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24 January 2014

Takeaway Time

Last Friday evening after watching a little bit of Thaipusam with my husband after he'd finished work (my fourth Thaipusam and it still blows me away every year), we decided we'd get a takeaway.  We do get takeaway occasionally but nowhere near as often as we probably did in the UK.  When we do we tend to default to the same places that we know we can call, know what the food is like and we know we can have delivered.  Last week though we decided to use Foodpanda.sg to order our food and try out a new place in the process.  We used it once a long time ago but hadn't done since mainly because of our habit of sticking with the same restaurants that we always call directly.  It is dead easy though so no excuses!  You simply enter your postcode, choose a style of food and then a restaurant from those that will deliver to your area, make your order choices and simply wait for it to be delivered.  

They have a huge variety of food options to suit all tastes and cravings including Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Malay, Thai and a whole lot more.  We debated a little about what to get but in the end went for Indian food, something of a regular choice for us if we are getting takeaway.  However this time we decided to choose a restaurant we'd not tried previously, Kinara on Upper East Coast Road.  We then of course had the dilemma of picking dishes but went for a couple of starters, a couple of curries and rice.  We  were given a delivery time, received confirmation that our order had been received and was being prepared and sure enough the food arrived within the indicated time frame.

Restaurant locations on bag, Kinara has more than one branch in Singapore

Overall the food was excellent, though as is often the case we ordered far too much for one meal.  Luckily though curry leftovers are just as delicious (if perhaps not more so) and my husband benefited from those for his lunch the next day whilst I was at work.  

Since moving to Singapore and thanks to a friend who mainly only eats the vegetable Indian dishes I've sampled a lot more of these in addition to the meat dishes I would usually favour.  One particular item I've discovered is paneer something I'd never tried until recently but I now love.  Paneer, in case you don't know, is a cheese and I particularly enjoy it served in a spinach based curry, try it if you haven't it's good!  We ordered the paneer in the photo below this time, the paneer being dipped in flour and spices and then deep fried.  I have to admit this was perhaps the only part of the meal I was a little disappointed with but I think that is just my personal taste rather than the food itself.  I found it a little bland this way and personally think it is nicer served in a curry sauce.  Next time I'll go back to the paneer with spinach, but if you don't try these things you never know.

Subz Panjabi Samosas

Alongside the paneer dish we ordered samosas, naan and three different curries with saffron rice.  A lamb curry the Laal Maas Rajasthani, the red curry dish in the bottom photo.  A chicken curry the Murghaloo which came with potatoes and green chillies and inspired my husband to cook up his own version minus the chicken a few nights later and a tandoori chicken kebab dish, the Murgh Peshawari.  All very good, full of flavour and just the right amount (for me at least) of kick to them.

Paneer Amritsari

Ultimately our meal was great.  I'd definitely order from Kinara again and perhaps we should at some point actually venture to the restaurant as it is so close to us.  We'd also used the Foodpanda delivery service again and most definitely if we want to try a different restaurant (as it is so easy to browse the options available) for takeaway rather than our usual go to list of places.

By the way, flipit.com Singapore has a (free) 25% off foodpanda discount code for new customers.  So it's now even more worth making that order for your takeaway today! 

Lasuni Naan
Laal Maas Rajasthani, Murghaloo and Murgh Peshawari with saffron rice

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