A Review Of Devagi’s On Thompson Road (Providing Perspective)


We had a bad experience at Devagi’s on Thompson Road and some people aren’t happy that we weren’t happy. This blog once made the comment on Channel News Asia that the more negative a blog entry is, the more people like to read it. This is especially so since I’ve posted my impressions and memories of our dinner at Devagi’s on Thompson Road.

Unfortunately, the people who disagreed with my views were less than convincing in their comments, all of which are nothing more than Red herring fallacies where a red herring is an argument, given in response to another argument, which does not address the original issue (according to Wikipedia).

As the comments are degenerating – look at Albert Tan’s comments – into something circumferential and hence boring, let me restate and review the issues we had at Devagi’s so that we can either move away or at least move on.

1. Making reservations at Devagi’s was very difficult because of the indecisiveness of Devagi’s management;
2. Attempting to charge us corkage without providing wine service (we brought our own stemware);
3. The fish used in the fish head curry was not fresh.

I found the food to be mediocre which meant that while it was not bad, it was not exciting, i.e. nothing to write about, so I didn’t. And I think we all agree on our views of Devagi’s personality. There are a few other remarks from my friends who were there about service and execution but they are minor compared to the 3 issues I’ve listed above. As I’ve said before, no amount of insults or anecdotes of personal experiences can change what happened to us.

The supporters of Devagi seem to be split into two distinct groups: Foreigners and Local Singaporeans. The foreigners left emphatic but polite comments on the past visits to Devagi’s, to which I congratulate them on the success of their visits where mine was a failure.

As for the local Singaporeans, it appears that our MM Lee is right, it will be difficult for Singapore to be a gracious society. By leaving such comments on my blog they are no different than the people who deliberately urinate in public lifts.

It then begs the question whether the commentators that I am referring to suffer from a cult of personality or are merely a cargo cult.


Posted on 26th Feb 2008 in Food and Drink, Indian, Makankaki, Musings


There Are 10 Comments


LiquidShaDow commented on February 26, 2008 at 10:19 am

I’m inclined to think that many of the very vocal “opponents” in comments are of cloistered cell subscription when it comes to mindset. I’m sure you understand what I mean when I say that they are incapable of perceiving the fact that experiences may vary outside the realms of theirs.

And that an entry is a unique experience, consistency prevailing or not.

Well, as you advised me….relak lah.


Ivan commented on February 26, 2008 at 2:07 pm

@LiquidShaDow: Thanks. You are right, I should take my own advice. But sometimes, it’s quite funny.


Sumosumo commented on February 28, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Heard about this “uproar” whilst dining with some foodies from another blog site, who happen to also read this blog.

I dont see what the hoo ha and fuss is all about.

If the fish is not fresh, its not fresh. No amount of spice added by the Spice Queen and her proponents can change that.


Ivan commented on February 29, 2008 at 12:22 am

@Sumosumo: I think it’s about a group of people who cannot accept the fact that my friends and I did not have a good time at Devagi’s. I hope your group of foodies aren’t too disappointed with this blog. 😉


yixiaooo commented on March 1, 2008 at 12:19 am

Hey Ivan,

Even your non-fans can’t help not visiting your blog, your blog is IRRESISTIBLE. haha. I agree it’s really funny when people get so heated on OTHER peoples’ blogs. It’s almost like visiting someone’s house and going, “I hate the way you decorated the place…”


Yummie dummieS commented on March 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Taste is subjective. I think that line should suffice.


sooks commented on March 3, 2008 at 1:37 am

I think the subjectivity is exactly what makes food so interesting.
where would fun dinner conversations go if everyone had the exact same tastebuds?


Christopher commented on March 3, 2008 at 1:53 pm

ivan – nah.. wats to be disappointed about? food blogs are a free resource, and i usually refer to them to save time in looking for new places to try out.. kudos to the bloggers who take the time and the effort to photograph their food, and document their experience.

its through your blog that i discovered sage and kaisan…. (and got to know Thomas the chef..)

..and poor crabs drowned in soya sauce.


Pete commented on May 14, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I had to try Devagi’s to see for myself whether the barbs/compliments were justified. Had dinner there last week.

You were ABSOLUTELY right – for a well-known TV chef/cookbook writer, Devagi’s cooking is surprisingly mediocre … at best!


Ivan commented on May 15, 2008 at 12:30 am

@Pete: Thank you, it’s a shame because we also went with the expectations that can only come from a TV Cook.

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