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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