In the third and final of three exclusive interviews with participating chefs we talk to chef Manjunath Mural, who will be flying from Singapore to cook at Macau's first Street Food Festival. The Mumbai-born chef, whose culinary style of “Asian-Indian gastronomy” blends traditional Indian techniques with flavours from other cuisines, won him a Michelin star rating for Singapore-based restaurant The Song of India, which has served many Bollywood celebrities, prominent industrialists, political leaders and past prime ministers of India.
What was your reaction to being listed in the Michelin Guide?
As an Indian restaurant, getting Michelin recognition is a dream come true. We were so emotional and felt like crying, and at one point we were speechless.
What would you be if you weren’t a chef?
A room service manager or a pharmacist.
What is your restaurants' most popular dish?
Song of India is known for dishes from various part of India, from north to south, east to west. Our signature is a menu called Journey through India, which serves a variety of signature dishes that range from a kebab starter (a taste of various kebab bites) to tandoori prawn and dum briyani.
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What is your idea of food heaven and hell?
I always keep in mind that all food to me is food heaven and so I have not experienced a food hell since I respect every person who has cooked the food. The only difference is that a person probably needs guidance to make their food become a food heaven.
What is the strangest food you’ve eaten?
Brain of a goat—it tastes similar to an omelette.
For whom would you most like to cook?
Of course for my guests, and for my family.
If you could prepare one last meal, what would it be?
I would prepare a very modern presentation of a six-course Indian set menu, which would range from amuse bouche to dessert. It has always been my dream to make Indian cuisine similar to haute French cuisine. I would invite all my close friends and treat them to this menu.
Michelin Guide Street Food Festival
12 noon to 8pm daily
Studio City, Estrada do Istmo
The Song of India
33 Scotts Road, Singapore
+65-6836 0055, thesongofindia.com
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