Located along the same row of shops as the famous Boon Tong Kee (River Valley branch), I must have passed by Spize The Makan Place, a casual Indian Muslim eatery, many times without a chance to eat there. Yesterday evening, the planets were in alignment. Spize’s extensive menu includes Indian pratas, Malay satay and nasi goreng (fried rice), Chinese-style fried noodles, and Western-style burgers and fish and chips.
In the mood for Indian food, I asked about the murtabaks, to which svelte server Nur replied, “The portion is quite large. You might not be able to finish it.” Well, she’s obviously never met a female food blogger before. Oops. Heh!
Shamelessly, I went ahead and ordered the chicken murtabak anyway. It arrived smelling wickedly delicious, a hint of greatness to come.
Boy, the murtabak was fantastic. Thin, light, and crispy prata enveloping a generous stuffing of spicy chicken and potato, it was so good it could kick some serious butt. I may not have much murtabak-eating experience, but I sure know a great one when I taste it.
What I also liked was that the fried dough was hardly greasy. Another plus point: The prata remained crispy till nearly the end of the meal. While filling, the murtabak didn’t sit uncomfortably heavy in the tummy.
A word of warning: it’s really spicy! In fact, it was so hot that I started panting and sweating midway. The spice level is probably just right for chilli fans, but not for the faint-hearted. Wicked stuff, but absolutely irresistible.
Mightily impressed, I’m definitely coming back to check out the other items on the menu. Spize operates from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., obviously catering to the dinner crowd, night owls, and clubbers. It’s a casual eatery, i.e. no air-conditioning. In fact, most of the seating is by the road. Leave your Armanis and Versaces at home.
Spize The Makan Place
409 River Valley Road
Tel: (65) 6734 9194
Opening hours: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.