Yantra’s (SG) – elegant Indian food

The spacious and up-class interior

Yantra has been around for more than half a decade in Singapore, tucked away at a cozy corner of Tanglin Mall.

The food here was fantasic coupled with fine dining ambiance and diligent service, I enjoyed the overall experience here.

The table setting.

Chef Asif Iqbal  – a certified professional chef who has held stints at The Taj Group of Hotels, The Park Hotels, and also served as the executive chef for upscale fine dining restaurants based in Dubai and Hong Kong before conquering Singapore , starting with Yantra’s.

Yantra is presenting back-to-basics Indian cuisine, and reinventing some of the Indian dishes from the kitchen helmed by Chef Asif.

His creation to note would be Chicken Tikka Alphonso Salad, Broccoli Cheddar Tikki, Tandoori Spiked Oysters with Chilli ice-cream, Blue soft shell crabs in Tellicherry black pepper and Gorgonzola Naan, these are only a few of his novice dishes – intrigued? I certainly am!

Wide range of wines, and really good ones too.

There’s even a walk in chiller room just for champagne!

Soma The Bar – the lounge / bar area at the back of Yantra restaurant, offering indoor and weather proof outdoor seating for a chillax evening.

Soma the bar offers Ladies Night S$25++ per person every Friday and Saturday from 6.30pm – 9pm indulging the ladies with free flow of Prosecco.

Starter

Broccoli Cheddar Tikki – broccoli mixed with cheese and bell peppers served with homemade pineapple dip atop.

This was such a fun dish, delicious, full of flavour and you would not miss the meat.

Mirchi Kebab – chicken marinated with coriander, chillies and cumin skewered with chilly bottoms.

I liked the fragrance of the well balanced spices and no heat experienced at all.

The tender chicken was fabulous.

Bombay Tawa Chicken – Mumbai style skewered grilled chicken supreme, with curry leaves and mustard.

A succulent chargrilled dish soaked up the well balanced spice mix.

Accompanying minty yoghurt dip smoothed out the overall palette.

Akhroat Panner Tikka – Indian cottage cheese – paneer stuffed with crunchy walnut, coated with cardamon and mace flavoured marinated cooked in tandoor oven.

This dish reminded me of local stuffed tau pok (fried beancurd). Except that it was paneer (Indian cottage cheese) layers coated thinly with sweet spice mix, chargrilled to light smokiness and sandwiched with pepper and chopped walnut.

Mutton Pepper Fry *must try* – very tender stir fried lamb with onion rings, black pepper and cumin, no gamey taste at all!

The lamb chunks were so soft and extremely appetising given the ultra tasty black pepper stir fried treatment.

I would love to be back for this dish.

There is a tandoor area equipped with powerful exhaust and barricaded by a tall glass panel for customers’ viewing to catch the tandoor master at work.

Do not worry, there is no funky grilled smell pouring out from this station at all.

It was an eye-opening seeing the tandoor chef at work.

The tandoori chicken in the work!

Main Course

Nilgiri Halibut – grilled halibut smothered with a velvety coriander and spinach gravy in delicate flavours.

Pan seared halibut fillets smothered in healthy spinach sauce brought out a mild tasty combination.

Selection of Italian flavours fused onto Naan bread, they tasted delicious! Naan in classic garlic, also in sundried tomato, and available in olive too. So good…

Fresh oysters served with Chilli Ice-cream and Cress

Shucked oyster tossed in tandoori marinade, eaten with crakcers, chilli ice-cream and fresh cress in one mouthful. The cool chilli ice-cream elevated the tandoori spices and completed the whole experience so well. What a novice dish!

I had to cut the tasting short as I needed leave for an emergency family call.

A pity that I missed out the rest of the main courses.

Well, I have planned to return for their buffet lunch at some stage.

You will be glad to know Yantra offers exceptionally valued lunch buffet over quality servings…

Mon – Fri S$19++ 12pm – 3pm

Friday – Saturday S$26++ 12pm – 3pm

Sunday brunch S$49++ per person /S$30++ per child includes Free flow of soft drinks
S$65++ per person includes Free flow wine / beer
S$95++ per person includes Free flow champagne, wine or beer.

Address: 163 Tanglin Road, #1-28/33 Tanglin Mall 
http://www.yantra.com.sg/

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