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Our Location:

32 Race Course Road,
Singapore- 218552
(2 minutes from Little India
MRT Exit E)

Contact Details:

Tel: +65 62978422
Fax: +65 62979667


Sunday to Friday:
Lunch: 11:30am to 3:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 10:45pm

Lunch: 11:30am to 4:00pm
Dinner: 6:00pm to 10:45pm



The Sunday Times

The mix of textures and flavours easily puts a smile on your face.

By: Wong Ah Yoke (22 January 2006)

NOT having been invited into a Bengali home before, I have not had the opportunity to taste the cuisine of the north-eastern Indian state of Bengal. That changed last week when I discovered Mustard, one of the latest restaurants to open in Race Course Road. A modest establishment tucked in the midst of a row of Indian restaurants, it claims to be the first here to serve Bengali dishes. The rest of its menu features Punjabi fare, which is more familiar to non-Indians as the cuisine found in many north Indian restaurants here. This comprises mainly poultry and flour-based dishes such as tandoori chicken and naan. Cooking from Bengal, on the other hand, is characterised by a lot of seafood and rice-based dishes. What ties the two together, says first-time restaurateur Radhika Abbi, is that mustard seeds and mustard oil are used widely in the cooking. That is why she named her restaurant, which opened last month, Mustard. The menu does not highlight the Bengali dishes, but ask the waiter when he comes over to take your order and he readily points them out. And if you happen to order one on your own, he says enthusiastically: 'That's a Bengali speciality.' Encouraged by his prompting, I pick out some which turn out wonderful. There is the prawn in green coconut ($17.90), which is a fragrant curry served inside a fresh coconut. The shelled prawns are a trifle small, but the gravy is delicious. 'Scrape off the meat from the coconut to eat with the gravy,' the waiter urges. It is an excellent idea, as the smooth and soft slices of coconut make the flavour even more fragrant. I am equally happy with my starter of fried fish ($6.90), which are golden squares of fish fillet that are coated with bread crumbs and deep-fried. In the hands of a less skilled chef, they could easily have turned out dry and stringy instead of being smooth on the inside and crispy on the outside, as these are. The Punjabi dishes are equally good. The chicken kabab ($10.90) is grilled perfectly, with the tender meat coated in an intriguing spicy marinade. A vegetarian appetiser called hingerkochuri ($4.90) is worth dreaming about. It is simple fried white flour bread made in the shape of a pocket, but it is so light it melts in the mouth. Stuff one with a spoonful of accompanying lentils and pop it in your mouth. The mix of textures and flavours easily puts a smile on your face. What does not impress much is the cottage cheese simmered in spinach puree ($9.90). It is not bad, just ordinary. I have had better. Still, the overall impression is good. The restaurant deserves to be a hit and I won't be surprised if it blazes a trail for other Bengali restaurants here.


32 Race Course Road
Tel: 6297-8422
Opening hours: 11.30am to 3pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm. Closed on Mondays unless it is a public holiday
Price: Budget slightly more than $30 per head

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