Tanglin Mall, #01-28
(+65) 6836 3088
The sleek, monochromatic colours and elegant, understated décor reflect that Yantra has a new interpretation of North Indian food, a popular cuisine but one not typically regarded as haute – as fine dining.
The dahakte jhinga ($35), plump tiger prawns that are flambéed at your table, crowned the artistic and colourful array of appetisers, while both the marinated cottage cheese in the paneer tikka Yantra ($23) and the cauliflower in the tandoori gobhi ($17) had soaked up their respective marinades’ rich, complex tastes.
The standout main in presentation and taste was the gosht dum biryani ($31), a succulent mixture of basmati rice, mutton and saffron that had been baked under a crust of naan bread. Almost as good was the duan gosht ($35). The boneless lamb had been slow-cooked in a copper pot alongside pieces of charcoal to infuse the meat with an intensely dark, spicy flavour.
The prices might seem high for Indian food, but Yantra has the substance, style and service to make dinner there more than worthwhile.