Indian Times At Playground @ Big Splash

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It’s 2008 and I am amazed that some people still think the “@” sign is cool.

This crossed my mind when the ladies and Ganesh organized a dinner about a week ago and invited me. There were several options but I pleaded against going to Vansh because: a) I’ve been there many times and b) tandoori and kebabs get boring after a while.

So they decided on Indian Times at the former Big Splash. And in accordance to some Kosmic Law of Karmic Komedy, Indian Times is a restaurant that serves tandoori meats and vegetables on kebabs.

The former Big Splash has been ripped up and changed significantly. There used to be a very good wine bar and a Churrascaria here. There are more carparks for one thing, but I do not recognize it anymore. June pointed out a childcare center here with the ominous-sounding name “Frisk & Romp”.

Anyway, Indian Times is a largish restaurant that serves skewers of food on a charcoal fire at your table. Skewers of food are replenished as you burn the previous skewers from lack of attention while talking to your friends.

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There is a side buffet that features side dishes of salad, rice, two types of mutton and two types of dessert which I thought was pretty good but very filling.

The starter of Naan was very good. I like my Naan toasty, crisp and full of Garlic. SFF finished two bowls of Dal, so it must be good, but you’ll have to wait for her write-up on it to know.

On the table-side grill, we had potato and other allied vegetables like green mushrooms, peppers, onions and tomatoes. There were two types of chicken; one with Tandoor spices and the other with coriander. Both were good. I was delighted to find that they had Cauliflower on skewers. I love Cauliflower because of their clean-tasting crunchiness.

Cooking was a chore because the skewers had to be rotated constantly or risk being burnt. So most of the time conversation was difficult, until we decided to stop eating and placed the skewers of food on the side.

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Dinner was fun where The Urban Explorer used our birthdates to calculate our characters. She looked very apprehensive when she calculated mine. We adjourned to the nearby Starbucks to talk about someone’s new Nikon D90. This got to be so boring that June quit the group in search of alcohol. But I am sure you would agree with me when I say that a budget marketing team and a dearth of ideas is not a good excuse for gratuitous usage of “@”.

Indian Times is at 902 East Coast Parkway Blk B #01-05 Playground @ Big Splash

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Posted on 30th Sep 2008 in Food and Drink, Indian


There Are 6 Comments


jy commented on October 1, 2008 at 1:28 am

Thanks Ivan! The scrollbar’s back :))


chocolate reindeer commented on October 2, 2008 at 8:25 am

Hi Ivan,

would you care to try Chat Masala, which I have found to be consistently good? I recently went to Indian Times (and brought my kid to Frisk and Romp), but found the food a tad salty. Incidentally, Indian Times is a restaurant in the Kinara Group.


Ivan commented on October 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm

@CR: Let me know when you’re organizing a session. Weekends are better for me.


julie commented on October 26, 2008 at 12:56 am

Thanks, we went to Indian Times! the concept is really cool.
Hands up for food and decor.


Ivan commented on October 28, 2008 at 10:25 am

@julie: Glad you liked it, but I found it rather hard to cook the food and talk to my friends at the same time. 🙂


julie commented on November 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I can understand that, bu its not about cooking your kabab. Its something that makes u to little work for your meal.
but any way the concept is really new in indian food and the buffet spread is nice worth of money.

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