A lobby restaurant surprises us with some excellent Indian fare 169 Reviews
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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010
The Mövenpick’s newest signature restaurant isn’t full of obvious Indian food connoisseurs – it’s packed with tracksuit-clad hotel guests and their families. To them, Chutneys is probably an afterthought, somewhere near to their room that sells that glorious combination of curry and Kingfisher. It’s an odd clientele given the place’s stellar culinary credentials: the kitchen is run by brothers Hafeez and Hasib Qureshi, a surname that’s synonymous with high-end Indian dining. The pickles and, appropriately, the chutneys are all created in-house and the kitchen makes a point of using fresh – not frozen – produce.
In short: the place deserves appreciative clientele, and it may have a better shot at getting it if the decor didn’t scream ‘afterthought’. Despite this, Chutneys serves up some exceptional Indian fare. Kebabs and biriyanis are house specialties, so they shouldn’t be ignored. Gosht sikh kebab, delicate fingers of minced lamb that fall apart at the merest prodding of a fork, is a must. Service is also a dream, with knowledgeable staff eager to make gentle recommendations. Finally, the last thing making Chutneys such a great venue is the price, which is exceedingly reasonable for food this good.By Time Out Dubai staff
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