Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Indian restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get the best curry in Dubai.
In the mood for a creamy curry, spicy biriyani or fancy filling up on tandoori-grilled meats, you’re in luck, because there’s a staggering range of Indian outlets in around. But it could also make choosing where to go a tough job. Worry not, Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
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.
With a name like Armani attached to it, you'd expect this restaurant to be a stylish affair. And it doesn't disappoint. From the moment you set foot inside the Armani Hotel, you can sense the class oozing out of the building. The same goes for Amal's staff '“ attentive, helpful and knowledgeable, they get everything right. If you can, try to get a table on the terrace outside, with a tremendous position on the third floor of the hotel; look up and you can see the BurjKhalifa from a whole new perspective, look out and you can watch the fountains outside Dubai Mall. There can't be many more romantic settings in Dubai. Thankfully, the food lives up to the high expectations, too. It all sounds delicious, but try the tasting menu if you want to push the boat out; it won't cost you much more than a couple of courses from the à la carte and you get to try things you might not order usually. Scallops and lobster dishes are so fresh they taste like they were swimming the same day, the spiciness never overpowers the ingredients and everything is cooked perfectly. Desserts are also a thing to behold '“ artistic, impressive and wonderfully tasty.
With exquisite food, service and ambience, Indego by Vineet lives up to expectations. With the name of the first Indian chef to hold a Michelin star attached to it, the standards need to be high, and we're pleased to say that they are. Staff are on hand to offer any help or recommendations you might need, from choosing dishes that go together well, or explaining what's in each one. The setting is classy and the food is stunning. Malabari magic is just that, chilli paneer wrapped in a banana leaf, with broccoli, edamame beans and idiyappam noodles with a creamy malai sauce. Another starter, the herb chop,is a perfectly pink piece of lamb, with sweet baby carrots, a carrot foam and goats cheese samosa. Both dishes are a perfect balance of restraint and inventiveness. Main courses are just as good, and not just our usual curry and rice. Coastal jigha is a generous mound of prawns in a kaffir lime leaf and coconut sauce on a bed of polenta. Punjabi chicken is aspiced breast on pea and aubergine mash with potato croquettes and a wonderful madkhani sauce. The food here is outstanding, and has the price tag to match.