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Mahec, Le Méridien Dubai
Nominated for Best Indian
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If you like your Indian food beautifully presented and executed with precision timing and served in salubrious surroundings, then hotfoot it to Mahec forthwith. Le Méridien Dubai’s Indian eatery has managed to pull off a neat trick of offering a wholly fine-dining experience without the gargantuan price tag. Some of the dishes may look overly neat on first glance, but they more than make up for their sparseness in the flavour stakes. Among the starters, the crab and calamari served with spicy tomato jelly is meaty and fresh and the batter expertly crafted and wonderfully crunchy. Elsewhere, the smoked lamb and peas with onion and tomato gravy, coriander and lemon juice has that fall-off-the-bone effect. One of the main draws here though are the desserts. The chocolate surprise initially looks like a dark chocolate pudding. But when the waiter pours the hot orange sauce over it, an inner layer of white chocolate is revealed.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Le Méridien Dubai Garhoud (04 702 2615).

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