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Jul 27, 2012 09:33 AM

Singapore - Kinki and Rang Mahal

Greetings Singapore friends. Wondering if you have any experience/opinios of either Kinki or Rang Mahal. They look good to me. Don't find anything here with a search. Thanks!

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  1. I'd not tried Kinki yet, but early reviews of the place last year were positive.

    I've not been back to Rang Mahal for over a year - the last time, I thought the food was good but not outstanding (Vinod Kumar was not of Manish Law's standard) Jiggs Khalra's Punjab Grill at Marina Bay Sands would have been a better bet.

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    1. re: klyeoh

      i loved rang mahal when i used to go a few times a couple of years ago. it was like a great version of a Westernized Indian Restaurant for me. the dum briyani and fish curry (I think it was kerala fish curry) were favourites. Its a nice, upscale restaurant with better than average service. however i was told by friends that the food at Song of India and Shai Maharani in Raffles City were better. I then tried Shahi Maharani but did not agree, and have never tried Song of India. Song of India is in one of those colonial houses (if i'm not wrong) and probably has a very nice ambience. Rang Mahal has a nice, modern, upscale decor. Shahi Maharani, unless they have renovated in the last two years, is a bit worn and tired.

      but ooh, have just read klyeoh's review of Punjab Grill from his link above and it sounds quite inviting. i think i will be checking out SOI and PG soon.

    2. I'd still go to Rang Mahal for a meal if I happen to live in the Marina Square areea, Geoff. It is still one of the top 3 Indian restaurants in Singapore, in my opinion. I'll rank Rang Mahal after Punjab Grill, but Song of India, which I found to be very fussy and over-priced.
      If there were votes for 4th and 5th ranked Indian restaurants in Singapore, they will have to be Yantra in Tanglin Mall and Tandoor in Holiday Inn Orchard City Centre.

      I'd have liked to include Vansh in the list, too, but it is part of the Rang Mahal group. You can also check out Rang Mahal Pavilion in Hard Rock Hotel, Resorts World Sentosa, which is quieter and feels more relaxed than the Pan Pacific Hotel one.

      klyeoh - do you remember when Rang Mahal was operating in Rembrandt Hotel (before it was pulled down) off River Valley Road? Our family held so many special occasion celebrations there then. It was either Rang Mahal or the Tandoor, which were the 2 best Indian restaurants in town then. Omar Khayyam near St Gregory's Place was another good place for naans and tandoori chicken.

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      1. re: M_Gomez

        Oh wow, Martha, I had forgotten all about Rembrandt until you mentioned its name - what a blast from the past! I used to like its "Chinatown" Chinese restaurant's "a la carte buffet" where you can re-order any dish for unlimited times for a fixed price.

        Yes, Rang Mahal there was one of the best Indian restaurants in town for ages, though my personal fave at that time was Ujagar Singh Gill's, which sadly closed down in 1992 thereabouts.

        1. re: M_Gomez

          Thanks again. Turns out that Rang Mahal at Pan Pacific is undergoing renovations, won't reopen until September. Vansh has been on my list for the past couple of visits but I haven't made it there. We're staying at the Fullerton; sounds like you think it would be worth a MTR ride for an air conditioned lunch or dinner at Vansh?

          1. re: Geoff

            Personally, I think Rang Mahal Pavilion at Resorts World Sentosa would be a better bet than Vansh. The former is right in the midst of one of the liveliest spots on the island. Vansh is located near the old Singapore Indoor Stadium - very quiet (dead?) place in comparison!

            1. re: klyeoh

              Geoff, if you're looking for a good Indian nearby in comfortable surroundings, Shahi Maharani at Raffles City isn't too bad either. And it's almost walking distance from the Fullerton.

              1. re: Julian Teoh

                or punjab grill - just across the bay!

                my current favourite is gajalee. been back twice after reading klyeoh's review. and going again tonight a third time!