I think most people like me if given a choice will not visit any vegetarian restaurants. There is just this unsatisfactory feeling of not being full when one does not consume meat for a meal. However it does not mean that vegetarian food is not delicious and I have been introduced to probably one of the best vegetarian restaurant in town by Luke aka Hungry Angmo our vegetarian food blogger who brought Nat and me to Gokul Vegetairan Restaurant at Little India. It opened my eye to a whole new perspective of vegetarian food.
Lemongrass Juice 4/5
I was overwhelmed by the huge menu at Gokul Vegetairan Restaurant that includes North Indian, South Indian and Asian fusion vegetarian cuisine. According to Luke, there are over 500 over items in the menu. That is a menu that is not easy for any ordinary kitchen to pull it off.
We started with one of Luke's favourite drink which is the Lemongrass Juice ($5). The melange of green apple, mint, pandan and lemongrass gave the drink a good refreshing start to the dinner.
Char Kway Teow 4/5
An Indian restaurant serving an Asian local hawker fare as a vegetarian dish, this just caught my attention and I had to order it to find out how the rendition of the Char Kway Teow ($7.50) taste? Of course there was no cockles or fish cakes but substituted with beancurd and vegetables. The stir fried flat noodles in black saue was surprising very well executed and not oily. It was really close to the real thing without the cockles and fish cakes.
Hyderabad Dum Briyani 4/5
For a full meal, one can go for the Hyderabad Dum Briyani ($10). Love that the restaurant used basmatic rice for their briyani. The long grain rice was fragrant and fluffy. Hidden in the pile of rice was the delectable masala soya chunks.
Mysore Mutton 4.5/5
The Mysore Mutton ($9) was my favourite for the night. The vegetarian mutton was cooked in mysore gravy that was so delish with all the different delectable spices hitting the palate. Even the texture of the vegetarian mutton was so close to the real thing that I could be easily fooled if in a blind tasting. We also got the romali roti to go with the mysore mutton.
Malai Kofta 4.2/5
I called it the twin tower when the Malai Kofta ($10) was served. It definitely is a eye catching dish. The kofta cooked in Mughlai style has a smooth and creamy gravy drench over the towering kofta. I am not exactly sure what is in it but I could taste potato. It was my first encounter of the dish and I totally enjoyed it. Kind of having a potato salad in a creamy sauce.
I have to say I had a satisfying dinner at Gokul. I left not feeling that I have actually eaten vegetarian. I have never expected vegetarian dish can be so tasty and I applauded their vegetarian rendition of Asian cuisine. There are so many items on their menu that I want to check out and I am sure they will be as good as what I had. Time to plan for my next visit.
Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant
19 Upper Dickson Road
Tel: +65 63967769
Nearest MRT: Little India (NE Line)
Daily: 1030am - 1030pm
1) Alight at Little India MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk down Buffalo Street to Serangoon Road. Turn left on Serangoon Road and walk to the traffic light. Cross the road at the traffic light. Walk to Dickson Road. Journey time about 7 minutes. [Map]