Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant, Singapore
Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant is located on a busy Serangoon Road in Little India, Singapore. The place is not far from famous Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple and that’s how me and my husband ended up at Big Bites in the first place. We were just visiting the area and suddenly hunger kicked in.
Big Bite’s incredibly extensive menu –including a section for children—seems to have pretty much every example of Indian food from idlis, chaats, dosas, oothapam, sizzler dishes to biryani. Indian bread section includes roti, naan, chappati, pratha and kulcha. Even the dosa section in their menu has a large variety of dosas which I have never come across anywhere else before. North and south Indian thali are also available although they call them meals.
Although they call themselves pure vegetarian, it’s just vegetarian from what I observed. However, they have a sign saying “Jain preparation is available upon request” and that means they are capable of preparing vegan food. Jain food in India although being lacto vegetarian excludes dairy if animal cruelty is involved. So, vegans should be catered well hereat Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant.
I must admit, being an Indian restaurant, the service didn’t even have the smidgen of Indian hospitality or friendliness. We didn’t know that they had a variety of desserts downstairs which were not on the menu. So, we ended up buying sweets on our way out.
Ground floor has some chairs and tables and a large buffet of Indian sweets. However, you dine upstairs. The dining area upstairs was quite stuffy but they didn’t seem to be using air conditioning. It’s not only you are in a humid climate but also consuming hot and spicy food. I think they should reconsider their cooling plan. Clearly leaving the windows open doesn’t help at all.
While Big Bites seems to be the only sensible choice when you visit Little India, the food is oily, the service is unfriendly and it is quite hot upstairs in the dining area.
Big Bites Pure Vegetarian Restaurant
70 Serangoon Road
Phone: +65 6297 6297
Little India and Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
Little India is the perfect place to buy little trinkets, souvenirs, Indian CDs, movies if you’re into Bollywood and gorgeous saris. I believe the best place for shopping is Little Indian Arcade which is located on Hastings Road. I remember buying incredibly colourful Indian bangles there.
Food is a huge part of Indian culture and the shops around Little India have everything an Indian cook would need from herbs and spices to fresh produce. For everything else, locals go across to Johor Bharu, Malaysia. How do I know this? Because, we travelled to Johor Bharu with a local to buy some string hoppers.
There are a few Indian temples around the area. My favourite one is Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple which is one of the oldest temples in Singapore. It was completed in 1880s and is dedicated to Kali: the goddess of destruction (Kali can be seen in the photo below: the upper right corner).
When we arrived at Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple, there was this full-on ceremony happening with live music. You can see the main worship hall in this short video below.
Sri Veeramakaliamman Temple
141 Serangoon Road