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Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor

Nominated for Best Newcomer 12 Comments

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Simple and dark, the restaurant has a subtle but clear sense of an Indian aesthetic, like the glimmering silver rings around the ‘signature’ plates. Sadly, these are removed and replaced with a less exciting – yet still stylish – batch of white ones. The menu is large and full of Indian words (with no English-language explanations), but waiters guide diners through choices. The sharing platter of chicken cooked three ways in a tandoor oven comprises ‘chicken parmesan tikka’ (which actually proves to be rather good), tasty and tender chicken seekhpa and neza kabab – a roll of minced chicken meat stuffed with a creamy, herby filling. It’s unexpectedly light in flavour and very enjoyable. For mains, the menu lists several ‘gharha’, a slow-cooked claypot speciality that’s a signature at Signature. Try the wonderfully creamy, vibrantly flavoured lemongrass butter chicken, sprinkled with zaatar for a pleasingly local touch. The dish comes with a sun-dried tomato and olive naan, which isn’t unpleasant, but tastes disorientatingly like pizza, adding nothing to the dish’s Asian flavours. The mint paratha is a much better bet.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. Meliá Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 386 8111).

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Posted by: Sanjay Acharya on 14 Feb ' 15 at 19:52

I took my family for a valentine dinner today and the experience was just too pathetic!
The service was terrible and the food was blend and dry,no flavor or taste,the staff were too busy to attend to us and the bill took ages to come.
I can't under what they mean by signature restaurant

Posted by: ehsaas on 25 Feb ' 14 at 04:49

We went to this restaurant last nite and was not very impressed with the ambience and decor as soon as we entered , lighting is dull, no sofas inside and in winters you cannot sit outside when you are going with small kids. Staff is friendly but service was poor as we had to keep reminding them for straw, napkins, spoons etc . Baby chair and disposable cups and plates for the kids was not available.

Disappointed with a very small portion of starter, one mushroom, one paneer and two broccoli pieces with some kind of chutney in a cone, did not find value for money. taste was ok , not great.
Main course again very bland , Lemon Pappu , sarson ka saag, and tawa vegetables , no spice . Not meant for Indian taste , good for goras, no value for money at all, Was expecting much more from Sanjeev Kapoor as I have been to both Khazana and Options and their food , service is much better and not too expensive like this restaurant.

I am a very big fan of SK and would want him to review this feedback and do some corrections as we have a big Indian community in Dubai who is fond of his food but with this kind of experience I would never recommend anyone to this place.

Posted by: Xavier on 13 Jul ' 13 at 20:12
  • Best for: Family friendly

My second visit.....almost 5 months after........this guys are awesome.....had been there at great brands since this lap...but the good thing is they recognise me without a prior reservation.....how come???only one thing i felt.....need some changes in the menu,,,,,,I am pretty sure you can make it better Akshay........had one more gr8 xperience.....thank you Sandeep and your best team.............will meet you soon

Posted by: Kunal leelvani on 19 Mar ' 13 at 20:04
  • Best for: Family friendly

I dont know from where to start...the food is amazing and so is the service. Chef akshay had met us and surprized with his amazing passion. We will surely visit back...

Posted by: chetna on 11 Mar ' 13 at 09:13
  • Best for: Romantic

This is such a dark and gloomy place. it makes me feel as i am sitting in a cave, the food is so so.expected a lot from Sanjeev Kapoor. Not very impressed.

Posted by: Jay on 24 Jan ' 13 at 20:02
  • Best for: Romantic

Great service! Great decor! Great place for a romantic dinner or a family dinner! Food is quite innovative!

Posted by: Xavier on 08 Sep ' 12 at 14:50
  • Best for: Family friendly

never realized that the indian food can be better like this....WOWWWWW............Two thumps up FOR THE ENTIRE TEAM.......apart from the poor construction of the building and the cleanliness of the wash rooms ...GR8 PLACE .............

Posted by: Abhayjeet Kalra on 16 Aug ' 12 at 19:22

This is a well thought place and serves amazing food from different regions of India. Hats off to chef akshay nayyar who pampers the guests so much that they have to return back...! Thanks to signature as it is now the best Indian restaurant in Dubai

Posted by: Mrs. Gandhi on 01 Aug ' 12 at 12:00
  • Best for: Family friendly

Had the amazing experience of having a lovely dinner at Signature. Totally innovative where fine dining is concerned. A huge salute to chef Akshay Nayyar who is in charge. His personal attention goes a long way in making the guest comfortable.
The presentation of the food is of a remarkable high standard. Thumbs up to the whole staff of Signature.

Posted by: Lisa on 28 Jul ' 12 at 16:15
  • Best for: Romantic

Totally disagree with the negative review above.

Ten of us went on at the weekend and all of us had a fantastic time.

We were seated on a table big enough to accommodate us at the back of the restaurant, which was partially curtained off, so it felt like we had the place to ourselves, which was ideal.

The service was great, the waiters attentive, but not overly so. Food came quickly, and all together, so everyone was eating at the same time (I have been to many places in Dubai where the food comes out in dribs and drabs!).

The food itself was very tasty, in fact some of the nices Indian cuisine I have tasted.

We spent quite some time in there and were not rushed out by the staff.

I would reccommend anyone to go and give it a try. We were obviously a group, but it is definitely somewhere I would go with my husand for a romantic meal.

Very impressed and looking forward to going back again sometime.

We spent about 800dhs per couple, but we did drink a lot of wine, which will have bumped our bill up quite considerably.

Well worth it!

Posted by: DEVENDER SINGH on 13 Jul ' 12 at 10:55

V WENT TO THE RESTAURANT ON 12.7.12. AMBIANCE WAS VERY DARK. SERVICE STAFF ALSO WEAR DARK CLOTHES. EXCEPT FOR THE STARTERS THE MAIN COURSE WAS LOUSY. ORDERED NIZAM CHICKEN CURRY- THE CHICKEN WAS VERY HARD TO MUNCH. ORDERED FOR CHICKEN BIRYANI AGAIN THE RICE WAS UN COOKED AND THE CHICKEN WAS VERY HARD TO MUNCH. THE EVENING CHEF CAME AND EXPLAINED THAT HE DIDNT COOKED IT FRESH. OVERALL THE DINNER WAS VERY POOR LY MADE A ROAD SIDE CAFETERIA BIRYANI WHICH IS 15 TO 25 DHS IS MUCH MORE TASTY THAN SANJEEV KAPOORS SIGNATURE RESTAURANT. V WILL NEVER THINK OF VISITING AND NEVER RECOMMEND ANYBODY ELSE TO VISIT. NEEDS LOTS OF UPGRADING. HOPE SOMEBODY READS THIS.

Posted by: Abhayjeet Kalra on 02 Jul ' 12 at 13:57

Excellent food and best in Dubai

 

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