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“Brilliant is not the word”
Review of MTR Restaurant

MTR Restaurant
Ranked #11 of 11,380 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $8
Cuisines: Indian, Healthy, Cafe
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Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Serving Pure Vegetarian Authentic South Indian Food Since 1924. Only the Finest and Fresh Ingredients used. NO MSG,Chemicals and Preservatives used. . Freshly prepared food. Situated Opp. Sri Srinivasa Perumal Temple on Serangoon Road. Near Ferrer Park MRT station.. Next to City Square Mall.
Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately even though there are a lot of south Indian restaurants in Singapore, the taste doesn't come close to what we get in India. But MTR from my home city has brought the same taste to my adopted country. Everything from chow chow bath to masala dosai to poori is brilliant...yeah!!!

Thank Balaji S
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MTRSingapore1924, Guest Relations Manager at MTR Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2014

Dear Mr. Balaji, We are so happy and proud that you gave a 'brilliant' award to our food and services. One year back, when we started this branch in Singapore, we had only one aim...To give the same Bangalore Lalbagh -quality of food in Singapore. Today we are striving to keep up that commitment and the number of regular customers to our restaurant is a proof of that.

Kindly do come more often with your family and friends. We would love to welcome you every time, with a better taste and service....

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

We absolutely love this restaurant...consistent service and authentic taste -- must try - rava idli, plain dosa n curd rice!



1  Thank Nancygb
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MTRSingapore1924, Guest Relations Manager at MTR Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2014

Dear Ms. Nancy, Thank you so much for your compliments. Please do try our different dishes. We have different 'Specialty of the Dy" for everyday of the week. Therefore, you can try a different dish on all the six days (We are closed on Mondays). Looking forward to see you more often in MTR Singapore..

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Best Indian Veg Restaurant in Singapore ! Where eating is believing !

The place doesn't seem like a whole lot, but the atmosphere, the staff and the food makes it an amazing place to eat indian vegetarian ! And it is very reasonable priced, very! very !!
The food is amazing, it's authentic and they never compromise, the quality is always superb! The staff are the best, they give an excellent service EVERY time, that is never seen anywhere before in Singapore :)
This is my 4th visit in two months..
I love this place - best indian a Veg. food experience in town!

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1  Thank PattUsa
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MTRSingapore1924, Guest Relations Manager at MTR Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2014

Dear Sir, Thank you for your continued patronage. We will put all our efforts to ensure that you like MTR Singapore more and more at every visit...

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

At the onset, I'll be honest:
1/ I didn't even know that MTR existed in Singapore until last night!
2/ I've never written a review before

My friend was leaving for Oxford for further studies in a few days, and he asked if we could meet up one last time before he flew off. And then he dropped the bomb: let's go to MTR.

I'd been to MTR Lalbagh (Bangalore) exactly once 5 years ago, and it was a gastronomical delight. Coupled with the fact that I went with a local friend of mine, the experience was amazing. I can vividly remember the waiter mentally noting down orders for 20 people at a go and then appearing with the delicacies after a while.

Cut to the present: I was standing in front of MTR, and we walked in and placed the orders.

Order: there was no waiter to take the order at the tables: I presume to cut operating costs. That has a huge disadvantage, which you'll realize in a while. So we ordered rava idlis (semolina steamed cakes), masala dosas (rice pancakes with potato filling) and filter coffee, MTR style: all at the billing counter. We were given a placard with a number; which was for the waiter to deliver the food from the kitchen to the tables.

To the table: Since there were two of us, we wanted to sit in a small table. The eatery has about 50 seating places, with long 10-seater tables in the centre flanked by 4-seaters at the sides. There was one 4-seater table available, but after a futile wait for a few minutes, we didn't notice anybody cleaning it. We were about to grab a 10-seater, but the Floor Manager told us to wait and in a minute, somebody came and cleaned the tables.

Food: the rava idlis arrived almost instantaneously, with the customary small bowl of clear heated ghee at the side, with thick coconut chutney and steaming pallya (potato curry) in small serving bowls. The ghee was dutifully poured on the idli, and I took the first hesitant spoonful.
I felt like I'd been yanked back in history to the same MTR in Bangalore: it tasted exactly the same. The fresh coconut chutney was fresh and consistent (not with the usual watery 'discharge' that you get in other eateries) and the pallya was hot and tangy; just perfect!

The dosas had arrived, in the meanwhile. Time for the spoon test: which is, picking up the spoon, cutting the dosa at the edge and instantly realizing that the crust was perfect: brown on the outside and just done on the inside. The potato filling was perfect, as was the sweet sambar and the same coconut chutney. The cook has been successful in recreating the magic.

Finally, the filter coffee. A bit too milky for my friend's taste, but I didn't find it too bad.

Now, the faux pas. We wanted another cup of coffee, so we asked the waiter if he could get us another cup of coffee each. He nodded and ten minutes passed, the coffee didn't arrive. I got up and paid for two coffees at the counter, and the coffee arrived in 5 mins. There should be a provision for guests to be able to append items to the order later. Imagine if one were to eat with his hand: s/he would have to get up, wash hands, grab the wallet, walk over to the counter, pay for the items. It complicates even further if the guest is alone: the waiter might clear the half-finished food, because there was nobody at the table.

All in all, it was a great experience. The floor manager was nice, amicable and requested me to write a review, and here it is. The price is very reasonable, considering the location of the restaurant and the fact that the quality of the food is very good. The hearsay is that it's the first MTR eatery out of India, but I don't have anything to prove it. The menu and the price of the food can be found at its online site: http://www.mavallitiffinrooms.com/singapore/. This is a bonus, because you know what's on offer and the budget.

All in all, we spent SGD 28 for two masala dosa, two rava idlis and 4 filter coffees. Pretty much the same price at all the other eateries nearby (foreign outlets of established Indian eateries), but the taste was perfectly recreated. The floor manager runs a tight ship, kudos to him.

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1  Thank Bodhisatta B
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MTRSingapore1924, General Manager at MTR Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 15, 2014

Dear Sir, Thank you very much for your detailed review. We are happy that you enjoyed your first visit to MTR Singapore.
1) Initially we started with 'Taking Order from the Tables'. However shifted to this mode only after realising that it is time consuming. The present mode is appreciated by many regulars, and it is cost effective too.
2) All the ingredients are brought down from Bangalore, to ensure that the same taste is retained.
3) We are putting all our efforts to en-live the legacy of MTR's 90 years' of history.
4) Kindly do visit us more often with your family and friends.
We guarantee your utmost satisfaction, on every visit. Looking forward to see you more often at MTR Singapore....

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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Do not go by the brand. There are far better South Indian restaurants in Singapore (Raj, Anand Bhavan). Also, there are limited items on the menu and prices are on the higher side.

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1  Thank Birendra B
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MTRSingapore1924, Guest Relations Manager at MTR Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 24, 2014

Dear Mr. Birendra, Thank you for your feedback. Our motto is 'Value for Money' by serving authentic South Indian dishes in Singapore. All the ingredients are brought in from India to ensure the same taste. We assure you of a genuine and hygienic food that any Singaporean can afford. Looking forward to meet you more often in MTR Singapore.

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