groups

Went here in a group of 7, and we all had a good time. The Masala chicken was a tad too spicy for my taste, and we had to chase a few times for drinks, but service was friendly. I definitely recommend going in a large group, as you can try a wider variety of items. The tables are long though, so conversation can be difficult.

The HGW community like this place for...

  • fish head curry6 votes
  • naan4 votes
  • Manggo Lassi3 votes
  • Masala Chicken3 votes
  • papadum3 votes
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10 Dec 2014 • 7 reviews • 2 followers

Good for groups

Went here in a group of 7, and we all had a good time. The Masala chicken was a tad too spicy for my taste, and we had to chase a few times for drinks, but service was friendly. I definitely recommend going in a large group, as you can try a wider variety of items. The tables are long though, so conversation can be difficult.
12 Nov 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Horrible food and worst service

My wife and I went to this place for dinner todat. As soon as we sat at the table and held the menu card, a waiter came to take our order. When asked to give us 5 mins to decide, he gave a weird look and said a rude OK. We ordered chicken tikka and Mughlai Biryani. They took 40 mins to serve. When the food did arrive, the tikka was cold and tasted stale. The biryani was a big joke. Some masala rice with bland and unmarinated pieces of dry chicken!  We being Indian know the authentic taste of these things and were wondering how this restaurant must be fooling the poor non Indian souls who will innocently accept what is served to them. What pissed me off the most is the attitude of the staff. Ironically, they are most rude with Indian customers! This is my 3rd  such experience at this restaurant. I will never ever eat at this bloody restaurant again. Period. Aah...my stomach is aching due to those stale tikkas!!
28 Oct 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

One of th best Indian meals I've had

really lovely meal. Very tasty lamb rogan josh with accompaniments. Service was acceptable but nothing special.
05 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Eat only if you want to have a stomach upset

My brother and I had our dinner at this place for a change. While having the food, we did feel it was stale, but continued to eat trusting the quality based on the look of the restaurant. The breads were dry and looked stale, the lassi tasted aweful. Finally, we couldn't finish eating, paid around $40 and returned home. 
Both of us woke up with stomach upset. While I have recovered a bit, my brother is still suffering badly and I'll be taking him to doctor tomorrow.  I've eaten at quite a few  Indian restaurants in Singapore, the food quality at this one is probably the worst. Maybe it works for non-veg food, but if you are vegetarian, I'll be surpized if you'd like eating here!
26 Jul 2014 • 2 reviews • 0 follower

Hands down, worst restaurant experience ever

After arriving for a late dinner, my partner and I were seated, and had only just begun to look at the menu when we were interrupted 3 times by waiters asking for our order. We ordered, and the food arrived in about 3 minutes. Not surprisingly, it was food that had clearly been sitting in the kitchen for some time. The garlic naan was dry, and the tandoori roti tasteless. The chicken korma was just a mash of cream with little spice or flavour, and the mysore mutton was dry as a bone and a tiny portion.

Worst part though, as soon as our meals arrived, we were told the kitchen was closed so no more orders. However, it was not just the kitchen that was closing, it was the restaurant. The staff promptly walked to each table and put down the check. We received ours despite just receiving our food, and had also just started drinking our jug of beer. The waiters then came past several times to check if the bill had been paid, starting switching off lights and piling up chairs behind my partner.

A waiter then came over to demand that we pay the bill, to which we replied we hadn't even finished our meal or drinks. He demanded again "Just pay it". That was when I decided it was high time to leave. We left our food and drinks, and I took the bill to the counter and advised that I wouldn't be paying for the entire jug, just 2 glasses. They did not want to do the discount but could tell we were horrified by the service so complied.

I can completely understand if a restaurant is closing up and they tell you at the start. But this place go us no warning, took our orders, gave us dry old food, and then demanded we pay before even getting a chance to eat our meal. 


Digustingly rude and we will never return. The food was awful so it's no loss.