Ask any average Singaporeans about types of North Indian cuisine, and you may get the three standard replies of “Naan, Briyani and Chicken Tandoori”. I am true to admit that I am not very familiar myself, only because I have not tried something that would change my mind.
Yantra has to be one of the finest restaurants locally offering authentic North Indian cuisine – with a rich and elegant setting that enhances the dining experience. The space is huge, enough for events and gatherings, yet comfortable enough to feel the privacy and classiness of the surroundings.
Under the realms of the new Executive Chef Chintan Pandya (seen in CNA’s The Perfect Meal Asia), Yantra has launched a new extensive menu set to gratify your palates.
What will probably excite you is the number of kebabs offered, extending to several pages of a mouth-watering pictorial menu. The Macchi Tukda Haiyali ($33) though looking a little unattractive in a green seasoning of mint, coriander and curry leaves, is enjoyably fresh with melt-in-your-mouth fish.
Almost every table was ordering a Raan-e-Yantra ($39) – tender baby leg of lamb embraced in an earthy marinade of yougurt and special seasoning. Before it is placed on the table, it is set on fire with fennel flavoured rum, thereafter giving the meat a slight-charred crisp layer.
My favourite dish was the Jhinga Goa Curry ($35) which contained fresh prawns gently cooked in a coconut curry, tempered with mustard seeds and curry leaves. The gravy was thick, tasty and not overly spicy, and what won the game were the succulent prawns which worked as a perfect blend with the curry.
And I must mention that the chicken biryani rice, made with specially imported basmati grains, is the best I have ever tasted in my life. My heart was crying out with a sense of satisfaction.
After a heavy meal, ‘wash’ your food down at the Soma Bar next door with the signature Watermelon Rose Martini which will end the meal off in a delightful and pleasurable way.
Yantra, 163 Tanglin Road, #01-28/33 Tanglin Mall, Singapore, Tel: +65 6836 3088
Opening Hours: Sun–Thu: 12pm–3pm, 6.30pm–10pm; Fri–Sat: 12pm–3pm, 6.30pm–11pm