Pamper Yourself with a Royal Treatment

Indulge in a regal dining experience at CapitaMalls Asia

Issue: Jan 2011

Tandoori
Top-rate food at the Shahi Maharani North India Restaurant earned it a Wine & Dine Magazine Top Restaurant Award

The sophisticated, well-traveled denizens of Singapore are constantly in search of new experiences. And food is one area where we tend to be most adventurous in our quest. But these days, the new coveted culinary experience goes beyond just the taste. The total treatment is the in thing and, here, we offer you some places where you can expect to be treated like royalty.

Interior of Shahi Maharani
Eat like a king in the regal setting of the Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant

Lunch in Luxury

At the Shahi Maharani North Indian Restaurant at the Raffles City Shopping Centre, opulence finds its home. Inspired by the palaces of the Maharajas from the province of Uttar Pradesh, heavy, intricately designed wooden doors open to an interior infused with warm earth tones of brown, beige and gold. Hanging lamps etched with patterns cast a romantic glow and form the perfect counterpoint to the dark wood furniture imported from India. A private dining room in subtle shades of muted orange and deep green is available for intimate parties of 20.

Authentic traditional North Indian cuisine of the highest quality is prepared from ingredients specially flown in from India by their team of five-star chefs. The house specialty is Malai Kebab, chicken in a creamy cheese sauce marinade that is grilled in the tandoor till tender and infused with the smoky flavours of the clay oven.

Another Shahi Maharani special is the Tandoori Miliwat. This dish comes sizzling on a hotplate and is a stunning sample of tandoori grill and sheikh kebabs available, a perfect choice for diners who want a little of everything.

The Prawn Korma featuring succulent seafood and Mutton Dopiazza, a curry that relies heavily on the use of onions are not to be missed either. Melt-in-your-mouth tender slices of lamb on a hotplate in a thick and spicy sauce of fresh tomatoes, onions and spices are what make Lamb Chop Shah Jehani a hit.

Vegetable lovers will delight in the Gobi Masala, cauliflower cooked in a mildly spiced sauce and the Shabnam Baig, a mild mushroom curry. A variety of biryanis and rotis are available to accompany your meal. And for a sweet finish, the rose-flavoured Kulfi Piyala, and the Rasmalai, a creamy dish flavoured with almonds, pistachios and cherries, will not disappoint.

interior of Tea TWG
The dark interior of Tea TWG perfectly captures the spirit of an aristocratic English home

Tea for Two

For afternoon tea, go traditional. Premium tea boutique, Tea TWG, is one place you can enjoy a cuppa befitting the Queen herself. Tea TWG’s tea tasters travel the world sampling tea in search of the best from source gardens. The result is an impressive tea collection of over 800 single estate fine harvest teas and exclusive brands, the largest in the world. New varieties of tea are also offered every season. In the salon at ION Orchard, tea lovers can sip their favourite brew from fine bone china on crisp linens amidst vases of exotic blooms.

Handmade scones
Handmade scones with TWG jelly and whipped cream, macarons and dainty sandwiches make for the quintessential English tea

The tea-infused menu is a testament of the imagination of the culinary team, from tea-flavoured sauces to jellies to vinaigrettes. On the dessert front, Executive Pastry Chef, Philippe Langlois’ exquisite creations are excellent accompaniments to the aromatic teas. Chef Langlois is a veteran with over 30 years of experience in hotels, tea rooms and restaurants around the world. Deserving special mention are eight different types of tea-flavoured macarons and a weekly selection of tea ice creams and tea sorbets.

Finish with Flair

End the day at Clarke Quay at Shiraz Mazzeh. The ancient Persian city of Shiraz, famed for its poets, wine and flowers, is honoured through a classic Persian menu and décor that takes you back to a richer, more indulgent past. Shishas (Egyptian water pipes) of varying colours and sizes line the pathway with a display grill kitchen right at the entrance. Glass lanterns of different hues and shapes make up the chandelier that hangs majestically over a circular divan designed for lounging like a Shah.

Start your meal with Zeytoon Parvardeh Salad, a Persian favourite of olives marinated in pomegranate sauce with walnuts and pomegranate. The jewel red hues of the pomegranate against the dark colours of the olives and walnuts make this dish a delight to both the eyes and palate.

Shiraz Mazzeh
Capturing the essence of the largest empire of ancient times, Shiraz Mazzeh offers Persian cuisine and culture to modern diners

Ash Reshteh is a heart soup of lentil, bean, fresh vegetables, herbs, seasoning and Persian noodles, flat noodles akin to fettucine. The Lamb Kubideh is minced lamb with spices, skewered by a sword and grilled over a charcoal fire till it is crisp on the outside but juicy and tender on the inside. The Barreh Kebabs are flavourful, barbecued lamb loins while the Jugeh Chicken is a whole spring chicken marinated in onion juice and saffron and then grilled. There are four kinds of basmati rice, each with a different flavour and spice.

Truly indulgent is the Baghlava, a Middle Eastern dessert favoured by kings. The pastry is filled with chopped nuts and pistachios flavoured with honey. For something equally exotic, go for the Persian Ice Cream flavoured with saffron.

We may not have a royal family in Singapore, but there is no reason why you shouldn’t be treated like king. So go ahead, pamper yourself with the royal treatment.

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