Yantra in Tanglin Mall is a famous North Indian restaurant which has been around for years. I’ve tried it once, many years ago, long before I started to love Indian food, even before I started this blog!
This classy restaurant is known for fine North Indian dining and just a few months ago, Yantra has made some changes to their restaurant welcoming acclaimed Chef Hemant Oberoi to helm their kitchen.
Papadum to munch on while waiting. I tried my best to control and not get full on these. (Based on past experiences, I got half full with papadum and had little room left for the real stuff so…)
A platter was served as the first dish and while this combination is not found in the menu, it actually consists of items from other dishes, so it’s kind of life a tasting plate of 3 items.
Here we have Minted Lamb Chop with ginger cumin dressing, Sarson Ke Phoon – mustard flavoured broccoli and Malai Chicken Tikka stuffed with tellicherry pepper and cream cheese.
The lamb chop was my favourite from this plate since I love lamb chops.
Another sort of papadum as intermission before the main course arrived.
Assorted bread, staple of a meal like this one. Good naan is a basic requirement of a good restaurant and this met the mark. The garlic naan and butter naan were my favourites. I could even eat them on their own.
Dal Makhani – $32.00++
Black urad simmered overnight
Urad is a black lentil from in India. Dal Makhani originated from the Punjab region in India and is a popular dish there. This goes well with the assorted naan.
Guess what’s in here?
Baingan Saraf – $30.00++
Smoked brinjal mash with spaices
It’s brinjal of course! Served in a matching container.
Tawa Chicken Pulao – $38.00++
Aromatic juicy chicken and rice
Martabaan Ka Meat – $45.00++
Piquant slow cooked lamb curry in ceramic jar
There’s also a vegetarian version of this with chick peas instead of lamb.
Paneer Beet Aur Sirka Pyaz – $32.00++
Cottage cheese, beet and pickled onions
Another entree from the vegetarian section.
A little bit of each – vegetarian on the left, non-vegetarian on the right.
I would have to admit that these dishes are unfamiliar to me and I have not tried other versions of the same dishes before, not that I remember. I can’t be the best judge here, but it sure seems that you can find authentic north Indian cuisine here and that’s probably why it’s popular among Indian customers. This big restaurant was almost filled when I was here, on a Thursday evening.
For sure the dishes were well prepared like the meat items had the flavours from the spices well marinated in for instance.
Prices for the ala carte menu are on the steep side for sure, but you may like to know that if you come for lunch, you could get great value with their buffets at $29.50++/pax for weekdays lunch and $49.00++/pax for weekend brunch.
A platter of traditional Indian desserts to end our meal.
On the left is some milk with nuts (sorry I’m not sure!), middle is a Kulfi-sicle and the the right is Different Strokes – a flavoured Jalebi. These items can be found on the menu as individual dishes.
Overall: A very classy North Indian fine-dining restaurant.
163 Tanglin Rd
#01-28/33 Tanglin Mall
Tel: 6836 3088
Mon – Fri: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Mon – Sun: 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Sat & Sun: 11:30am – 3:00pm
Deepavali / Diwali Specials 2016
Deepavali is just around the corner once again, and many restaurants are geared up for the festival with festive menus and special creations. Yantra is no exception with their Deepavali special buffet promotion and their festive sweets.
This year’s Deepavali sweets are presented in a lacquered box which was designed with the intention to be reused as jewelry storage or to contain your knick knacks! This 20 piece box is $69 while a 12 piece box (paper box) is $39.
6 kinds of sweets are available and the box will be assorted.
Here’s a clearer description of the flavours.
For those interested to dine at Yantra for this special occasion this year, the festive lunch buffet from 28th – 30th October 2016 is $59.00++/pax. I reckon reservations are necessary since this restaurant is so popular!
You would be able to find the above featured dishes and more since there’s more than 50 dishes to choose from in this buffet. Call 81395654 for bookings.