Story and photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling Gourmet TM
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The dashing and dynamic Travelling Gourmet TM goes to “The Surfboard” aka…
MARINA Bay Sands but not to gamble at the Casino…I had better things in mind like tasting delectable North Western Indian cuisine. Yummie food was the only thing on my mind…so I made a beeline for the Punjab Grill. This fine dining restaurant appeals to connoisseurs of gourmet Indian food. The decor is warm and romantically lit and at one end is a glass encased Show Kitchen where you can scrutinise the Chefs busily cooking up a typhoon! Hypnotic Indian Sitar music plays in the background…
Punjab means “Land of five rivers” and cuisine from this region offers many rich, delicious and varied options. One example is Masala which is a Punjabi dish of onion, garlic and ginger. Much of the food was designed to meet the demands of the traditional Punjabi lifestyle, with high calorie count foods to support rural workers. A renowned Punjabi speciality is Tandoori, especially with non-vegetarian dishes like chicken, lamb and seafood. The meats are cooked or broiled in a special clay oven known as…the Tandoor! The affable manager, Ramesh Somani, is very helpful and brought me to my table. I met creative Chef Javed Ahamad who told me with a happy grin, “Try my Degustation Menu and Foie gras! I have cut down the oil in my cuisine by 90%, and sometimes I use Avocado oil.” Soon the delightful dishes came…
Chef Javed and The Travelling Gourmet TM
A cute soup is the Cappuccino which is served in a cappuccino cup. The Cappuccino Chicken and Almond Sorba is superb! On the end palate the soothing flavour of Cinnamon.
Food of the Maharajahs!
Foie gras on a mini Naan topped with Chutney was served on a rectangular Revol plate with Sola steelware. OMG! The delectable dish looked at me as if to say “taste me!” So I did…Rich, decadent umami flavours seduced my palate and taste buds…it was heavenly!
Fabulous Foie Gras!
In between course, sweet-sour Green Mango to cleanse your palate…
Tender chunks of boneless fragrant Chicken Dum Briyani with aromatic Saffron spiked long grain Basmati Rice is so very satisfying! Unlike Jasmine rice, Basmati rice is the only rice that does not cause a rapid spike in Blood Sugar, that it, it has a low Glycaemic Index, and is therefore a healthy carbohydrate. Classic Dhal or Lentil Curry is also very tasty. How about a big Tandoori Prawn..full of delicious perfumed flavours but not overly spicy.
The Scallops are super yummie! Crispy potato skin and tender and moist inside on a bed of green Asparagus. Accompanied by Tandoori spiced Cardomom Salmon. This dish is an example of creative Mod-Ind cuisine (Modern Indian).
To accompany your meal they also have hand crafted Cocktails made with different types of Dilmah Tea. Most refreshing is the shocking red Chamomile Sling which is inspired by the Raffles Hotel’s Singapore Sling. It is shaken up freshly with Chamomile Flowre Tea, fresh Pineapple Juice, Grenadine Syrup, Orange juice and topped up with Italian Prosecco Sparkling Wine! The Royal POM & Berries Special Chai is also a winner with Pomegranate and Berries Ta, Fresh Berries Juice, Pineapple and Pomegranate Juice and Vodka!
The piping hot Butter and Garlic Naan and the ueber-creamy Cheese Naan chock full of molten cheese, as well as the Cheese & Onion Naan are so very yummy! They are crispy outside …but fluffy-soft and moist and tender inside…like the hot lips of a beautiful and voluptuous woman. The morsels are so good, especially when dipped into luscious and sexy Murgh Makhani or Butter Chicken…then popped into your eager mouth.
Finish your meal with some sweet Indian Temptations like Gulab Jamun and more…Sexy Lychee and Cream Milk Dessert, Chocolate Praline Cake and Kulfi Saffron and Pistachio Ice Cream…The friendly and courteous service is also very attentive without being obtrusive.
When you feel the need for some really good Indian cuisine, look no further than the Punjab Grill in Marina Bay Sands. They have a 5 course and 10 course Degustation Menu as well as a la carte. Arguably, Singapore’s best Indian restaurant for North Indian Haute Cusine. I love the food here! Enjoy! 🙂
B1-01A, Galleria Level,
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2, Bayfront Avenue
Tel: +65 66887395
Open daily for Lunch from 11.30am to 3pm & Dinner from 6.30pm to 11pm