Photo: Indian Accent

Chefs Manish and Shantanu Mehrotra of the highly lauded New Delhi restaurant Indian Accent – widely recognised as a major frontrunner in contemporary Indian cuisine – will be presenting its reimagined take on traditional Indian flavours at the Mandala Club in Bukit Pasoh Road from May 9 to 25.

The chefs, who are not related, will join the list of illustrious chefs who have joined the private members club’s series of culinary residency programme, Mandala Masters. It has attracted high-profile chefs such as Mirazur’s Mauro Colagreco and Thai-Indian celebrity chef Gaggan Anand.

The announcement comes hot on the heels of the recent conclusion of a month-long residency by famed Japanese chef Yoshihiro Narisawa of the two-Michelin-starred Narisawa.

Indian Accent has accrued many accolades since its inception in 2009, consistently ranking in the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list for more than a decade (it scored 19th this year). Its culinary director Manish Mehrotra has also received recognition from organisations and foreign media like Culinary Culture and American Express. It opened a New York outpost in 2016, and will be opening another in Mumbai soon.

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A taste of India in Singapore

Photo: Indian Accent

Like the culinary grandmasters that preceded them, the Mehrotras will be pulling over their 40-strong team for the duration of the two-week pop-up. Both lunch and dinner are available with four-, seven- or nine-course menus. Prices start from $188++ for lunch and $238++ for dinner.

Dishes to expect include crab a la Kanyakumari, a coastal town on the southern tip of India’s Tamil Nadu state, served with sago pongal (a South Indian dish of rice cooked in milk) and caviar; or a pathar kebab, which swaps out the lamb typical of the popular Hyderabadi skewer for Wagyu. This is served with a bone marrow stew, also known as nihari, flecked with lily bulbs.

These will be complemented by a complete beverage programme inclusive of craft cocktails and an extensive wine list, provided by other members of EHV International Group – the driving multinational force behind Indian Accent founded by restaurateur Rohit Khattar.

Khattar says: “The great food city of Singapore has been high on our radar, and we are keenly looking for a permanent abode for not only Indian Accent, but our other restaurant brands too. This residency initiated by Amaya Ventures (a Singapore-based single family office) at the wonderful Mandala Club, gives us a great opportunity to showcase our inventive take on Indian flavours. We hope Singapore embraces us as warmly as New Delhi and New York have.”