We all love to explore different kinds of foods while traveling. But if you’re an Indian, no matter where you travel, your trip is incomplete without some desi khanna. There’s something so comforting about Indian food. Even if you’re miles away, you feel at home in just one bite. Those rich creamy curries bursting with irresistible flavors, aromatic lentil preparations and drool-worthy sweets are like a warm hug on a cloudy day.
Known for its spicy palatable preparations, Indian food is famous world-over… specially in a multi-cultural place like Dubai, that is home to a large number of Indians. Just like Arabic food, it is easily available in every nook and corner. But in order for a place to become the ultimate restaurant, food isn’t the only thing that needs focus anymore. It also needs that extra touch of uniqueness coupled with immaculate presentation and hospitality.
So if you’re on the lookout for some tadke wali dal with a modern twist, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our list of 6 restaurants that make Indian food look as good as its taste. These are restaurants that serve much more than just your average dal and rice. These are restaurants that stand out in a city boasting a glut of Indian restaurants. These are restaurants people seldom pop into on a whim because a meal here is best saved for those special occasions with your loved ones. These are restaurants that are changing the face of Indian cuisine globally by creating awareness of its impeccable diversity by serving food that is everything ‘Indian’ in taste but nothing in appearance.
Indego by Vineet
Awarded the Best Indian restaurant in the 2016 Time Out Dubai Awards, Indego is a place where textures and flavors are sumptuously brought alive with the use of traditional spices and ingredients. Guided by Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia – highly regarded as the ‘face’ of modern progressive Indian cuisine, one can expect an expressive range of Indian food with exemplary fine-dining presentation. Like he says, ‘If you eat my food at Indego with your eyes closed, it’s India on your palate but if you look at it, it’s very modern, very European.’
Junoon meaning passion is a contemporary Indian restaurant offering myriad flavors with a homely touch. True to its name, one can truly see the passion and commitment of the ever-so-busy culinary team as they whip up magical preparations behind the open kitchen. It’s like a theatrical show – there’s always so much happening. Watching them plate, brings in a whole new level of excitement. It’s a vibrant; trendsetting place that combines traditional taste with a je ne sais quoi that truly makes it par excellence. Perfect for a gathering or celebration, it exuberates sophistication and energy with a spectacular selection of food and wines. The original outpost in New York is a Michelin star and has made a name for itself all over the world.
Mint Leaf of London
Entice your senses with culinary delights in a luxurious setting at DIFC’s hip award-wining restaurant. From the English capital to the emirates, Mint Leaf of London made its way to Dubai, not-so-long ago and has taken the city by a storm ever since. A cozy restaurant offering Indian foods, true to its culinary roots with stunning views of Downtown Dubai and the tall and mighty Burj Khalifa. The food is elaborate and fancy yet heartening. Though they serve a diverse range of dishes, they’re known for their spicy and zesty Indian preparations.
Named after the princely state in Punjab, Patiala offers a relaxed yet refined ambiance, stylish interiors and classic Indian food. With a display kitchen, guests can watch age-old recipes being fabricated with a modern twist. The menu is carefully divided into two parts – the classic that brings out the old-world charm out of Indian food and the innovative that is young, effervescent and experimental. An energetic vibe with hearty food, the restaurant reflects a ‘joie de vivre’ that redefines fine-dining experience in the true sense.
Discover a touch of tradition with contemporary flair at Michelin- starred, Indian-born, UK-based Chef Atul Kochhar’s palace of color also known as Rang Mahal. Located at the world’s tallest JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, the restaurant is one of the main culinary draws known for its flawlessly textured, delicately flavored, perfectly spiced lip-smacking preparations.
Carnival by Tresind
If you want to enjoy a dining experience like never before, this is the place for you. Modern, chic and vivacious with an urban feel – Carnival by Tresind, sister outlet to notable Tresind is a restaurant that perfectly exemplifies the marriage of Indian cuisine to molecular gastronomy. Expect a carnival-like feel with elaborately prepared dishes that have playful names like Game of Corns, Thai Tanic and lots more, an occasional spray of bubbles by servers, mind-blowing theatrics, exceptional food and a buzzing ambiance – all under one roof. Nearly every dish, from the textures to the spices is impressive and innovative in equal measure. A true surprise and delight at the same time, everything is flawlessly prepared and executed. Whether you call for one, two or everything on the menu, you are sure to walk away content. The only thing that you will regret is having to walk away!