Vansh is part of the Rang Mahal - an award winning restaurant in Pan Pacific Singapore.
Lunch 12-2.30pm (Daily)
Dinner 6-10.30pm (Daily)
Vansh – Surprisingly Indian. It is part of the award winning Rang Mahal group. In the recent weeks, we have been craving quite a bit for Indian food, especially the spicy dishes. It was New Year’s eve when we made our way to Vansh. We were given al fresco seats as the indoor restaurant was fully reserved. We had a rather good view for the stadium waterfront, that is, before it started to turn dark and we could barely see anything since the outdoor areas weren’t well-lit.
We ordered the Garlic Naan, Chicken Vindaloo and the Vegetable Sizzling Platter.
We have tried Garlic Naan from another restaurant where the entire Naan was laced with garlic pieces. That made the entire naan oily and overpowering with the taste of garlic. On the other hand, Vansh’s Garlic Naan was not too overwhelming. There were faint traces of garlic, and when paired with the Chicken Vindaloo, the garlic taste gave an extra spicy kick to the vindaloo. The Naan was also fluffy and not too oily. Definitely one of the better Naans we have tried.
The Vegetable Sizzling Platter consisted of tandoori mushrooms, rajma appetizer and paneer (cheese) tikka. Indian cuisine is typically strong in flavour, and this is not an exception. The mushrooms were very fresh and juicy. This dish was served piping hot, but wasn’t all that spicy. The cheese was curd like, with a texture similar to tofu.
We asked the waiter for a recommendation for the most spicy dish in Vansh, and he recommended the Chicken Vindaloo. And it definitely lived up to our expectations. Throughout the meal, we were sneezing and sniffing, and downing glasses of ice water. The chicken pieces were tender, well marinated and rich in flavour. When we took the first bite, we were a little disappointed as the curry did not seem that spicy. But as we chewed on the chicken and allowed the taste to settle in, the spicy kick slowly emerged. This dish of Chicken Vindaloo had a very strong after taste spiciness. The spiciness didn’t come out on the first bite, rather it gradually encompassed our entire taste buds. Complemented with the Garlic Naan, the spiciness of the entire meal was brought to a higher level. It was the kind of spiciness that would make you tear, but did not numb your taste buds. In addition, although the serving bowl of the Chicken Vindaloo appeared pretty small, the number of chicken pieces inside was considerable.
This meal at Vansh was very fulfilling and satisfied our Indian food craving. We will definitely be back for more.
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Vansh is an Indian Restaurant that combines the traditional Indian food with modern dining concepts. With a neon-green open kitchen in the centre that has glass surrounding it, there are even bar seats where you can watch your food being prepared up close. If you're worried about getting "smoked" or smelling like you've just stepped out of a BBQ party, don't worry as the real cooking is done in the regular kitchen nearby. If bar seats are not your fancy, you can choose to have the indoor couches or the al fresco seats. Dimly lit, it's a great place to chill, but not quite for photo-taking. (as you can see from my pictures)
We dropped in without a reservation on Christmas Eve. Luckily we were pretty early and the place was quite empty when we got there. The wierd thing was that it got filled with family-types close to 9pm.
The staff were mostly native Indian and were very polite. I liked the ambience very much. It was cosy and still had an Indian flavour to it.
There was quite a selection of food and we took some time to decide. We were also given complimentary rolls (I don't know what they are called) and a variety of dips as starters. We certainly enjoyed trying all the dips.
Honey Kulzza $9
This was a a pizza like bread covered with honey, tomatoes, coriander and onion seeds. I liked it very much. It wasn't overly sweet. This alone could be a meal for a small-eater as it was enough for the two of us to share.
Tandoori Mushroom $13
These are fresh button mushrooms covered in herbed cheese marinade. Honestly? They did look quite ugly on the plate. But once they are in your mouth, it's very nice. Despite looking very dry, the button mushroom is still juicy and chewy, which gives it a different texture from its outer covering.
Chicken Tikka Masala $18
Recommended by the staff, this consists of tandoori marinated chicken cooked with capsicum in a flavourful tomato masala. MMmM I'm still thinking of this one... it was spicy but not the kind to make your hair stand. The chicken was still tender. The masala was perfect for us to dip our naans in.
Plain (X1) and Butter naans (X1) $4 each
The naans were thick and fluffy, served nicely in a basket. Actually the plain one was enough for the two of us. But we had so much masala left we ordered the garlic one too! The Butter one was more oily than the plain one (obviously) and I think I would have rather stuck to the plain one.
Virgin Colada $9
My companion had no complaints about this drink. It was just a little overly sourish but there was a strong coconut flavour which appealed.
Tulsi Sherbet $9
A mix of basil, lemon, ginger and spices all blended to give a delightfully sourish drink. I'd say this drink was a good accompaniment to the food. I wouldn't order this if I weren't eating though.
Good service throughout our time there. When I dropped the naan on my lap the staff was alert enough to hurry over quickly and offer me another napkin. We were also given little party sets since it was Christmas Eve.
So good service, good food and good ambience. All for $78, inclusive of service charge and GST. I wouldn't say it was expensive, but it is above average. I would have given it 5-stars if it were more convenient. But the waterfront location made it quite romantic to have a leisurely walk after dinner. Worth a try definitely.
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