The Gravy Train
OCC Singapore Review of Gravy, Tanjong Katong – The gravy train
The Oakham Curry Club (OCC) is a well-respected Institution with multiple international franchises. This review of “Gravy – The gravy train” being the latest by our Singapore branch. The OCC takes pride in searching out the finest Indian restaurants and providing impartial reviews of Curry Houses all over the world.
Members vote anonymously without being influenced by other members (we call this “no swaying”) on 5 categories, and an average score out of a maximum 10 is given to each restaurant we review.
For full transparency, see below scores (out of 10). The voting is based on the votes from OCC members. Restaurants must score an average of 7/10 or above to receive the OCC sticker of recommendation. All OCC members have been through a rigorous selection process to gain entry into the Club. In short, we all know our curries.
Gravy (Tanjong Katong - East side)
Meet on the 16th Dec 2020: 246 Tanjong Katong Rd
Customer Care: 6.92
Gravy East side IS AWARDED the OCC badge of recommendation
An Adventurous OCC threw caution to the wind and serendipitously visited Gravy ‘East-side’ in our final meet of the year. Allowing this venue the opportunity to pit itself against its sister branch for the highest accolade in Indian cuisine, the pinnacle of every chef’s career, the illustrious Oakham Curry Club Singapore chapter’s CHOTY (Curry House Of The Year).
Less than three months prior, our motley crew of curry enthusiasts visited Gravy’s other venue, in Tanjong Pagar, where it received rave reviews and the highest score this OCC year to date. With this being the concluding review of the year, it set up a spicy inter-restaurant rivalry as one of the ‘Gravy’ chain were guaranteed to win the coveted CHOTY.
Some earnest members questioned the restaurant selection, as it made the CHOTY a foregone formality. Chants of ‘Stop the Steal’ could be heard around Robertson quay, home of Dabbawalla, the second highest scoring SG restaurant to date. Following speculation of bungs and coups the OCC have pledged to investigate any impropriety and (like the well-known TV show ‘Record Breakers’) will search for a Norris McWhirter to ensure everything is adjudicated correctly in the future.
Adhering to Covid restrictions two separate sittings were held, allowing for a welcomed return to wearing ties and badges. The evening started well in the OCCs venue of choice, a dodgy bar with drink deals. So much merriment was had that the early sitting only arrived seconds before the start of the meet (and literally before anyone else in the restaurant).
Gravy ‘East-side’ had some big expectations following the strong scores from its counterpart venue and overall did not disappoint. Complimentary peanuts and masala chips came free with our bottles of kingfisher, setting us up for a jovial time as we perused the menu.
Overall the meal was good but not stand out, corroborated by a lack of dishes being referenced in the member reviews. The platters were scrumptious with a good assortment of chicken, fish and paneer tandoori kebabs & tikkas. Generous sized portions of curries were noted but they lacked the punch the OCC normally expect. Now this may be a result of the curries we picked OR a consequence of a textbook bottle of Monkey Shoulder whisky being ordered by our teetotaller for the night.
Service was swift, unfortunately they were let down by inferior customer care despite being aware of the OCC in attendance. Highlighted by the over-attention given to a couple of ‘food bloggers’ who clearly had no Love for the Curry, preferring to take pictures of it instead of eating it. A mistake our expert Man vs Curry machines would never do.
Eagerly awaited scoring awarded Gravy ‘East-side’ an OCC Approval rating but not enough to eclipse its sister branch. Meaning Gravy - Hoe Chiang Rd will now take the bragging rights and the greatest honour in global food awards to become the OCC Curry House of the Year - Singapore 2020. We return to present the CHOTY to Gravy TP next month, meaning the OCC will have visited a Gravy restaurant 3 times out of the last 5 meets; bring on the lychee curry.
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