Last Updated: October 22, 2018
If there’s one thing I love about Singapore, it’s the variety of ethnic cuisine I can find. Just take a stroll down the streets, and you’ll be greeted with mouth-watering aromas ranging from sharp and spicy to buttery and rich.
Ahh, there’s just something comforting about a good dish of curry.
From Thai green curry, to Chinese curry chicken, to the abundance of Indian curries, I could never tire of this rich, spicy dish. Of course, it can get a little warm in Singapore’s tropical heat, so how about a refreshing drink to wash the curry down?
And there’s nothing better for quenching your thirst than a cold pint or bottle of beer! Indian craft beer label Bira 91 has a range of flavours that pair harmoniously with all these different curries. For the first time ever, we can celebrate our love for curry AND beer with International Curry Week this 12 – 28 October 2018.
If you’ve never tried chugging some refreshing beer after finishing off a plate of delicious curry, then you’re in luck! For the whole of International Curry Week, you’ll get to enjoy curries from all around the world, paired with craft beers at affordable prices.
Psst, still not convinced about the magical pairing of beer and curry? Here are 10 restaurants serving curry dishes you’ll love with Bira 91 beer!
With their tagline “Barefoot Dining”, Lagnaa is all about authentic and aromatic curry experiences. Their special set menu for International Curry Week brings you Michelin-quality flavours, made for sharing.
Bring some friends along for their Michelin Combo Meal (S$23 – S$56 per pax, for four). Or make it a date night with the Michelin Buddy Meal (S$25 – S$48 per pax, for two)! Either way, the fragrant curries will set your taste buds tingling.
And to quench your thirst, sip on some Bira 91 beer, because each Buddy Meal comes with a complimentary Bira 91 beer. I’d recommend getting the Bira 91 Blonde or Bira 91 White Ale for a refreshing contrast to the spicy meal!
Ready to get fancy with curry? At Long Chim, for just S$40++, you can enjoy a three-course lunch with curries and beers!
For starters, hungry diners can pick the meaty Grilled Pork Skewers, or the lighter option of Vegetable Spring Rolls. You’ll be spoiled for choice when it comes to the mains, with four different Thai curry dishes available (Red Curry of Roasted Duck, Mashed Prawn Curry, Green Curry of Kampong Chicken, or Aromatic Vegetable Curry). The dishes all come with recommended beer pairings (Bira 91 White Ale, Bira 91 IPA or Bira 91 Light), so prepare your taste buds for a flavour explosion!
End off the meal with fragrant Coconut Ice Cream, sprinkled with peanuts, pineapple bits and palm seeds. Who knew beer and curry could make such a good match?
Long Chim: 10 Bayfront Avenue, #02-02, Atrium 2, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018955 | Tel: +65 6688 7299 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 5.30pm – 11pm (Mon – Thu), 12noon – 11pm (Fri – Sun) | Facebook | Website
South and North Indian cuisine mingle in Kinara, and this relaxed restaurant showcases the best of both.
The Lamb Shank Gravy (S$30) is best paired with Bira 91 White Ale or Bira 91 Blonde, two lighter beers in the selection. The light and crisp White Ale adds a refreshing balance to the meal, while the extra hoppy Blonde enhances the flavours with its bitterness and clean finish.
Seafood lovers, the Prawn Korma (S$29) is your best bet, and you can pair it with the highly aromatic and tropical Bira 91 IPA. For maximum enjoyment, a sip of the IPA after each bite brings out even more fragrance, and finishes off with a double dose of spice from the IPA and curry.
Kinara: 57 Boat Quay, Singapore 049846 | Tel: +65 6533 0412 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Mon – Fri), 12noon – 2.30pm (Sat & Sun), 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Sun – Thu), 5.30pm – 12midnight (Fri & Sat)
24 Lorong Mambong, Holland Village, Singapore 277683 | Tel: +65 6467 4101 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm & 6pm – 10.30pm (Daily) | Facebook
Prepare your bellies for a feast at Tandoor this International Curry Week! For S$65++ per pax, you get a four-course meal AND two complimentary Bira 91 beers (choose from White Ale, Blonde or IPA).
With food options ranging from Tandoori Chicken, Fish Tikka and vegetable curries for the vegans, there’s something for everyone at Tandoor.
Psst, choose your beer wisely for maximum flavour. I’d personally go for the Tandoori Chicken with either the Blonde or White Ale, to end off the meal with a crisp finish.
Don’t forget that aside from Indian curry, there’s also Thai curry! Nara Thai Cuisine brings us a pairing of beer and curry for International Curry Week.
Be it yellow, red or green curry, Nara has them all. If you prefer something with less heat, try out the Phunim Phad Pong Karee (S$19.90). This dish is Nara’s speciality, bringing crunchy soft-shell crab together with fragrant yellow curry.
Each main dish grants you a complimentary Bira 91 beer of any flavour, though I would recommend Bira 91 White Ale. This light and crisp craft beer is a great match for the flavourful curry.
