Shahi Maharani @ Raffles City

My family used to come here for our Indian food – palace-like atmosphere and hearty, well-done Indian food. We haven’t visited in a long while so it was good to be back!

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I cannot resist pappadums! And the mint dip.

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Our very friendly and knowledgeable waiter recommended us to try this Bhatura, instead of sticking to the usual naans. Its description was ‘puffed-up, fried balloon bread’. So adorable! It is very oily and my parents will rather stick to their naans, but this was a good change for me. You have to leaven the dough for 6-8 hours so it can puff when you fry it, and a good one is soft and warm on the inside, but crisp on the outside. It was slightly sour, slightly sweet and just a very pleasant taste! Meant to go with chickpea curry, but it went perfectly fine with all our vegetable curry dishes. I’m a fan!

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Didn’t seem like much but we were absolutely stuffed after our meal!

Murgh Malai Tikka on the left – essentially butter chicken. Generous chunks of boneless chicken in a creamy, buttery gravy.

Dad requested for the middle one – Aloo Matar Paneer. It’s peas, potatoes and cottage cheese with marsala, tumeric, cumin etc etc. Dad has been cooking A LOT of Indian food at home so he really knows what he wants in his Indian food. And I’ve seen the range of Indian herbs and spices he uses and a lot goes into each dish! Hearty stuff, I always enjoy Indian vegetable curries. They make veggie so tasty!

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Tandoori platter ($35). So good! Prawns marinated in garlic and spices, chicken tikka, fish tikka and a couple of lamb kebabs. It’s a good selection and all the meats were moist and juicy! Loved it. My favourite were the prawns, the marinade really brought out the flavour of the prawns and these prawns were HUGE. Yum!

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Rogan Josh – one of their most popular dishes here. Mutton that’s marinated and simmered in a spicy gravy. Not too huge a fan of lamb because it’s normally tough, but this was tender and rather enjoyable.

Really recommend having a meal here if you want to pamper yourself! Prices aren’t the lowest, but you’re assured of a very enjoyable dining experience. They have live music on certain evenings, restaurant furnishings are plush, comforting and meant to make you feel like a king. Service staff are very attentive and helpful. And the food is top-notch! Indian fine dining.

Shahi Maharani Restaurant
Raffles City Shopping Centre
252 North Bridge Rd,
Singapore 179103
6235 8840
Open Daily: 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm

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