A first-of-its-kind in Singapore, Maziga Indian Bar & Grill follows the concept of a casual-style cafe and dining experience with a Modern Indian cuisine menu that brings old Indian favourites, but with a twist.
Created by Chef Javed Ahamad and team, the folks behind Singapore’s premier Indian restaurant Punjab Grill at Marina Bay Sands — Maziga has opened its outlet at Whitefield’s VR Bengaluru Mall. It is the first outpost in India. It promises to create an innovative Indian dining experience in a trendy and fun environment.
And what does “Maziga” mean exactly? The term refers to cooking in traditional earthen pots. Chef Javed Ahamad takes on traditional dishes such as kebabs created by the nawabs and turns them into a patty for his Kulha burgers — a signature menu. While the vibe of the restaurant is contemporary and new age, the menu is very Indian and rooted, but with a playful twist.
Dal Tadka served at Maziga
The seating at Maziga is comfortable and plush but not overdone because the focus here is on the food. The ceiling is perked up with giant crystal drops chandelier-style lighting.
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The 15-Course Journey Through India
While the regular menu offers plenty of choices, the USP of Maziga is definitely their 15-course tasting menu, available for lunch and dinner. The tasting menu gives a whirlwind experience.
The meal starts with Chat Masala Yoghurt Spherification, Goat Brain Pav, Quinoa Upma Cod Fish Kaffir Lime Sauce. Move on to Chicken Liver Coconut, Banana Flower Dumpling, Edamame Beans and Green Peas Soup, Malwani Prawn Bharta, White Chocolate Bombs, Tandoori Smoked Duck, and Palak Gucchi Khichdi and more, ending with the 15th course, the three varieties of desserts.
Charcoal Pancake with Malwani Prawns | Maziga
Every dish on the tasting menu is meticulously thought-out and re-interpreted to give diners a unique and alternative perspective to Indian cuisine.
À la carte menu
The À la carte menu includes a meal with good ‘ol Pind Wali Kesar Lassi, Shikanji, Matta or Jal Jeera. There’s also Blueberry or Avocado Lassi. The diners get a variety of choices in salads such as the Murgh Tikka Caesar Salad or soups such as Broccoli & Lentil Shorba. From the Chaat Bazaar section, one can pick Methi Papadi Chaat to Mumbai Beach Ragda Pattie, or the trendier Artichoke and Kale Chaat and Goat Cheese Samosa.
Seafood Pilaf (left) and Gilawat Kabab Kulcha (right) | Maziga
The pan-grilled kababs section includes choices like Tava Scallops, Daniwal Aloo Paneer Tikki with Raspberry & Amchur Chutney and Lamb Galouti Kebabs. And wait! There’s Chicken Tikka Popcorn with Truffle Mash, Maziga Naanlets and Maska Pao Bhaji Fondue too. The big, fat barbecue section offers vegetarian and non-vegetarian grills — all done in tandoor. Vegetarians can take their pick from Peshawari Bharwan Aloo, Dahi Wale Kebab or Mazika Chukunder Aur Quinoa Seekh Kebab. For non-vegetarians, there is Amritsari Crab Kaffir Lime Korma Sauce, Tandoori Lobster, Tandoori Duck and generous kabab and seafood platters.
The mains comprise curries with national representation — from Rajasthani Saunf Wale Aloo to Tandoori Gobi Mussalam and Jaipuri Bhindi Masala to Kashmiri Rogan Josh and Chettinad Duck Curry.
White chocolate Gol Gappa | Maziga
The desserts come with a few Bangalore twists such as the Malai Mawa & Gulkand Cheese Cake the Kurkuri Mysore Pak Halwa. But there’s also the quirky Bournvita Phirni and Masala Thandai Panna Cotta.
An Ode To Singapore
With a nod to its Singapore roots, Maziga offers the classic Singapore Sling with gin and cherry brandy. Classic like Negroni, Bloody Mary, Daiquiri, and Manhattan are also on the menu along with Martinis and Margaritas. There’s also a selection of international beers, aperitifs and shooters to pick from.