Named after the famous beloved wife of India’s Prince Khurran, who tragically died before the completion of the Taj Mahal, a palace her husband commissioned for her, the Mumtaz Mahal restaurant is a great place to fall in love with Indian cuisine. Possibly the only unfortunate thing about this place is that it’s tucked away in a corner on the fifth floor of Far East Plaza, which makes stumbling upon this great eatery an unlikely situation. However, you’ll find it is “vaut le detour” (worth seeking out, to quote the Michelin guide).
In fact, everything we ordered at the place was incredibly satisfying, from the crunchy poppadums to the stuffed-to-the-edge samosas.
|Crunchy poppadums||Chicken tandoori|
The chicken tandoori was a great starter, grilled to a nice smokiness without losing the juiciness of the meat. The prawn vindaloo was scorchingly spicy, but well worth the burn. The chicken korma came in a nice smooth gravy that went great with the accompanying fluffy garlic and cheese naans. In any case, wash down the burn of the spicy dishes with the fantastic fruit lassis available on the menu. (We liked the strawberry and mango ones.)
|Fruit lassis||Paneer spinach|
Eating your veggies isn’t very much of a chore here either. The paneer spinach was a creamy and comforting concoction, it went down very easily. The only danger at this place is over ordering as the dishes are pretty filling. A likely thing to do, considering everything tastes so good. If you’re on a budget, the mid-to-high prices may keep you in check. Be prepared to pay S$20 and above per person.