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This week, our ever-eager food guru Violet Oon reveals on of her favourite places to eat in her neighbourhood… Not far from her Bukit Timah eatery is a cosy foodcourt she affectionately calls an “ang moh kopitiam” because it has several stalls serving different cuisines and the central drinks counter serves up beers pub-style. Bar Bar Black Sheep is a popular haunt for expats who enjoy the food with a cold brew alfresco and Violet’s favourite stall here is the North Indian one, called Sher.
Owner Paul, a former banker, has several branches but the Bukit Timah one is Violet’s choice for ambiance and flavour. She describes the taste of the North Indian food served at Sher as elegant – a reflection of the owner’s palate. There is depth of flavour without blowing your head off – spicy, but subtlely so and very fragrant.
Violet recommends these dishes – she orders these regularly!
- Chicken Tikka Marsala & Butter Chicken (both curries are spiced perfectly and yes, very fragrant).
- Aloo Gobi (Potato and Cauliflower stew – well-cooked but not too mushy).
- Palek Paneer (Cottage cheese with creamed spinach).
- Kashmiri Pilau (the Peranakan in Violet cannot resist the slight sweetness of this dish, which comes from the dried fruits. The Basmati rice is boiled in a lot of water, almost like Teochew Porridge, till it’s 3/4 cooked. Then it’s drained and stir-fried with ghee and mouth–watering spices like cardamom, caraway, fennel and cloves in the North Indian version of the wok, called a kadhai. There’s also a delectable hint of tartness from julienned cucumber and finished off with coriander leaves.)
- Fish Briyani (an unexpected dish that really grew on Violet. It came with lots of deep-fried, battered fish fillets and the flavours were not chilli-spicy, but fragrant with spices that really developed even more overnight).
- Naan & Papadum
Sher North Indian Cuisine – Casual Dining & Bar
BAR BAR BLACK SHEEP @ 879 BUKIT TIMAH ROAD SINGAPORE 279892
OPENING HOURS: 1PM – 10PM