Food Review: Superstar Firangi at Craig Road

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The place You don’t often have a cinematic dining experience in Singapore and the new Superstar Firangi Along Craig Road strives to redefine this notion. The New Indian Restaurant does not play on traditional Indian dishes, but redefines Indian cuisine through the prism of a foreigner.

The space is also quite dramatic. There are four thematic rooms, starting with the Officers Club at the entrance, head towards the Old railway hall, followed by the opulence of the Elephant Palace, and finally Jungle lodge. Each room is full of character, and while it looks like an eclectic mix of decorations, it all blends in well like a chic mansion.

The food Led by Chef Thiru Gunasakaran, the dishes here are shaped by his memories at home, coupled with his Western culinary background. My personal feeling is that this is a very modern take on Indian flavors, and certainly not a restaurant to expect traditional Indian food.

The menu sections consist of chutneys and raitas, small and large plates, side dishes, rice and bread, and desserts. Just over half of the menu is vegetarian. As for drinks, the restaurant’s cocktail offerings are an Indian take on classic cocktails, with an extensive program of alternative G&T drinks, mocktails, beers, wines, whiskeys, spirits and liquors.

My meal started with the Chutney & Raita (2 for S $ 10, 3 for S $ 14) where we had a selection of homemade chutneys and raita served with papads and crackers. Addicting snacks to go with our drinks and I especially like the Roasted Pistachio Chutney.

One dish that surprised me is the Beirut Bhatura (S $ 12) with celeriac hummus, chickpea masala and pomegranate powder. You get a nice contrast between the subtle flavor of celeriac and the rich chickpea masala seasoned with Punjabi spices like pomegranate powder, green mango powder and black cardamom. The best way to enjoy the dish is to spread it over the soft bhatura (fried sourdough bread), which gives the dish extra texture and crunch.

It’s not Aloo Gobi ($ 16), as the name suggests, is not the usual cauliflower dish. Instead, the dish is presented and prepared in three ways: cauliflower couscous, masala compote, and crispy potato. I love the flavor of the fried potatoes with the slightly spicy compote and the savory cauliflower.

Refreshing is how I would describe the Fresh sothi (S $ 22), a nice combination of Snapper Ceviche, Kokum, Coconut, Curcuma and Boondi.

Another delicious snack to have is the Sacred samosa (S $ 26), where there’s a wagyu beef tartare sandwiched between samosa chips, set on a mint raita base.

One of the ingenious dishes here is the Waffle Prata ??? (S $ 24), a variation of the familiar Chicken & Waffles. Chef Thiru prepares Madras Fried Chicken with curry leaves and garlic, which is based on a pressed waffle prata. Served with butter chicken sauce and jaggery syrup, this dish is an excellent marriage of Western and Indian flavors. A prata waffle is my new favorite type of waffle.

For large plates, I had the North x Northwest (market price), which is Tawa Atlantic Lobster with Lobster Masala Sauce and Kashmiri Pepper. This seafood dish is good for a few to share, and aside from the fresh lobster meat, I like the lobster masala sauce that goes perfectly with naan.

Pumpkin alone is rarely a highlight for a main course, and it’s a star dish on its own here at Firangi. The Salvador Thali (S $ 41) showcases the vegetable in all its glory. You get roasted pumpkin with sambhar, mint, quinoa, and chili, where the pumpkin is roasted in the tandoor. The result? A myriad of rich flavors here that you don’t usually see in a pumpkin dish.

The Firangi Naan Basket (S $ 12) is a must-have to accompany sauces, where you can choose from flavors such as Plain, Black Garlic Butter or Nigella Seeds. I had the black garlic butter which is my favorite!

For desserts, I had the Chocolate jamun (S $ 15) with chocolate mousse and rose custard; as good as Mango Kesari (S $ 12) with Mango-Saffron Mousse and Alphonso Tea Gel. Both selections aren’t too sweet, which is a nice deviation from the usual Indian desserts.

Rant Expect low ambient lighting, making this a poor location for cell phone photography.

Will I come back? Come to Firangi for a modern and revisited take on Indian cuisine, and indulge in a cinematic dining setting that seems out of the world.

It was a guest tasting, although all opinions expressed are our own.

Make your reservations instantly on Superstar Firangi here.

TheRantingPanda says:
taste bud: 4/5
Hole in pocket: 4/5
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
Global experience: 4/5

Superstar Firangi
20 Craig Road
# 01-03
Singapore 089692
Phone. : +65 6304 3022

Opening hours
Lunch – 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. (Monday to Friday)
Dinner – 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. (Monday to Saturday)

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