Rang Mahal, Pan Pacific Singapore
Rang Mahal (Pan Pacific, 3rd Floor, 6333-1788) is the parent restaurant of Vansh, and apparently is considered one of the best Indian restaurants in Singapore. Tonight, I finally got to try it out.
The meal got started with a bang. Laung ki seekh, which despite its brown cylindrical resemblance to something not worth mentioning, is actually a "minced lamb kebab with fragrant clove smoke," and really got me going with a killer spicy kick (and I'm not referring to the Indian definition of "spicy" with lots of various spices mixed up, but rather the straight heat from chili peppers). Nice. Many other items followed, including rara gosht, saag paneer, and boondi raita, a cucumber-less version of raita with little crumbs of batter instead. I was also very happy to find that their dhal was spicy and rich, reminding me of Bukhara's when they were still in Singapore.
The meal ended with an Indian dessert called gulab jamun, or a fried milk ball sitting in a very sweet syrup (kinda tasting like pancakes). Cool. That was a good meal, even if all the chi-chi plates and swizzles were a bit unnecessary. My colleagues who had just flown in from India verified that the food here was indeed very authentic. I really need to get out to India myself one of these days.