Time Out Dubai Restaurant Awards 2013
Armani/Amal, as you might expect, is by far the most stylish Indian restaurant in Dubai. Once you’ve worked out where it lies amid the honey-tone walls of Giorgio’s minimalist first hotel, you are invited to have a mini mocktail in the peaceful bar area, before being seated either under one of the large low-flying lamps inside, or under a canopy on the terrace outside, overlooking the sparkling lights of Downtown and the Dubai Fountain. Service is also professional and slick without being intimidating or intrusive: waiters are present when you need them and gone when you don’t. The food itself is similarly sophisticated: beautifully presented and sumptuous, and, refreshingly for an Indian restaurant in Dubai, portion sizes are manageable. Expect flavourful curries with rich, creamy sauces and innovative combinations. Our only complaint? The menus stand out as shabby in the surrounds – but, thankfully, this is something one can easily get over once the food mentioned upon them is delivered to your table.
Open daily 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai (04 888 3444)