Saturday, September 4, 2021

Firangi Superstar @ Craig Road - Indian Cuisine That Is Authentically Inauthentic


Firangi Superstar at Craig Road is born out of love and memories of the country India. Stepping into the restaurant is a cinematic journey, transporting diners to an Officer's Club, Old Railway Room, Elephant Palace and Jungle Lodge. Here, the food takes classic Indian cuisine in unexpected forms in Head Chef Thiru Gunasakaran's hand, giving it a modern approach.

Chutney & Raita 4/5

We started with some Chutney & Raita (2 for $10++/ 3 for $14++) served with papads and crackers. The house-made chutney and raita selection consist of Roasted Pistachio Chutney, Jackfruit Cucumber Raita, and Garlic Dried Chilli Chutney. It is a delightful starter to go along with some cocktails or drinks before moving to the diner proper.

Scared Samosa 4.2/5

The traditional samosa is given a luxurious touch in the Scared Samosa ($26++). The open-face samosa comprises familiar flavours but with a new perspective, replaced with wagyu beef tartare sandwiched between samosa chips.

This Is Not Aloo Gobi 4.2/5

This Is Not Aloo Gobi ($16++) is a modern, deconstructed version of the Aloo Gobi. It comes with cauliflower in three ways - cauliflower cous cous, cauliflower florets and cauliflower coriander puree. Crispy sliced potatoes are layered with melted ghee and salt in between each layer for a textural uplift with each mouthful.

Sothi Fresh 4.5/5

Sothi is a traditional yellow coconut curry usually cooked with fish. The Sothi Fresh ($22++) is an elevated form paired with ceviche cured in kokum dressing, coconut jelly and shallots. What you get is a firework of flavours.

Beirut Bhatura 4.2/5

The Beirut Bhatura ($12++) comes in a bowl of celeriac hummus topped with chickpea masala, pomegranate seeds and coriander cress, drizzled over with yellow curry oil. The best way to enjoy it is to tear the bhatura (deep-fried leavened bread) into pieces to smear it with the creamy celeriac hummus.

Prata Waffle 4/5

Inspired by chicken and waffle, the chef has created the Prate Waffle ($24++), incorporating the trendy cafe dish into Indian cuisine. Sitting on the base is waffle pressed prata topped with Madras-style fried chicken and fried curry leaves. Jaggery syrup is drizzled onto the crispy and tender fried chicken. Of course, the soul of the dish has to be the butter chicken sauce at the side, giving the dish the Indian identity.

Salvador Thali 4.5/5

The sweetness of the pumpkin is showcased in the Salvador Thali. The pumpkin is marinated in sambhar marinated, oven-roasted, then tandoor charred. Lime pickle, fried salted chilli flakes, quinoa and pumpkin seeds are smothered onto the roasted pumpkin complementing the sweetness and giving it extra texture contrast and enjoyment.

Indian Saddle 4.5/5

The beautiful Tandoori Lamb Saddle ($19++ per 100g) is marinated with spiced yoghurt before cooking in tandoori. It is served with an Indian-inspired chermoula, confit garlic and curry leaves. You don't get that gamey taste, and I probably think the tender lamb is beef if I am blindfolded.

Firangi Naan Basket 4.2/5

Cumin Carrots with Dhal Makhani 4.2/5, Anise-Ghee Rice 4/5

To complete the meal, you can also order some sides, rice and naan to complete your meal. We had the Firangi Naan Basket ($12++), Cumin Carrots with Dhal Makhani ($15++)  and Anise-Ghee Rice ($6++).

Mango Kesari 4/5

I don't usually enjoy Indian desserts as they are extremely sweet. However, at Firangi Superstar, it is well balanced and has textures. The Mango Kesari ($12++) is plated with alphonso mango mousse, cubes of alphonso mango, alphonso tea gel and cream cheese. The steamed semolina cake is then topped with puffed rice, raisins and cashews for that extra textural bite.

Chocolate Jamun 4.2/5

A bed of chocolate mousse sits at the bottom of the Chocolate Jamun ($15++), smothered with gulab jamun crumble and chocolate crunch. it is further dotted with rose patisserie and topped with pistachios, rose petals and house-made cardamon vanilla ice cream.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Firangi Superstar
20 Craig Road
Singapore 089692
Tel: +65 63043022
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 12pm - 230pm, 530pm - 1030pm
Sat: 530pm - 103pm

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Walk to Tanjong Pagar Road. Cross the road. Walk to Craig Road. Turn left and walk down Craig Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

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