Meatsmith Little India is the sister restaurant of Meatsmith in Telok Ayer, and it takes the same BBQ concept of smoked and grilled meats, but adds a touch of Indian inspiration from the neighbourhood with a tandoori oven, spit roaster and Indian rubs, spices, and sauces. This is an awesome spot for all you carnivores who are looking for something a bit different than your usual ribs and roasts. Don’t expect traditional BBQ or even classic Indian fare though, as the food here is utterly unique from anything you’ve probably had before.
We’ve always been huge fans of Meatsmith Little India ever since we first stepped foot in the restaurant shortly after they opened, so we’re a bit ashamed to say that we hadn’t been in a while. So when we heard they had a new menu, we knew we had to go back to check it out again. Honestly, we really don’t know why we don’t come here more often.
We were happy to see that they’ve kept the The biryani stuffed suckling pig ($48) on the new menu, because it’s one seriously delish dish. But we were there to try the new offerings, so we ordered up a feast. Standouts for us were the tandoor chicken wings ($10), which were so good we could have eaten three more orders, the smoked cauliflower & tomato relish ($18), crab biryani ($16), and the lamb meatballs ($10) with mint and yoghurt. However, the star of the evening was the ikura papadum ($14), a crispy papadum slathered with red caviar and creme fraiche.
Just like the first few times we visited Meatsmith Little India, the chefs blew us away yet again with their modern twists on Indian food. The flavours were familiar, yet presented in a completely new way, the meats melted in our mouths, and the sauces and spices took each dish to a whole new level. We’ll definitely be coming back sooner than later.
The food is absolutely the biggest draw here; it’s innovative, intriguing, and bursting with flavour. Chefs Andrew Baldus and Manogren Murugan Thevar have put together a delightful menu of meat-centric, Indian-inspired small plates and heartier mains, all of which are designed to be shared. You can also grab Indian wines, whisky, and cocktails to go with your bites at Rogue Trader, the no-frills bar upstairs. Don’t expect anything fancy in terms of the decor. But hey—you’re mainly here for the succulent grilled meats and great Indian flavours anyways, right?
The restaurant on the ground floor is very rustic and laid-back, but it isn’t air conditioned. If you find it a bit too warm, head up to Rogue Trader and grab a table or seat at the bar, as you can get the same great food in slightly cooler environs. Be sure to try some of their Indian-inspired cocktails. This is a great spot to bring out-of-town guests on a weekend for unique eats. And if you come with a group, we recommend going for one of the platters so you can taste a bit of everything (trust us, you’ll definitely want to get in on as much as you can).
Meatsmith Little India, 21 Campbell Lane, Singapore 209894. p. +65 9625 9056. Open Wed – Fri 5pm – 11:30pm, Sat – Sun 11:30am – 11:30pm