April 3, 2015
One of the best ways to discover a country is undoubtedly to relish its street food; and for that reason, dining at Table by Rang Mahal will leave you feeling like you’ve been on a whirlwind gastronomical journey through north, south and coastal India.
This contemporary Indian restaurant is located at the ground floor of the Naumi Hotel at Seah Street has recently refreshed its menu, incorporating the offerings of its former sister restaurant Vansh, once a popular dining spot at the Stadium Waterfront before its closure in 2013. For starters, we tried variations of chaats, a term that refers to savoury street snacks popular in the Indian subcontinent. The Guava Chaat ($12++) is an intriguing combination of guava cubes with mango powder and pomegranate rubies, and we found ourselves wanting second helpings of the Prawn Chaat ($21++), made of succulent baby shrimps, well-paired with masala of fennel seeds, curry leaves and chillies.
If you’re craving something crispy, get the Classic Mumbai Frankie ($15++) or Chicken Frankie ($18++) to share – frankies are stuffed flatbread rolls, a Mumbai street food staple. The classic version comes filled with potato and onions, while the chicken is a healthier option, as the chicken chunks are tossed with spring onions, tomatoes and fresh cilantro and cooked with less oil. For something with a Western twist, the kulzzas are a Table by Rang Mahal original creation, inspired by both pizza and Indian bread. The Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Kulzza ($10++) is as straightforward as its name implies, and is a non-spicy alternative to the Chilli Cheese Kulzza ($10++) with mild yellow cheddar, piquant chilli and fresh coriander. Both are made up of thin, crispy slices of fresh bread, are great for sharing and don’t fill up your stomach too much.
But it’s the Lamb Biryani ($24++) that the Rang Mahal restaurants are really famous for, and it did not disappoint in the least. The basmati rice used is evidently of high quality, made extra flavourful by being slow-cooked on dum with saffron, mint, and the tender lamb cubes. You’ll probably find yourself eagerly scraping the bottom of the bowl soon after it’s served.
Not sure what to have for dessert? The Dessert Trio ($14++) solves your dilemma by offering two classic Indian desserts, the gulab jamun (dumpling in cardamom syrup served warm) and the rasmalai (homemade cheese dumplings in reduced cardamom-flavoured milk), alongside the restaurant’s own modern creation, the Table’s Pop, a sugar-free popsicle made from fresh strawberry and coconut and infused with chia seeds.
We learnt a lot about Indian cuisine dining at Table by Rang Mahal, and it’s a great place to try if you’re looking to inject some variety to your tired dining routine. It also exudes some pretty stylish vibes, from its sleek interiors to its modern presentation of traditional Indian food, and is a nice spot to enjoy a casual lunch or dinner.
Table by Rang Mahal, located at Naumi Hotel, 41 Seah Street. Open for breakfast from 7am to 10.30am on weekdays, and from 7am to 11am on weekends and public holidays. All-day dining available from 11am to 10.30pm daily. For reservations, call 6403 6005 or email email@example.com. table.com.sg