Grand Palki: Fine North Indian cuisine fit for a King
It’s not everyday that you get to savour an imperial meal fit for a King. Grand Palki, an intimate fine North Indian restaurant at The Regent Singapore evokes an old world colonial Indian charm, with an ornate interior, elegant gold cutlery and plush upholstery. Characterised by its rich and fresh fare, this fine diner serves up a gratifying melange of classic North Indian flavours – Punjabi, Gujarati and Maharashtrian cuisine with a touch of haute, to name a few favourites.
The Grand Palki kitchen is helmed by culinary luminary – Om Prakash, former head chef of Vintage India, who has 30 illustrious years of experience cooking for a slew of dignitaries including Kofi Annan and previous Singapore President SR Nathan.
Famed for Chef Om’s Murgh Akbari – stuffed chicken tandoori of the Moghul cuisine, a North Indian recipe developed by the imperial kitchens of old, the food menu at Grand Palki is nostalgic and innovative, traditional yet modern, deliciously enjoyable. For starters, Lamb Adraki Panje the in-house specialty, is an unpretentious, beautifully balanced mix of tender slices of lamb leg and an aromatic blend of 18 indian spices, slow-cooked in the tandoor. Another in-house specialty, the Chicken Banjara Kebab is bold, simple and satisfyingly succulent – juicy chunks of chicken marinated with a tangy mix of herbs, grounded leaves, ginger, garlic and lime, grilled to golden perfection. The tandoori dishes are a mainstay at most authentic North Indian restaurants. Grand Palki’s rendition of the all time favourite Tandoori Chicken is moist and tender, chock full of flavour, meticulously grilled to golden perfection. The Samarkand Tiger Prawns are plump and juicy, filled with fresh crab meat, tastefully seasoned with traditional Indian spices and lightly grilled in the tandoor.
Look out for the Aubergine Shalimar, a rich and creamy curry of minced aubergines, umami packed with a delightful kick of spicy. Turn down the heat with the moreish and subtly sweet Pears Kofta, crisp pears cooked with cottage cheese, cashew nuts and potato. The Onion and Melon seed Naan is fragrant and subtly sweet, it is the perfect accompaniment to these spice filled main dishes, cutting the richness sublimely.
Reinventing the North Indian cuisine, Grand Palki has an entrée selection dedicated to traditional Indian ingredients and modern western cooking techniques. Crowd pleaser is the Grilled Cod which showcases the buttery texture of the cod fish, accentuated by a decadent bed of eggplant caviar, a soft kulcha (indian flat bread) stuffed with fennel and crunchy almond accompanies. This unexpected but complimentary myriad of flavours, brings the North Indian fine dining experience to a whole new level of lip smacking goodness.
The desserts at Grand Palki are honest and delicious. The Kumani Ka Mita, a sweet-sourish confection comprising of a delightfully tart whole apricot cooked in honey, enjoyed with a generous scoop of old fashion vanilla ice-cream. If you are an ice cream lover, the creamy Indian ice cream – Fig Kulfi, is lusciously thick and laden with figs. It’s a sweet refreshing end to a fiery meal.
The restaurant also offers an impressive and diverse wine list, top picks include the beautiful whites with 2009 Australian Pinot Grigio Norfolk Rise and 2006 French Riesling Frey-Sohler cind’Alsa; and engaging reds with 2008 Shriaz Grand Royale Mclaren Vale and 2007 GSMC Perrin & Fils Chateauneuf-du-Pape Les Sinards Rhone Valley. If you prefer bubbly drinks, Grand Palki is well stocked with the likes of Dom Perignon, Moet & Chandon and the luxurious, Louis Royale XIV Gold Champagne with 18 carat gold specks. Also represented are the Chilean, Italian, New Zealand, German, South African and American wines.
1 Cuscaden Road, The Regent Singapore, #03-02, Singapore 249715.
Tel: 6735 0203/ 6725 3213
Opening Hours: Daily 11:30am to 2:30pm (Lunch), 6pm to 10:30pm (Dinner)
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