By Courtney Trenwith
Taj Dubai’s signature Indian restaurant has gone all out to celebrate Diwali this year, creating a bespoke menu and opening up its Opera Ballroom.
As the ancient Indian festival of Diwali approaches this weekend, Indian businesses and residents in Dubai are gearing up for celebrations that get bigger and bolder each year.
Hotels and restaurants in the emirate are also increasingly catering to the celebration. Bombay Brasserie, a five-star Indian restaurant atop Taj Dubai in Business Bay, is among them.
Executive Chef Jitin Joshi has created a special Diwali menu featuring his contemporary take on classic Indian dishes.
When we sat down to taste the special menu, it had been printed and rolled up on the table so we knew what to expect from the beginning. The gold specked asparagus korma immediately stood out as a Dubai-inspired creation.
We started with a spread featuring Chukandar tikka, a beetroot cake with pear chutney; tandoori tiger prawns; and kotimbiri wadi, sun dried lentil dumplings with tomato onion.
Our second serving came in an array of small bowls with bhatti prawns, Kagaz wali macchi (fish), channa masala, lentils and basmati rice – accompanied by the best kulcha you will ever taste, warm naan bread stuffed with sundried tomatoes and mozzarella. It was so divine we welcomed a second piece.
The Bombay Brasserie version of Indian is like no other you will find in Dubai. Less oil and more creativity, it is a new insight on a classic cuisine.
The restaurant carries an urban edge, with the option to dine at a table or a more casual setting at the bar overlooking the open kitchen. Coupled with friendly service and a fun cocktail menu, it is an exceptional night out.
The festivities are set to rise another notch on October 30 when Taj Dubai’s Opera Ballroom will be decorated with traditional rangoli and rows of diyas to celebrate the day of Diwali.
For more details phone 971 4438 3100.
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