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Rang Mahal
Best Indian Winner
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Celebrity chef Atul Kochhar has nailed Indian fine-dining at this stylish eatery. The dark room, with low orange lighting, is very romantic. Huge carved wooden pillars break up the space, making it feel more intimate than you would expect. Service is also fantastic, with staff on hand to offer recommendations and explain the menu, which is an exciting mix of familiar dishes, created with flair and high-end ingredients. The starter of softshell crab, which comes with a salad of crab meat, micro greens and passion fruit is fantastic, as are the Scottish ‘Lassooni’ scallops with garlic and cauliflower. The spices are subtle enough to add flavour, but not overwhelm, the delicate seafood. Main courses are just as decadent and tasty, the butter-tossed lobster in ‘Malai’ curry, with a mustard and coconut sauce is heavenly. The lamb khada masala, meanwhile, is amore earthy, traditional curry, but on another level to what you’d normally get. Rang Mahal is a classy restaurant serving impeccable Indian food.
Open daily 6pm-1am. JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 414 3000).

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