Maziga Indian Grill & Bar

Maziga Indian Grill & Bar

3C River Valley Road near Clarke Quay MRT

Opened by the owners of Punjab Grill, but held in a totally different area that is filled with a more casual crowd, Maziga Indian Grill & Bar could be recognised by their tapas serving style, filled with theatrical effects for certain dishes while new, intriguing elements are thoughtfully introduced into most dishes to spice up the excitement.

IMG_9530IMG_9531Maziga Munchies
Masala Pasta Fries. $9.50.
Tava Grilled Bhavnagri Chilies stuffed with Amul Cheddar Cheese. $9.90.

IMG_9537IMG_9538Bite size Tapas – Sweet & Sour soya glazed Tandoori Jerky Lamb Ribs ($24.90). Tandoor Smoked Apple Salad crispy Soft Shell Crab ($18.90).

IMG_9543IMG_9544Veg Tapas – Paneer Chili Tikka ($16.50). Wok Masala Fries with Chili and sweet glaze ($9.90). One of my favourite cheeses, the paneer over here could have been cut smaller I reckon, so that a higher surface area could be flavoured up with the chili tikka.

IMG_9547IMG_9549Chit Chaat Bazaar – Mumbai Chowpatty Beach Ragda Pattie ($13.50). Old Delhi Golgappa Chaat with Chilied Jaljeera Oxide ($12.90).

Maziga Burgers & Chips & Pizza – Lamb Galouti Kebab in Maska Pav ($12.50). Amritsar Fish & Chips ($9.50). Naan Pizza topped with tandoori smoked chicken or paneer tikka ($12.50).

IMG_9552Main Course Veg – Wokfried Paneer Tacos that is stuffed with a dry masala of cottage cheese and corn ($16.50).

IMG_9553Main Course Non-Veg – Red Snapper ($20.50). This was actually the favourite dish of the night as the soft, tenderised snapper is lifted up beautifully by the creamy sauce reminiscent of a flavourful curry. I had almost one whole snapper on my own.

IMG_9557Desserts – Masala Chai Kulfi White Forest Candy Floss. $13.90.

We see the potential there with the meticulous cooking techniques displayed, but are slightly uncertain if it is wise to have too many fried dishes on the tapas menu as it may not pander to the general crowd.

 

Punjab Grill – A hearty Indian Fine dining

Punjab Grill

Marina Bay Sands near Bayfront MRT

I have always thought that Sound of Music is an outlier from the normal fine dining restaurants which are infamous for their usual mouth sized, anorexic serving portions, but after having been to Punjab Grill did I come to realise that upmarket Indian restaurants do serve their portions much bigger, as you could have never imagined that the chunky meaty dishes are actually but just the appetisers. Serving seasonal menus round the year, depending very much on the seasons in India, the visit to Punjab Grill this time round gave us a taste of her Monsoon menu. Slightly colder than the rest of the year this period, the food prepared revolves mainly around a balmy theme, to keep the soul and body warm. A fun dinner that night, with some stellar dishes proving highly memorable.

IMG_9502Monsoon menu Chaat – Crispy potato chips and chick peas Ki chaat

IMG_9512Monsoon menu assorted fritters – Broccoli, artichoke, asparagus, cottage cheese served together with the sauce platter filled with minty yoghurt, the sharper tasting tamarind sauce and finally the familiar chilli sauce. These fritters, coated with a spiced fluffier batter, are quite the soulful comfort finger food for me, with the asparagus one being my favourite!

IMG_9507Pan grilled tiger prawn spiked with tossed lemon bread crumbs. Slightly zestier with the lemon drizzle, these succulent prawns were pan grilled to a perfect consistency with its juices entirely retained. Tasting robust and flavourful yet not overly smothered by the three different sauces, this made into my favourite list easily!

IMG_9514Smoked salmon – It may look overly cooked on the outside, but that is really just a thick slather of spiced paste, as the medium rare salmon is still perfectly tender with a light pinkish hue within.

IMG_9509Tandoori kukkad wings tamarind flavoured. And if we think we have gotten halfway into the mains, then you might be delighted to know that this whole series of vegetarian and non-vegetarian platters are actually just the appetiser! We need to open the other compartment to stuff the mains in we realised in the middle of the meal.

IMG_9519And now moving on to the mains which I enjoyed all thoroughly, perhaps due to the more familiar taste and the super hearty portions given over here, as they ironically brought me deep memories from London where the Brits proudly proclaim that curry is their national dish. Aloo Gobi ki Tehri Briyani – A small cup of rice, but with every grain so heavily flavoured with the potent curry sauce, it definitely was moreish.

