It’s not often, when dining at a restaurant, that we get asked if we want some bubbles blown at us. But that’s exactly what happens at new Indian spot Carnival by Trèsind, a place that not only offers quirkily named, creatively concocted dishes, but a fun atmosphere amid inventive, eclectic décor, too.
It’s all in the name. From the moment you step in and spot bronzed trees, asymmetrical mirrors and a toy merry-go-round in the centre of each table, you’ll see why it’s called “Carnival” by Trèsind. This sense of playfulness extends to the food and the names of the dishes, such as Game of Corns or the Mystery Meat – the description for which is simply “? ? ! !” on the menu.
Similarly to the owners’ original offering, Trèsind, in Nassima Royal Hotel, this restaurant is all about modern, fusion cuisine. Everything stays true to its Indian roots in terms of flavour, but cooking techniques and the combinations of ingredients are unique.
For example, the Game of Corns, which we order as a starter, is two corn curd and fenugreek cutlets, with a goji berry chutney and Kewpie mayo. It’s similar to aloo tikki (spiced potato cakes) in many ways, but the balance of flavours – sweet, salty and tangy – is taken to the next level.
The same goes for the Mystery Meat (which we of course have to try). We won’t ruin the surprise for you, but let’s just say this is a must-order for any meat-lover. And if you’re a fan of seafood, we also highly recommend the carta farta – delicately steamed sea bass en papillote, with a Malabar-style bouillabaisse.
Sadly, our portions are so large we can barely get through the meal and we’re uncomfortably full once we leave. And that’s a serious downside when the flavours are this good. The Bottom Line The dishes will intrigue you so much, you’ll have to come back for the rest.
Carnival by Tresind