$40-$60

Maziga Cafe & Bollywood Club, Clarke Quay: Tapas Bar Serving Modern Indian Street Food by Punjab Grill

maziga-singapore-reviewBy the same people of the fine-dining Indian restaurant Punjab Grill, 3 week-old Maziga Cafe serves modern (North) Indian street food in tapas portions. Maziga also has a club on the second floor, playing Bollywood dance music.

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The food retains the spice and flavors characteristic of Indian cuisine, but is given a modern twist, sometimes in the form of presentation. Such as the Old Delhi golgappa chaat ($12.90). It is presented on toy chairs, the tamarind sauce in a test-tube, and coriander-mint in another, chilled in nitrogen.

maziga-cafe-clarke-quay-singaporeSome dishes do appear over the top, served in basket, or lunchbox—too gimmicky for me—but they are tasty. The chili crab akuri ($16.90) is a play on Singapore’s national dish, but it’s not the sweet chilli crab we expect; it’s a not-spicy Indian curried shredded crab stuffed in deep-fried sweet mantou. Quite enjoyable.

maziga-club-clarke-quayThe tandoori lamb chop ($22.90), marinated with cumin and masala, is bony but delicious, tender and flavorful. But the best dish is indubitably the tandoori garma garam prawns ($18.90, above), which are slathered in a thick creamy coconut sauce.

maziga-singaporeButter chicken ($17.50)

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A modern twist to palik paneer: Ricotta, spinach, saffron korma ($17.50)

In general, the carbs aren’t as good as the small bites. The lamb kebab burger ($10.50) is mushy.The chicken tikka quesadilla ($15.90, below) tastes like Old Chang Kee curry puffs, which isn’t a bad thing.

maziga-singapore-priceAnother area I enjoyed is the Indian-inspired cocktails. The bubblegum Bailey’s is fun. Masala dhaniya martini ($15) is coriander-based, and savory. Indo merry ($15) is similar to a spicy bloody mary, using guava juice. Mast cola ($15) is an easy drink, sweet with beer, lime, and cola.

maziga-sgAlthough the direction for Maziga is confusing—is it a cafe or a tapas bar?—it is clearly very different from its fine-dining counterpart, Punjab Grill. The food at Maziga is not as refined but it is still delicious and the essential Indian flavors remain; it is more casual and fun, catering to a younger crowd.

Maziga Cafe & Bollywood Club
3C River Valley Road, #01-10 Clarke Quay, Singapore 179022
T: +65 6253 7307
12pm-1am
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Food: 6.75/10
Value: 5.5/10
Service: NA (tasting)
Decor/ambience: 5.75/10
Overall: 3/5

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