Similarly to how I did in 2009, I will be marking Deepavali this year by stringing together a few Indian reviews of places in Singapore, there will be some brand new places that I have never reviewed before, but for this post, I will be returning to Ananda Bhavan at Changi Airport to try some of the different food. I gave this place a quite below average review last time, but I will be ordering new dishes this time around, and who knows, there may be an improvement.
Ananda Bhavan Vegetarian
Location: Changi Airport, T2, Level 3
Opening Hours: Daily, 24 hours.
The notorious and glorious South Indian dish Masala Dosai was first up on our selection this time around. The dosai they sell at Ananda Bhavan is really not bad, the dosai is very crisp and there is a generous serving of masala inside. This is accompanied by a good quality daal and flavourful chutneys. The main weakness of this restaurant is the pricing of the good, and this dosai is no exception, it is quite expensive, and although the quality is good, it's still a bit too much to be paying for your thrifty ang mo reporter.
Price: $3.50. 7/10
Ananda Bhavan has a lot of dishes that bring Indian concepts and clash them with Western cuisines. An example of this is the Pizza Dosai. Although this labeled as 'dosai' in fact texturally it is much similar to a uttapum, as it is soft and thick. The topping include green capsicum, tomato, mushroom and cheese. This is sprinkled with chili sauce. The injection of Indian cuisine comes with the accompaniments to the 'dosai', we can see there is the red and white chutneys along with daal. This blend of Indian spices actually works quite well with the Western flavours. If you're looking for a authentic dosai, you might be disappointed. But the flavours are quite solid.
Price: $5.00. 7/10
I was almost put off from ordering this Tandoori Platter by it's astronomical price, but I had the urge for a tandoori dish so I went ahead and got it. I was not disappointed, this was a fun and interesting concoction of several items. We have two creamy curries (one with paneer, then other with mushrooms), for the food cooked in the tandoor - There is paneer, cauliflower and onion. All had good smokey flavour. Curries of course need something to dip in, and for that there are four pieces of naan on the plate. The naan's have improved since my last visit, but still need to be charred a little more. Very expensive, but it is a lot of fun to eat, so if you are not short for cash, then I would definitely recommend getting it.
Price: $12.00. 7/10
Conclusion - I think my overall impression of this restaurant has improved since last time. The quality of the food that I sampled on my second visit generally left me more satisfied. The main problem is that to enjoy this good quality food you will have to pay extremely high prices. My favourite dish was the tandoori platter, I like this concept and all the components in the dish taste great...My wallet in a coma after I saw the bill though.
Food - 7/10
Service - 6/10
Value - 5/10