“Stylish, contemporary Indian dishes more affordable than you think”
Since 1971, the Rang Mahal group of restaurants have been serving fine-dining Indian cuisine with exceptional service. Table by Rang Mahal targets the trendier, younger generation with a minimalistic modern display, while Rang Mahal at Pan Pacific Hotel is known for its classy, sophisticated appeal.
The overhead static display also plays with light and shadow elements to create an ephemeral environment for its guests.
Chef’s Soup of the day- Gobi Soup ($7). A blend of cauliflower, chili and masala. The piquant taste of coriander cuts through the flavorful broth, which also leaves a spicy after-taste. Really interesting soup.
Chili Cheese Kulzza ($6). A simple fluffy pita-ish crust with good portions of cheddar cheese, sprinkled with coriander and chili. The salsa-like garlic chili also compliments this dish wonderfully with a bit heavier fire if you please.
Murg Angar & Tandoori Prawn. I think this was part of a set menu as I couldn’t find the pricing on the a la carte menu. Not overcooked or anything technically wrong with it, but this dish was just pretty average in terms of mix of spices used for the marinate. Nothing exciting really.
Also served with Gobi Matter, Dal Tadkewali, Brown and Red Rice Pilaf, Five grain Tandoori Roti. The cauliflower Gobi matter and Dal Tadkewali were pleasantly smooth and cooked without any vegetable rawness left. The Brown and Red rice however, had quite a few hard grain husks that manage to lodge into the cracks of my teeth with each bite- not a very palatable texture to me.
Butter Chicken ($18). Tandoor-grilled chicken simmered in a house tomato gravy. I liked this mild, tangy gravy, but it might be a little sweet for others.
Bengali Fish Masala ($22). Sea bass fillets tossed in mustard and spices. Soft, fresh fish yet still retaining a slight firmness. Good mustard sauce with that hint of sourness and an adequate spice level.
Indian Tandoori Naan ($5). We had the garlic and plain naans to go along with the butter chicken and fish masala. Very fragrant naan, but tends to get cold fast in this restaurant.
Table’s Pop ($11). WOW. This was an amazing dessert. The popsicle itself is just coconut cream with some honey and chia seeds which is pretty sweet on its own, but goes amazingly well with the sour berries compote at the bottom. Very well put together and magnificently balanced.
A pleasant masala tea to finish off dinner. I love that the spices are more subtle and not too in your face.
Comparably more affordable than Rang Mahal at Pan Pacific Hotel, Table by Rang Mahal serves similar high standard authentic Indian specialties with an attentive group of staff.
My only small quip was that we had about 4-5 different staff asking us how the food was, and we had to repeat the same answer over and over. Perhaps one dedicated table captain to each table would have been more appropriate.
Still, quite a pleasant, romantic environment to visit for fine Indian cuisine.
Expected Damage: $35 – $45/pax