Mr Good Says:
If you haven’t heard of Dine Inn, it is an online platform where foodies meet homecooks through food. Ultimately, Dine Inn hopes that we can book a dinner with our neighbour. But until my neighbour decides to join this platform, I shall be content to travel a little to have my homecooked meal some distance away.
My first Dine Inn experience was with Shaaleni. She serves Indian set meals at S$25 Nett/pax and they come with a starter, main and dessert. For starters and mains, there is a choice between authentic Indian or Indian fusion, but desserts are limited to European. Chatting with her, I learnt that she studied culinary arts in Paris and also had a short stint at a French Chocolatier in Singapore. No wonder she makes European desserts!
For our set meal, we chose the authentic Indian since we are fans of Indian Mutton Briyani! And it didn’t disappoint! The long grain basmati rice is perfectly al dente and the spices used are also on point (not overpowering). But the star is still the tender yet un-fatty mutton (all fats were painstakingly removed)!
Before meeting Shaaleni, I was apprehensive because I am not sociable by nature. I was worried about having a meal with awkward silences or forced conversations. In addition, I am not a fan of dogs and Shaaleni has one. But I was soon having tonnes of fun with both Shaaleni and Katsu (her dog) because both of them are so personable!
This first dine inn experience at Shaaleni’s gave me confidence about dining at a stranger’s place and I'll do this again! If you are keen to have less oily, less salty yet flavourful Indian food in a comfortable environment, give Shaaleni's Indian cuisine a try! But before you do so, one advice- typical of Indian meals, her portions are very generous, so prepare an empty stomach!
Mr Good Says: