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Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant @ Raffles City

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I have long been interested in this particular north indian restaurant at Swissotel Stamford. Something has to be good with so many years in operations - 1997 until now! Plus, there was an irresistible lunch time offer that I could not pass up - 1 for 1 $50++ with a spread of curries, tandoori meat and even dessert! This gamble was worth taking considering their ala carte options were in the range of $15 for appetizers and $30 for mains.


The full buffet area.


Naan and papadum were placed immediately on the table and could be replenished throughout the meal.


Crunchy bliss. 


Tomato and Capsicum Soup

Almost like minestrone, I would suggest giving their Mulligatawny Soup from the ala carte menu a try instead!


Murghi Tikka  
Boneless chicken 

Rogan Josh
Tender cubes of mutton simmered and cooked in a delightfully spiced gravy
Machli Kolhapuri
Fillets of fish cooked in a thick gravy flavoured with black peppers, coriander seeds and mustard seeds

Tantalizing meat dishes, I found it hard to pick a favourite meat dish. 


Dhal Maharani
Urad Dhal slowly cooked overnight in a creamy blend of kidney beans, onions and spices with a pat of butter. 

Their special recipe from the plains of Punjab, this protein laden dish goes so well with
naan I would be happy just to have it and naan for the rest of the meal.


The vegetarian options were wider than the non-vegetarian, I suppose most Indians are vegetarian hence this tilt. Not that I am complaining of course, personally I prefer Indian vegetarian to chinese, less use of gluten and more variety of vegetables too!

Saffron Rice
Long grain rice cooked with saffron and special spices

Saag Aloo
Potatoes sauted with fenugreek, spinach and spices

Palak Paneer
Cubes of wholesome cottage cheese cooked in a creamy spinach sauce. 

Bhindi Masala
Tender okra sauted with chopped onions, tomatoes and spices

Aloo Gobi
Garden fresh cauliflower cooked with potatoes


Surprisingly, the vegetarian dishes were tastier than the meat ones for me. So much so I ended up with so many more helpings.


I am not familiar with Indian desserts but decided to give these two new ones a try -

Sevaya Kheer
Vermicelli Milk Pudding

Condensed milk kind of sweet with vermicelli, an acquired dessert.

The cube dessert resembling the filipino coconut cake is both rock hard and incredibly sweet as well. Almost made of 100% sugar.

Gajar Ka Halwa was also part of the buffet, this tooth achingly sweet grated carrot dessert somehow has not struck a chord with me yet. 


Mulligatawny Soup ($12)


Very different from Cricket Club's version, this was a watery version of lentil soup with chockfuls of fish and rice at the bottom. More authentic perhaps?


There is an area for entertainment, I look forward to another meal with music accompaniment too!

The selection was adequate and quality spot on for a buffet. North Indian cuisine, unlike South is less spicy and showcases a different side of Indian cuisine. Beyond curries and naans, there lies a world to explore and each visit to an Indian restaurant brings me much insight.


Immense great value, they also have a Sunday Tandoor Brunch with live stations going for just $36++per head! 

Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant
# 03 – 21B Raffles City Shopping Centre

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