Review: A fun twist on Indian favourites at Dubai's Carnival by Tresind

The menu is constantly evolving with each season at Carnival by Tresind
Review: A fun twist on Indian favourites at Dubai's Carnival by Tresind
Carnival by Tresind boasts dim lights and intimate seatings ideal for romantic evenings
By Bernd Debusmann Jr
Sun 21 Apr 2019 01:10 PM

In a city filled to the brim with Indian food, Carnival by Tresind manages to do something remarkable: go beyond the F&B buzzwords and deliver a truly unique experience that caters to die-hard lovers of traditional cuisine and demanding modern connoisseurs.

The restaurant – located in Burj Damam – is the second local venture from Passion F&B and its veteran founder, Bhupender Nath, who has made it his mission to bring out the playful and fun side of a cuisine which has too often been described as ‘heavy’ and ‘boring’.  With Carnival by Tresind, he has succeeded.

Carnival by Tresind's menu is constantly evolving every season, each of which remains true to India’s cuisine but with a unique thematic twist.

For the venue’s sixth season, which began in March, it created a six-course tasting menu that includes a detailed bookmark explaining each course, telling its ‘story’ and explaining why it was included in the season’s menu.

As a result, many of the dishes come in a book themselves – a pumpkin dish, for example, comes in a book entitled “Fifty Shades of Pumpkin”, while a pie might come along with “the Life of Pi”. The theme even extends to India’s favourite street food, Pani Puri, which comes along with a large, vintage looking magnifying glass to allow for closer inspection.

One might be forgiven for thinking that the theme is a little more than a gimmick, but it works. The food is excellent, remaining true to authentic Indian food, while at the same time, adding something new.

Standout dishes include the Pondicherry fish curry, the ‘Jungle Book’ - slow cooked lamb mince with green peas – as well as a fish tajine which comprises seabass curry, preserved lemon and delicious Kalamata olives.

The season’s best feature, however, is its new Delhi-style street food experience, Dilli-6. True to its origins, Dilli-6 is set in a dedicated area of the restaurant set aside to host a “food cart” offering beloved Indian street food items such as Bhel, Pani-Puri, Jalebi Chaat and others. Guests can either choose to go over to the stand, which makes for a nice social experience with other diners, or include Dilli-6 as part of one’s overall dining affair.

The venue itself, at first glance, may seem a little dark. However, it soon grows on you, particularly if you are lucky enough to be seated in one of the restaurant’s tiny and intimate little corners or covered pod-like tables that are perfect for a romantic evening. Even the simulated foliage, which looks a bit like a forest that has been devastated by a fire, adds a unique element to the scenery.

If you are looking for a modern twist on Indian favourites, Carnival by Tresind is well deserving of a visit. We cannot wait to see what their next season has in store.

The bookmark tasting menu costs AED225, while the Dilli-6 alone with unlimited Chaat goes for just AED60. The restaurant also includes a “brunch affair” complete with DJs, mentalists and magicians for AED225 on Fridays, inclusive of food, soft beverages and mocktails, while the house beverage option is priced at AED285.

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