The Banana Leaf Apolo (Race Course Road)

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~$10/pax
The ancient tradition of serving food on a freshly cut Banana leaf has its roots in India. Here in Singapore, the widely popular practice of eating from a banana leaf can be traced back to The Banana Leaf Apolo. The Banana Leaf Apolo has been serving its food on a banana leaf to patrons since it opened its doors in 1974. This has become our signature! At The Banana Leaf Apolo, this practice is more than just a tradition – it is a science! If you're looking for a good place to try Indian food in Singapore, the Banana Leaf Apolo is probably the place you're trying to find. Popular with local Singaporeans, the restaurant has an excellent selection of Indian favorites. Meals are served in a traditional setting - on a banana leaf instead of a plate. The curries and sambals, the fish and seafood, the vegetarian dishes - all are marvelous, flavorful experiences at a great price.

54 Race Course Road
Singapore 218564

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Saturday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Sunday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Monday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Tuesday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Wednesday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Thursday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

Friday:
10:30am - 10:30pm

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Reviews

From the Burpple community

Among the most luxurious with a generous serving size, their rendition of dhal tadka is yummy.
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The texture is creamy smooth with grainy chunks bits, enhanced with dried red chili, fresh coriander, and chili oil.
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Has a bright earthy savoury salty sweet spice flavour, with a slight lingering heat that entices.
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Dhal
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/09/best-of-singapore-hawkers-dhal.html

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Their version has seen the base recipe change and improve over the years. This means the dish I had here recently is different from the version I had 10+ years ago in my original list.
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It now has a thicker, more chunky texture to the curry gravy, and the use of a greater range of spices lends well to its savoury sweet salty spice flavour.
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The boneless chicken chunks are marinated in yoghurt and tandoor roasted, then immersed and finished in the curry gravy.
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This gives the chicken a tender chewy texture, with smoky meaty savoury sweet salty spice flavour, yum.
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Pairs well with rice or bread, but it feels more shiok with rice.
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Chicken Tikka Masala
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/08/best-of-singapore-hawkers-chicken-tikka-masala.html

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The 4 large fist shaped pieces of boneless chicken are juicy and tender with a medium chew to texture.
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Light on spices but with more yoghurt in the marinade, the chicken holds meaty sweet savoury spice flavours. A drizzle of lime juice lends zesty tangy sour notes for contrast.
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Actually more filling than it looks.
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Chicken Tikka
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/07/best-of-singapore-hawkers-chicken-tikka.html

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Their rendition carries lovely char marks from the grill, the enticing smoky aroma complementing its grainy bready savoury sweet flavour.
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With a soft fluffy chewy texture, their chapati is great at picking up morsels of meat, vegetables, or curry. Yum.
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Typically sold in sets of 2 pieces, it can be quite filling.
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Chapati
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/05/best-of-singapore-hawkers-chapati.html

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More casual dining than hawker, the portion here is large enough to share between 2 - 4 people.
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Served in a metal pot, the thick curry gravy is rich and creamy, with a drizzle of cream over the top. Has lovely savoury sweet spice milky flavour that can be rather addictive.
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The marinated and roasted boneless chicken chunks within carry a smoky aroma, picking up the flavours of the curry gravy well. Yields nicely with a tender chew to texture.
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Best paired with bread or rice.
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Butter Chicken
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/04/best-of-singapore-hawkers-butter-chicken.html

Their rendition of this wholesome curry stands out for being packed with fresh vegetables.
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There's juicy tomatoes, crunchy okra, and crisp red onions, bright and chunky with vegetal sweet flavour.
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The curry gravy itself is light, with mild sweet spice savoury notes, so you still get the natural freshness of the vegetables.
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Bhindi Masala
The Banana Leaf Apolo
@ 56 Race Course Road
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More details:
https://ivanteh-runningman.blogspot.com/2022/03/best-of-singapore-hawkers-bhindi-masala.html

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