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.
Monsoon menu Chaat – Crispy potato chips and chick peas Ki chaat
Monsoon 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!
Pan 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!
Smoked 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.
Tandoori 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.
And 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.
Tofu 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!
Smoked 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!
So 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.
Dessert 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.
Flambe 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!