BEST RESTAURANT IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE - 2006
Singapore manages to offer not one but two restaurants in the middle of nowhere: Singapore Chinese Cuisine in Maplewood and the more elegant (and emphatic) Singapore! in residential south Minneapolis. At the northern restaurant, try all the curry-rich treats of that former British colony; at the southern one, the menu is a remarkable combination of Malaysian and Ethiopian specialties. At either one, even in the dead of snow-tire winter, the roti prata appetizer alone is worth a journey of miles. That roti prata is a plate of crisp bread served with a richly spiced dipping curry so qualitatively better than any other curry you've had, it will reset your entire concept of the dish. Other options? Try the rendang daging berempah (beef in curry sauce) or the Captain's Curry (chicken and coconut and 27 spices), and you'll be ruined for other curry forever, as well as ruined for dining close to home.