Simply take a step into Firangi Superstar, a new modern Indian restaurant along Craig Road, and you will be transported to a Wes Anderson movie set version of India with its darkened interior, colonial-styled rooms and spicy aromas.
Before you even get to the food, you have to pause and allow yourself to be taken on a journey. The restaurant, which is a foreigner’s love letter to India, is separated into different rooms, each with its own theme and exquisite design.
You begin in the Officer’s Club which features a well-stocked bar, mounted rifles and framed photographs of military men before moving into a private dining room designed to represent the interior of a train carriage.
Pay attention because if you look closely at the painting on the wall, you will see two men running after a train. The scene, which was painted by local artist TraseOne (Sufian Hamri), is reminiscent of an iconic scene from one of Wes Anderson’s most iconic movies, The Darjeeling Limited.
As you move into the restaurant, close your eyes for a second and take a deep breath because you need to allow the overpowering and sharp smell of spices to surround you before you step into the glamourous Elephant Palace and Jungle Lodge which features stone elephants, animal print and the cosiest nooks and crannies that will take you straight back to the ’40s.