I have pet restaurants that I always visit on my culinary pilgrimage whenever I'm back home in Calcutta - and Straits is my new addition to this list. I was hoping to try something new, and the prospect of Malay - Singaporean Cuisine definitely tickled my gastronomical curiosity.. and by God, has it been satiated! Having tried samplings of a similar kind of cuisine on my trips to Singapore, Malaysia and surprisingly South Africa (!), I was impressed with the authenticity of the flavors - and though some may say it is an acquired taste, I found it very adaptable to the Indian palette. I had the Prawn fritters for starters (the chilli sauce is mind-blowing), the sambal fried rice (amazingly nothing like anything I've tried anywhere in India), the eggplant and paneer gravy (great news for vegetarian patrons), and the tiger prawns in black pepper sauce (the prawns were so huge I had to check if they were baby lobsters) But the dish that truly blew me away was the dessert - Deep Fried Chocolate (sigh!) This was like a chocolate version of the corn dog and for once I'm not guilty despite the calories. The service was above par with an extremely enthusiastic and amicable staff. The decor looked carefully hand-picked and unique - with charming curios juxtaposed with quaint looking asian style furniture. The menu is concise and self explanatory and shows that the restaurant believes in only serving what they make best. I like the fact that I didn't have to scan through hundreds of dishes which would only make me more confused. Apart from the fact that I loved everything, I was impressed by the fact that the restaurant has tried to provide an equal number of good vegetarian dishes - so i can take my parents there next time :) To sum up - it is great value for money - with ample servings to justify the prices. And, don't miss the deep fried chocolate (sigh again!)
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