Daily: 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Fri: 18:30 - 22:00
Sat & Sun: 18:30 - 23:00
Yantra located at Tanglin Mall and specialises in North Indian cuisine. They also offer lunch buffet from Mondays to Thursdays.
The lunch buffet is absolutely fantastic. If you were to recommend good indian food to your co-workers - this is the best place. Ofcourse cheaper buffets exist islandwide, but when it comes to quality - almost none provide this level of standard for the price.
Typical Indian connossieurs may disagree - especially those from India who have had top-of-the-line stuff from hotels such as ITC's Dum Pukht. Before personally indulging in such fine dine places, I completely could not understand where bad reviews stem from. Given the area, the kind of customers this restaurant sees, my guess is they are certainly not the kind you will find among Sunday Mustafa crowds. Rich Indians with pampered palates have to be more demanding.
In my opinion, unless you have the budget to get to a top hotel - the food here is really the best quality per $ for Indian food. It beats Holiday Inn, Khansamas, Taste of India and most other places where quality isn't as top notch.
What's really impressive is that despite the seemingly low variety the dishes are really meant to be enjoyed and to savour every drop and bite. New variants and varieties that you don't see in typical restaurants appear quite frequently, making this place good for 2nd and 3rd visits. The restaurant waiters are really friendly and don't carry an aura of "welcome to an atas spot" facade that has become common in Muthu's Curry or Gayatri restaurants.
Overall, there is no other place I'd recommend to my friends who'd say "hey bring me to an Indian place". Serangoon Road is half filled with foreigner robbing restaurants. My safest and classiest bet is Yantra.
Also, checkout the awards displayed inside and you'll know why.
We went for 25 dishes for $25 Lunch Buffet on a thursday. We are pure vegetarian so didn't expect too much variety of food for us but expected good main course. There were 3 veg salads (Greek Salad, Mixed Salad and pickled type salad) and 2 snacks options (corn kabab and gobi pakoda). The Greek salad was finshed at 1pm (lunch time 12-3pm) and was empty till 2:30pm with excuses that they are making it and it is coming. In the main course, we had pulao rice, Raita (which was empty bowl all the time even after asking for 4-5 times) Yellow dal, Baigan gravy dish, Mix veg dry and paneer makhani. The only good main course was the yellow dal. Rest of the food was not good.
We asked the waiter for Bread/Naan to be extra crispy and he made a sarcastic comment and argued with us which was very unpleasant and spoilt our lunch date. He realized it later and apologized to us.
With this experience at yantra, I feel I should not give more than 2 or 2.5 rating for such a high class restaurant and it is not at all worth the $58 for 2 for vegetarians.
The highlights were salads which were very good and Breads/Naans which were very crispy to our taste.
Ordered the Burrah ChopSucculent lamb chops - S$56 for 4 pieces - think rubber wound be more tender than these chops .. think they took frozen meat and burnt it in oven.
the butter chicken was sweet and the meat was not fresh.
complained to the waiter he just turned his back and walked away arrogantly.
and the BTW the washroom - think the public toilets are more cleaner. atleast they dont overflow all over the place.
took my Korean friend there to taste authentic Indian food .. his comment sums up the entire experience - "not having Indian food again for long long time"
i have visited several times. I love it. Most flavorful Indian food in the city. They have taken street chatats and kathi rolls and elevated them to a gastronomical art form. the chicken bharta is the most incredible Indian dish I've ever had in my life. The lunch buffet is a good value, but for dinner it isn't cheap. Nonetheless its incredibly good and I look forward to many more visits in the future.