Prata Alley – Clementi’s Very Own Hipster Indian Food Joint
On the ground level of 321 Clementi, you simply cannot miss the captivating neon-red “Prata Alley” signboard of this air-conditioned eatery.
Housing long dining tables in the middle as well as cosy corner seats, Prata Alley serves as an apt gathering spot for a casual catch-up with all your pals. The interior of the place is decked in a minimalistic fashion, with prominent black and white brick walls adorned with photos of their glorious (and sinful) Indian food spread.
Prata Alley is known for putting a fun local spin on all-time favourites such as Prata, Murtabak, and Roti John. They have even begun experimenting with pizzas. Yes, they now have pizza pratas which are stuffed with mozzarella cheese, bolognese sauce, mushrooms, chicken chunks and olives.
We decided to stick to the classics and ordered their Plain Prata (S$1.30), Cheese & Egg Prata (S$4) as well as the Chicken Sambal Biryani (S$8.50).
One thing is for sure, the fluffy pratas here are served nice and crisp, with a good balance of textures and taste. The pratas are also not drenched in oil and retain a soft overall texture. You can actually witness the chef swiftly flipping and tossing the fresh dough via the glass panels overlooking the kitchen.
As you dig into the Cheese & Egg option, you will realize that the lavish portion of melted mozzarella cheese really steals the limelight here.
In a harmonious blend with the evenly-spread egg, every bite packs a delightful punch, more so when you leave the prata soaking in the spicy fish curry. Albeit slightly sour, the curry adds that extra zing to make the meal even more satisfying.
Moving on to the Chicken Sambal Biryani next, we had to mentally note how neatly plated the dish was. Served in a mini silver pot, the saffron-tinged rice was very aromatic and came with a hard-boiled egg.
Although the portion of chicken was rather small, the meat was absolutely tender and the gravy was mind-blowingly good. In fact, it was so good that we eventually started dipping the prata in! The intriguing blend of spices with hints of coconut milk in this flavoursome gravy made the biryani a success.
If you happen to be in the West and want to satisfy your prata cravings, Prata Alley makes for a viable choice. The food here is decent and service is impeccable. Then again, with good ol’ prata, you can never really go wrong.
321 Clementi Ave 3, #01-12
Tel: +65 9181 4511
Daily: 7.30am – 12am
Nearest Station: Clementi
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