What did PM Modi and PM Lee eat at Komala Vilas?
Call it dosai diplomacy.
India's Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and Singapore's Prime Minister Mr Lee Hsien Loong shared some dosai on Monday night (Nov 23).
After speaking at the 37th Singapore Lecture at the Shangri-La on Monday (Nov 23), Mr Modi shared on his Twitter account that he was being taken on an impromptu tour of Singapore by PM Lee.
Later, he revealed on his Twitter account that he, PM Lee and Madam Ho Ching shared a meal at Komala Vilas, the popular vegetarian restaurant located at Upper Serangoon Road.
However the Indian premier did not share what exactly they ate during their meal.
Mr Rajakumar Gunasekaran, the operations director of Komala Vilas, told The New Paper over the phone that they shared a platter of vadai and idly.
The 29-year-old also said that they shared two different types of Dosai.
A platter Vadai to share
A platter of Idly to share
One Masala Dosai to share
One Onion Masala Dosai to share
To wash down the food, they had traditional Indian drinks, sweet yoghurt lassi, mango lassi and lime juice.
Mr Gunasekaran said that when he was informed that his restaurant was chosen to serve the prime ministers of two nations, he was excited but nervous.
"I wanted everything to move smoothly," he said.
According to him, the restaurant operated normally till 8.30pm when they were informed that their very-very-important guests were on their way to the restaurant.
"We ushered customers on the first floor up to the second floor so that the two leaders can dine in peace on the first floor," he added.
Pictures shared by a TNP reader showed that crowds clamouring for a picture of the prime ministers outside the restaurant.
PHOTO: TNP reader Subramaniam Arumugam
Judging from Mr Modi's tweets, it seemed that they certainly had an enjoyable time.
After the whole dinner, Mr Modi thank PM Lee for his hospitality.
PM Lee, ever the gracious host, replied to Mr Modi on Twitter by saying that it was a pleasure.
Mr Gunasekaran said that they left at about 10pm.
"I'm happy that everything went smoothly," he said.
"I'm proud that a restaurant that my grandfather founded was chosen to host the Prime Minister of India," he added.