From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011Armani/Amal is not only unlike anything in the designer hotel, it’s also unlike anything in Dubai. Diners will be asked by one of the Armani chaperones if you’d like to sit for a couple of minutes in the pre-dinner lounge and listen to some live sitar music. It is perhaps the best presentation of live music we’ve ever seen in an Indian restaurant. Moving onto the food, mains like sea bass moilee is perfectly cooked and well spiced (but there was far too little of the gravy for our liking).
A braised lamb shank in Hyderabadi curry is tangy and the meat is cooked to perfection but the kitchen played it safe with the usual Indian bouquet of spices being absent. This dish, like many on the menu, doesn’t represent the culture so much as nod meekly to it. Armani/Amal is comforting and stunning and the food is technically, beautifully prepared. But the dishes taste too tempered for our liking. We don’t demand tongue-tingling spice, but some more nuanced seasoning could have give the meal (and the restaurant) more character and made it something truly exceptional, as opposed to something merely very nice and supremely endearing.