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Food & Drink

Try modern Indian cuisine in Dubai

Mon, August 24, 2020

These restaurants are giving traditional recipes from the subcontinent a 21st century makeover.

These restaurants are giving traditional recipes from the subcontinent a 21st century makeover.



Taking pride of place along the shorelines of La Merwith spectacular views of the Burj Khalifa and the glittering skyline in the distance, Masti knows how to impress. With a fresh, global take on traditional Indian cuisine, a meal here always surprises with fabulous fusion flavours. Some of the menu's more creative spins include edamame chaat, slow-cooked lamb croquettes elevated with Kashmiri spices, pulled tandoori chicken baos, 'new style' biryanis and more. Get ready for beachside bites that pack a punch.


Mint Leaf of London

This contemporary London export is deeply rooted in authentic Indian flavours. Located in the city's financial district, surrounded by memorable views, Mint Leaf of London serves up an exhaustive menu of refined North Indian classics. Try the zafrani malai tikka – chicken perfected with saffron and cashews – or savour sunehre jheenge which sees jumbo tiger prawns roasted with garlic and turmeric. Vegetarians should feast on the Bombay potatoes, or sambhar-style subzi, vegetables infused with a tangy South Indian kick.


Indego by Vineet

Experience Michelin-style cuisine by celebrated Indian chef Vineet Bhatia at Indego. The team here present culinary transformations that infuse Indian recipes with international influences. Try the parmesan chicken tikka, alongside popular tandoori delicacies on the menu. If you are a fan of Bhatia's inventive takes, make sure to also check out Indya by Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa where dishes like 'KFC' (Kerala Fried Chicken) and berry pulao rice surprise and delight.



Discover a molecular-gastronomy approach to Indian cuisine at Tresind. Expect inventive techniques and traditional flavours in a stylish setting – think lots of liquid nitrogen and interactive tableside preparations. For special occasions, book the chef's table experience at Trèsind Studio or consider an evening at sister restaurant Carnival by Tresind, conceived by the same executive chef, Himanshu Saini. The DIFC venue offers a slightly less formal and more playful take on Indian dining, with nostalgic flavours on the menu.


Farzi Café

Dine at this Dubai outpost of a famed Mumbai eatery, showcasing excellent experimental Indian cuisine. Think lamb shawarma biryani and delicious rasmalai très leches for dessert, served with an unconventional presentation style. Farzi Café is spearheaded by Zorawar Kalra, whose father and mentor, the late Jiggs Kalra, is fondly referred to as the 'czar of Indian cuisine'. His legacy lives on at the Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra restaurant in JW Marriott Marquis, where you can dive into a 12-course tasting menu and inspiring vegetarian options.


MAHEC By Satish Arora

An all-time classic, MAHEC has been delighting gourmands in the city for years. Led by chef Satish Arora who has served notable personalities in the past including Queen Elizabeth II, the restaurant combines tried-and-tested recipes with modern techniques. The results are fantastic. If you don't know where to start, ask the staff for recommendations and you'll soon have a feast worth savouring. Our favourites include the tiger prawns with pink peppercorn, vegetarian street food, signature spiced lamb curry and perfectly-prepared biryanis.

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