If you’re working around the Marina area, Punjab Grill at Marina Bay Sands offers a quick lunch set at S$20++. With the mouth-watering Butter Chicken and Regional Daal Taadka, you’ll definitely lick your plate clean.
If you’re feeling the work stress, why not knock back a mid-day beer with your meal? For a really thirst-quenching drink, pick up a bottle of Bira 91 beer to go with your curry meal. The tropical Bira 91 IPA will fill your palate with notes of lychee and passionfruit. The fruity flavours go really well with the savoury curry!
Punjab Grill: 2 Bayfront Avenue, #B1-01A, South Podium, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 | Tel: +65 6688 7395 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm & 6.30pm – 11pm (Daily) | Facebook | Website
For a taste of North Indian cuisine, Yantra by Hemant Oberoi is the place to be. With hand-picked spices flown in from India, you’ll be in for a culinary treat.
During International Curry Week, you can enjoy a Set Dinner Menu (S$39++) at Yantra. Start off with Angaara Murg Tikka or Achari Broccoli, move on to the mains (Martabaan ka Meat or Martabaan ka Chole), and finally enjoy Mango Kulfi for dessert. You get portions of Garlic Naan and Tandoori Roti, as well as Jeera Rice too.
Wash down this indulgent meal with a refreshing bottle of Bira 91 beer. The Bira 91 Blonde would go well with the curry: extra hoppy with a crisp finish, this Indian craft beer wraps up the deep and flavourful dishes.
Yantra by Hemant Oberoi: 163 Tanglin Road, #01-28/33, Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933 | Tel: +65 6836 3088 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm (Daily), 6.30pm – 10pm (Weekdays), 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Weekends) | Website
One of my favourite comfort dishes is Japanese curry rice, and Sun King Ryoriya serves up a hearty plate of Pork Cutlet Curry Rice (S$15.80). There’s just something about a big portion of fragrant Japanese curry, well-fried cutlet strips and fluffy rice that cheers me up.
This Taiwanese-Japanese restaurant offers a mouth-watering curry that’s bound to make you gobble it up. The best way to enjoy Japanese curry is to have it while it’s hot, and let the spices and heat warm you up.
After all that, you’ll probably need a beer too, so it’s great that you can grab a bottle of Bira 91. I’d recommend the Bira 91 White, because this wheat beer comes with just a slight hint of bitterness. The smooth body makes it the perfect refreshing drink to chug after a spicy meal!
Sun King Ryoriya: 11 Unity Street, #01-14/15, Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995 | Tel: +65 6836 5633 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2.30pm (Daily), 5.30pm – 11.30pm (Mon – Sat), 5.30pm – 10.30pm (Sun)
Can’t decide what to eat? At Bar Bar Black Sheep, you can choose from North Indian, Western and Thai cuisine. You can enjoy their open-air dining, while chilling to groovy tunes.
If you love the fragrance of curry but can’t handle your spice, then Bar Bar Butter Chicken (S$19.91++) from Bar Bar Black Sheep is perfect for you. Cooked with butter, tomato paste and masala, this traditional curry is sweet and creamy. Chunks of tender boneless chicken complete the dish.
Pair this rich dish with a complimentary Bira 91 IPA, and let the fruity notes complement the buttery curry. I really love how the IPA balances out the curry, preventing it from getting too jelak.
Bar Bar Black Sheep: 50 Kent Ridge Crescent, Ground Floor, Alice Lee Plaza, Singapore 119279 | Tel: +65 6259 1050 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 12noon – 1am (Fri & Sat) | Facebook | Website
Whenever I pop by an izakaya, I’m definitely going for comfort food and drinks. Tomo Izakaya has all the Japanese dishes I could possibly want.
I usually go for Japanese curry rice, but if you want something different, the Curry Udon (S$13) is just as tasty. You get the umami taste from the dashi stock, but also a slight hint of spice. Slurp all of that up together with the thick udon!
If you’re not a fan of udon, there’s always Curry Mayo Chicken (S$12) or Curry Yakisoba (S$14.50). As part of International Curry Week, you get to enjoy one free Bira 91 beer with any of these three dishes. I’d recommend the Bira 91 White, which is lighter on the palate with a smooth body.
Tomo Izakaya: 3A River Valley Road, #01-09, Singapore 179020 | Tel: +65 3165 0824 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm (Daily), 6pm – 1am (Sun – Thu), 6pm – 3am (Fri & Sat) | Facebook
8 Raffles Avenue, #01-09, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay, Singapore 039802 | Tel: +65 6333 0012 | Opening Hours: 12noon – 3pm (Daily), 5pm – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 5pm – 1am (Fri & Sat) | Facebook
So if you want to spice up your life, head over to any one of these restaurants during International Curry Week. Bring your friends along too, because curry’s for sharing and so is beer!
Kick back, relax, and crack open a cold one with your friends, because the only thing better than an ice-cold beer is knocking it back with your best buddies.
*This post is brought to you in partnership with Bira 91