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Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
Nominated for Best Indian
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With clean, simple decor and low lighting, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor is the perfect romantic restaurant. Helpful staff are knowledgeable about the menu and can offer assistance when deciding on your choices. As always with Indian restaurants, there is plenty to choose from, including the reliable classics and some more inventive dishes. Before the meal, popadoms arrive with fresh, creative chutneys (including pineapple), while amuse-bouches and palate cleansers come courtesy of the chef. It’s a regular one on most menus, but make sure you try the butter chicken here. It is cooked with lemongrass, giving the dish a twist, and the meat is melt-in-your-mouth. Lamb biryani is also tasty and comes in a big portion with tender chunks of lamb. The restaurant’s signature bread, galouti naan, is filled with lamb and is as much a side dish as an accompaniment. A playful dessert is the saffron fried ice cream, which is studded with popping candy. You’ll find a romantic atmosphere and inventive food, presented well, at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Meliá Dubai, Bur Dubai (04 386 8111).

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