Anyone that has been to Melt Cafe (located inside the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore) knows that the Indian food there is amazing (even on a normal day!). So when I got news that Indian Specialty Chef Santosh Kumar is currently showcasing a wider variety of Indian cuisine at the Melt Cafe from 16 to 31 May 2016, you can imagine my excitement! While there isn't a wine-pairing dinner this year (unlike last year), you should still expect a feast to remember.
Having featured Melt Cafe on so many occasions, I will be highlighting just the special Indian dishes in this post. More importantly, as mentioned earlier on, the Flavours of India promotion will only run until 31 May 2016 so there is definitely some time pressure on this article. So before you proceed any further, of course you will find a huge selection of curries (featuring different proteins and even vegan-versions) here at Melt!
Apart from the assorted of meat and vegetable curries from Chef Santosh, look forward to a selection of fresh naan flatbreads - choose from garlic, butter, olive and cheese. There is also a wide array of various meats (e.g. fish, chicken and lamb) to try!
One of my favourite dishes at the Flavours of India feature is this delicious Whole Lamb Biryani. I love digging into the fragrant basmati rice that is cooked to perfection and the tender lamb that goes so well with it.
As if the spread inside the restaurant is not good enough, Melt Cafe delights you further with a live gourmet kebab station outside. Select from unlimited servings of deliciously cooked meats - don't forget to try the signature minced lamb galouti kebab mixed with aromatic spices!
I think part of the fun with going for these special buffet spreads is trying the new dishes that you have not been exposed to. Back when Guest Chef Martin Isci came down from Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum, I was introduced to Turkish Cuisine. The buffet spread prepared by Chef Santosh has truly introduced me to some dishes that I would never have tried outside!
If you love your seafood, check out that beautiful and delicious Mud Crab Masala. While I've only featured some of the dishes from the Flavours of India promotion, you should expect to find the usual seafood spread on ice - lobsters, oysters, prawns and the works. I also highly recommend keeping some room for the lobster laksa which is delicious!
For dessert, try the unique rasmalai cottage cheese balls in cream, khubani ka meetha (a combination of apricot and nuts) as well as the apricot pudding. Of course, while the crepe station is not really part of the Flavours of India feature, don't forget to give it a go as well!
|Flavours of India (Melt Cafe - Mandarin Oriental, Singapore)|
(12PM to 230PM)
(12PM to 3PM)
(630PM to 930PM)
This was an invited media-tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.