IMG_9523Tofu Lababdar – Paneer I thought initially which I have profound love for, it actually turned out that the chef uses the same sauce, but with the silky healthy tofu instead! Dense, flavourful yet still slightly lighter tasting than the rest of the dishes, I couldn’t help but have two servings of it!

IMG_9525Smoked Tandoori duck simmered in Kashmiri rogan Jus, in short duck curry. Spicier than I initially expected as so far, none of the dishes came close to unhandleable while this made me slightly cautious when soaking the naan into it! Duck was however on point, generously served with a lot of drumsticks in it!

IMG_9521IMG_9524So many curry based dishes for the mains and thus here comes the the bread basket for us, as well as many other tables around to savour every drop of painstakingly cooked curry. Mop them up clean with either the Masala ajwaini missi roti or the pickled olives chillies paratha, as we promise these fluffy, beautifully made bread slices will render an even more wholesome experience.

IMG_9527Dessert platter with Betel leaf Kulfi and mango cheesecake with chocolate powder. All the elements working perfectly together, my love for kulfi is rekindled by this refreshing Betel leaf rendition, as it interestingly functions both as a palate cleanser as well as a satisfying creamy ice cream.

IMG_9528Flambe Chocolate bomb served with saffron pistachio frosty – the dessert that wowed the table! I guess I could give PokemonGo a miss with this fire ball!

Highly satisfied by its mains and intriguing appetisers, it is hard not to look forward to what the chef would unveil for the other seasonal menus!

 

The Song of India – An Indian fine dining for your Valentine’s dinner?

The Song of India

33 Scotts Rd, Singapore 228226 near Newton MRTIMG_9128Just like a typical Singaporean or Asian Chinese, the fine-dining scene for me has been largely focused on Cantonese, Japanese and European cuisines which we are usually more familiar with. And I have to admit, this is our first ever visit to an upmarket Indian restaurant, at which we honourably got to understand Chef Mural philosophy through his specially curated Valentine’s Day Menu ($89, only served on 14/2/2016). The Song of India did indeed secure exclamations from us throughout the whole 6-course dinner. And if we think it’s all about spices, technically that’s correct as none of the dish is free of Indian spices, but to fix them all together perfectly, it could be one of the most daunting tasks (and thus, it being one of the most complicated cuisines in the world) and boy at The Song of India, they were all adequately balanced with finesse; we say, Indian cuisine has just been brought to the next level.

IMG_9131Kick starting off the meal with the green zesty cocktail and orange refreshing mocktail, they opened the meal beautifully. Zesty, piercing yet still really refreshing, the alcoholic vodka was added to the right amount to render that kick, naturally that green kiwi cocktail was my favourite!

IMG_9132Amuse Bouche – Spiced Potato Relish made into a mini burger. Fried to a perfect crisp and flavoured up with a range of spices and the pesto mint sauce, this petite burger has just made a statement.

IMG_9135Lotus Root Butter Bean Shorba, with Sesame chilli Cheese Stick and fried lotus. Definitely a good bowl of creamy soup over here, smooth and adequately buttery in texture, this was flavourful while the dash of spice helps to cut through its creaminess.

IMG_9140IMG_9138IMG_9139This was literally a huge Starter with loads of different meat served. Fish with Masala cavier marinated with mustard (perfectly baked to render that tenderness within), Roasted Quails Avocado Chat and Lamb Chop Wazvan. All were spot on, but if a choice has to be made, we love the lamp chop best that has been slowly cooked for two hours, yet its juiciness still retained while that Wazvan sauce added an exciting, thick body to it.

IMG_9141Heavy starters they are, and the chef is thoughtful enough to add a lime Kalamansi sorbet as a palate cleanser. Creamy and acidic enough the sorbet is, the earthy, spicy and nutty taste of the sprinkled cumin has helped to further lift the overall taste.

IMG_9146IMG_9144IMG_9148Main course – Chicken Deedar (slow cooked chicken stuffed with baby spinach, cream cheese), Brussels sprout and Baby potatoes, served with the Nutty Quinoa Pulao and the Assorted crispy Naan Basket (Truffle mushroom and garlic flavours). Carved into a plump heart, the meaty flavour of the mashed chicken has been further accentuated by the orange fennel yoghurt sauce.

IMG_9151Dessert – Saffron Chironji Panacotta and Lychee, pistachio Kulfi. Of which, my clear favourite was the kulfi perfumed heavily with the milky aroma while the panna cotta tasted a little too foreign to us with the more earthy ingredients used for its flavour.

IMG_9126Despite a little jittery unfamiliarity in the final dessert course, every other course was just spot on. And we have lost count just how many elements were placed on each dish that have been gelled so seamlessly together. Oh yes, and not to forget this Valentine’s menu is only available on the night itself, 14th Feb 2016.

Thank you Chef Mural for sharing his philosophy with us.