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Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Melia Hotel Dubai
Nominated for Best Indian
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Promising to be ‘built around the soul’ of Indian cooking, Kapoor’s eatery certainly provides an evening to savour. The slightly sparse dining room screams sophistication, and a small, rather narrow space means you’ll be in for a more intimate experience. The menu is something to behold, and you could be in for a tricky time trying to make a decision as a slew of utterly alluring descriptions of Kapoor’s creations will have you chomping at the bit. An intriguing starter is the kasundi tawa mahi – marinated dory fish in a beautifully delicate and creamy sauce served on a toasted brioche. Elsewhere, the chicken bhathra is also highly proficient, with the minced chicken adding individuality to the dish. Although the staff can sometimes be a bit pushy, the food is inventive and the space convivial if you’ve the dirhams to spare for a highly decent dining experience.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Melia Dubai. Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai. (04 386 8111).

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