The Place Located at Pan Pacific Singapore, the popular Indian restaurant Rang Mahal has on board award-winning Chef Milind Sovani whom was previously behind One Michelin-Starred Indian restaurant The Song of India. Established since 1971, Rang Mahal moved into its current location in 2001 and has since revamped itself twice in 2007 and 2012. One of the most recognised India restaurant in the country, I was excited to visit Rang Mahal again, having last visited here back in 2016 for its lunch buffet.
Decked in darker tones, with a more refined proposition, you will have to walk into a dim alley from its main entrance before entering the restaurant’s main dining hall. The private room can accommodate up to 18 pax, with a lounge corner for pre-dinner drinks or after-dinner leisure chats.
The Food To put it simply, Rang Mahal dishes out the finest of Indian cuisine, with much inspirations coming from French plating techniques, and a creative rethink of presenting traditional Indian food in whole new concept.
We started the dinner with the Tomato Saar, and Mulethi Herb Foam (S$20), a classic Indian Tomato Soup enhanced with Ayurvedic Mulethi herb. The soup base is a clear broth done simply from tomato, and it is then added into the bowl with a layer of the Ayurvedic Mulethi herb foam, supposedly to add a hint of sweetness to the soup. This is a very addictive start to the dinner, with fellow diners all clearing up the last spoonful of the soup from their bowl.
To start on the savouries, the the Roomali Masala Papad (S$15) is a giant papad topped with lentil crispies, onion, tomato and chilli. A fellow diner commented that this is the ultimate football game snacks, and he is right about that. This is best for sharing with a larger dining group, perfect for the pre-mains bites as the kitchen fires up the dinner proper.
This is the highlight of the dinner for me. The Tandoori Fondue (S$58) is not only pleasing to the eye, but it actually tastes very good too. The grilled chicken is done to near perfection, with the meats still tender and juicy, yet nicely grilled on the outside. A dip into the Cheese Tomato Makhni fondue gets you a generous warm melted cheese coating, and a very satisfied palate thereafter. I strongly recommend this dish whenever you dine at Rang Mahal.
Another of our table’s favourite, the Dhuwandaar Lamb Chops (S$42) is cooked in tandoor and served covered in a glass cover while being smoked in Garam Masada and Applewood. Juicy meats with good char crisp on the outside, the chops do not have the gamy taste usually associated with lamp.
This Kerala-styled coconut-based curry with vegetables is Subz Moilee (S$36). Satisfying, though the portion is rather small for its price point.
With similarities in presentation akin to the North Africa’s Shashuka Eggs, the Parsi Kheema Per Eeda, Maska Bao (S$55) is Mumbai’s rendition of minced masala lamb topped with eggs and served with a side plan of buttered buns. Not a crowd favourite, the lamb is rather singular in taste for me, and at the price tag, I am definitely expecting way more than just a dip sauce.
Other sides to order include the Tandoori Duet of White & Green Asparagus (S$35) and the Bombay Pani Poori (S$25). And if you still crave for more at Rang Mahal, order the Butter Chicken Pao (S$42). These steamed Naan Baos is inspired by oriental food, and stuffed with the classic Northern Indian’s butter chicken.
To end the meal on a high note, the Gulab Jamun Flambe (S$25) lit up the room when it is served flambed with liquor. A mix of fresh fruits and the traditional Jamun, although the version here is much less sweet and more palatable.
The last dessert served was the Lychee Kulfi (S$20), basically homemade Indian Lychee frostie, or if you may, Lychee Sorbet. Satisfying for one with sweet tooth, I am just not sure if the price tag is justifiable.
Rants We find the prices here way too high, even for a fine dining restaurant.
Will I Return Again? We enjoy our Indian food, but there are some highlights at Rang Mahal that make us crave for it now, though be prepared to splurge for a meal here. At the very least, my revisit to Rang Mahal was a satisfying one.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore
7 Raffles Boulevard
Tel: +65 6333 1788
Daily: 12pmto 2.30pm; 6.30pm to 10.30pm
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