It’s hard not to gape when one steps into modern Indian restaurant Firangi Superstar. Whimsical and OTT in the best kind of way, its lush interiors include opulent wood panelled walls adorned with old photos and antique rifles, a private room designed to resemble a vintage train carriage, and dining booths designed with arches inspired by Rajput architecture and Udaipur palaces.
Welcome to a space that owners Rohit Roopchan and Michael Goodman conceived as a foreigner’s love letter to India. “The design concept is centred around a cinematic journey through India, inspired by the owners’ own experiences and memories, but also with a noticeable Wes Anderson inspiration, so the themes are very curated, transportive and fantastical,” says Piya Thamchariyawat, senior creative director and principal of EDG Design, which designed Firangi Superstar.
It sets the scene perfectly for the restaurant’s unique Indian cuisine. On head chef Thiru Gunasakaran’s menu are dishes like Prata Waffle (think Madras fried chicken with prata a la American fried chicken and waffles) and This is Not Aloo Gobi (cauliflower cooked three ways), which are a playful spin on the memories of the food he grew up with but through the lens of his own Western culinary training.
Thamchariyawat says, “The details layered throughout the venue help to reinforce the design narrative and cinematic storytelling we wanted to convey.”
The restaurant, with its theatrical setting, is one of the latest in a slew of F&B establishments in Singapore that are harnessing the power of design to elevate the dining experience, by offering a visual and sensorial deep dive into the space.