Yantra Restaurant – Gujarati and Rajasthani Food Festival

The announcement of ‘Gujarati and Rajasthani Food Festival’ by Yantra absolutely deelighted me. Gujarat and Rajasthan are culturally rich states in India that have a great food culture and trademark delicacies. It was nice to see most of the dishes being served in a Thali (plate) and I was in the mood to taste some authentic food from back home. I decided not to eat a heavy breakfast so that I could work up an appetite to gobble some of my favourite items. The dishes will be available at Yantra, Tanglin Mall from 10th – 24th Aug ’14 between 11.30 am – 3.00 pm. Prior reservation at Yantra is highly recommended as this event is quite popular and walk-in seats are not easily available.


The Orders

Since there were Thalis from each state, we decided to order one each to maintain balance and also get a good variety. We first ordered the ‘Gujarati Thali’. For those who are new to Gujarati cuisine, their dals generally include a small amount of jaggery, so it will taste a bit sweet. Apart from that, it contained the dhokla and thepla which were quite tasty. In the vegetables there were ‘Undhiyo’ (a mixed vegetable made of green beans and unripe banana), Bhindi/Okra with coconut shavings, Gujarati Kadhi (mainly made of yogurt and gram flour) and Gujarati Dal. The Dal and Kadhi were not overly sweet. Overall, there was a good balance in taste across the thali. The ‘Khichdi’ was well made and had the right texture and consistency. Dessert consisted of ‘Basundi’ which is basically a concentrated milk dessert. A glass of ‘Aamras’ is served along with the thali. I would have liked the Aamras to be a bit thicker.

Gujarati thali

Gujarati thali at $29++


Next we ordered the ‘Rajasthani Thali’. In the vegetables there was ‘Ker Sangri’ (dry beans cooked in spices). The ‘Gattey Nu Shaak’ (gram flour dumplings cooked in curd based gravy) was delicious. Distinctive to Rajasthan, was the ‘Daal-Baati Churma’ offering which consisted of breads that have to be broken and dipped in the dal and consumed. The ‘Khasta Kachori’ was nice and flaky and tasted yummy. In the desserts, there was ‘Churma Laddoo’ which tasted like it belonged to Rajasthan. What stole the show for me was the ‘Thandai’ (served along with the thali). It was so refreshing to drink that glass – highly recommended.
Rajasthani thali

Rajasthani thali at $32++


Both the thalis come with rice, so no separate order required. On the whole, for the trip down memory lane, for the traditional Gujarati and Rajasthani offerings and the ambiance – this festival is totally worth a try.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Indian ★★★1/2
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Address:163 Tanglin Rd, #01-28 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
Timings (for this festival): Mon-Sun: 11.00 am-3.00 pm
Website: http://yantra.com.sg/yantra.html#yantracuisine

Yantra Restaurant – Cream Centre Festival

The announcement of Cream Center specialties coming to Singapore was made by Yantra almost a month ago. The dishes will be available at Yantra, Tanglin Mall from 5th – 22nd Sept ’13 between 11.30 am – 4.30 pm. Prior reservation at Yantra is highly recommended as this event is quite popular and walk-in seats are not easily available. Cream Center is a popular vegetarian restaurant in India and its signature dishes are delicious and so I made my way to Yantra to begin my nostalgic trip.


The Orders

We first ordered ‘Channa Bhatura’ which stayed true to the original terms of the puffed and over sized bhatura teamed with a dark and well-seasoned channa which was enriched by the addition of potatoes. The bhatura disappeared from the plate in no time! Special mention needs to be made of the tableware used – the channa was served in a beautiful tear-drop shaped vessel.

Channa Bhatura

Channa Bhatura at $18

The taste buds then started craving for traditional paranthas which are available in three types: Aloo, Aloo Methi and Paneer. We ordered the ‘Aloo Methi Paratha’ which was evenly and generously stuffed with the vegetable filling. This parantha had a slight bitter taste because of the methi (Fenugreek). If you dislike bitter tastes, try one of the other options. Personally, I enjoyed the combination.

Aloo methi paratha

Aloo methi paratha at $10

We hadn’t eaten sizzlers since quite some time and seeing them on the menu was a welcome sight. It’s quite filling and a sizable portion for two. This is available in two varieties: Paneer and the non-paneer version. We went for the ‘Aloo Tikki Sizzler’ which has a nice combination of rice and gravy along with tikki, greens, carrots, peas and fries and is best eaten hot.

Aloo tikki sizzler

Aloo tikki sizzler at $18


Such satiating meals should deservedly end on a sweet note. The ‘Sizzling Chocolate Brownie’ was mouthwatering to say the least. When the chocolate sauce is poured in the hot pan, an amazing aroma of warm chocolate envelops you. This is a trademark Cream Center styled offering and it just makes you want to devour the dessert. It is a sizable portion for two people and I’d suggest you share the dessert.
Sizzling chocolate brownie

Sizzling chocolate brownie at $12


Also from past experience, I can say that chaat items are also really good at this franchise, especially the ‘Bambaiya Ragda Chaat’ which is authentic Mumbai style. There are also refreshing ice sodas as drink offerings to beat the humidity. On the whole, for the trip down memory lane, for the rustic Punjabi offerings and the ambiance – this festival is totally worth a try.

In a Nutshell Deelightful Rating
Cuisine Type: Indian ★★★★
Nearest MRT: Orchard
Address:163 Tanglin Rd, #01-28 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
Timings (for this festival): Mon-Sun: 11.30 am-4.30 pm
Website: http://www.yantra.com.sg/pdf/creamCentre2013.pdf