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Nina, One&Only Royal Mirage
Nominated for Best Indian
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Nina oozes class from the off. As you descend the winding staircase with candles and elegant wall fixtures, there’s no denying the sense that you’ve arrived at a restaurant that’s serious about taking its guests on a journey. Staff are efficient, attentive and knowledgeable, even with the pressure of a full restaurant. The menu is compact, but there’s enough variety to choose from and waiters will expertly advise diners on what to order. Note that Nina offers guests the choice of large or small portions – a ‘large’ main at a little over Dhs90 being good enough to share, which really isn’t bad for a high-quality meal in one of the most romantic settings in town. Not just that, but the food is excellent, being what many would call a ‘posh curry’. Nina may not be the highest profile Indian in town, but it nonetheless deserves to be mentioned alongside the best curry houses.
Open daily 7pm -11.30pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, Umm Suqeim (04 399 9999).

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