On a recent visit to Singapore this year, my colleague and I decided to eat at Maharani. I had eaten at this restaurant before (approximately 3 years ago) and as I enjoyed it the last time I recommended going here. I was hoping it wouldn’t let me down.
I ordered a starter of papdi chaat and a main of kabuli chana and garlic naan. We also had popadoms but these were complimentary as too were the chutneys. My colleague ordered fried okra for starters and a vindaloo dish for mains. The starters were fantastic. The fried okra was crispy and light. The papdi chaat was creamy, tangy and flavourful. The small fried breads were crispy and the whole dish was very well balanced. The mains of kabuli chana and garlic naan were truly amazing. I requested the dish to be made spicier and the chef got it spot on. This is the only place in the world that I have eaten at, for which I can say beats my mother’s kabuli chana. I definitely was not disappointed with the food. The taste was amazing as it was three years ago. I am very fussy about my popadoms and restaurant popadoms are generally something that I avoid. These popadoms were not too bad as the chef had cooked them slightly over to give it some colour and a smoky flavour. My colleague mentioned that the vindaloo (with jeera rice) was very nice although a little bit on the spicier side.
The service was great. The waitress was very attentive and did not use a notepad to take our order which is always a nice touch. This place positions itself towards the top end of the restaurant market (generally I found Singapore an expensive place for food) and therefore was expecting the service to be excellent and I had no complaints.
The restaurant was very clean. There were no issues with hygiene.
The ambience was excellent. The restaurant has a welcoming feel to it with two large doors with wooden carvings and a statue of Ganesh in full view. The décor is feels like it is a banqueting suite of a palace in Rajasthan. The spacing of the tables gives an uncluttered feel and Rajasthani pictures and portraits on the wall give the restaurant its identity. The star of the show in terms of ambience, which I have left till last, is that there is live singing and music. The singers are also very good and they also take requests from the audience.
Restaurants in Singapore are expensive and there are no cheap eats definitely not at dinner time. My colleague and I paid a Queenly sum (the name of the restaurant translated into English is Royal Queen). The food and service were excellent was so the price felt justified from this perspective but make no mistake it is expensive. As the restaurant is attached to a shopping mall and two hotels (The Fairmont Singapore and the Swissotel), there will be a premium price.
I am so glad and so relieved that this restaurant lived up to my expectations of three years ago and my recommendation to eat here did not let me down. This is a definitely a restaurant I would recommend if one wants to eat Indian cuisine in Singapore. If visiting again then I would definitely go again, the price is steep but so is elsewhere in Singapore for cuisine of this calibre. One thing is for certain I won’t be disappointed. A full five stars, for this visit and also my visit of 3 years ago.