Author: Alexius Chua
If you are in the mood for something fancy and Northern Indian, head to Tandoor, a restaurant synonymous with authentic traditional Indian cuisine at Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre. The premise is beautifully decorated with a contemporary vibe, right at the very end a floor-to-ceiling see-through kitchen window so you can see the chef prepare your food.
We had the non-vegetarian set menu, which is all beautifully presented and taste as appealing as it looks, worthy of the Singapore’s most awarded Indian restaurant namesake. This only gives me wonder how the vegetarian set menu looks like, only if I have two stomachs!
The first dish is the Masala Crab Cake. Every bit of the spiced crab meat is a delight especially when you hit that duck foie grass and mango confit. This dish balanced the savoury and sweetness well with the pairing of pear, rhubarb chutney and warm toasted brioche.
Next up the soup dish. Makai Ka Shorba, which is sweet corn velouté served with masala potato gnocchi. As a sweet corn lover, I like that the inventive Chef Bobby Krishnan turned up the richness of the soup which at the same time cleanse the palate for the next course.
Our main course is the visually arresting Sea Perch Pakora. The deep-fried cumin flavoured Sea Perch fish, while looked deceptively dry, is so soft and full of flavour attributed much to its Ibeko caviar batter. Tagged along with prized ingredients such as Jerusalem artichokes, avocado and a dash of scallion dressing, this could very well be the most satisfying fish dish I had and a HPB approved one.
The fall-of-the-bone Australian Lamb Shank is so artfully tender and almost melt in the mouth. Coupled with a Cherry Vine Tomato resting on a bed of cassoulet on the other side of the braised sauce to balance the meatiness. Wish I had more of the lamb though but at this stage I am quite full already so I am not complaining.
For desserts, we had the Cardamom Ice Cream. The profiteroles is marshmallow soft and sweet with citrus centre, giving you a sweet ending of the entire satisfying course.
What Tandoor offers is a whole experience – a mesmerizing atmosphere with great food and impeccable service. You will probably not need more than that to have a good time.
Tandoor, Holiday Inn Singapore Orchard City Centre
Lunch from 12 noon to 2.30pm
Dinner from 7pm to 10:30pm
Telephone: +65 6733 8333