The past 12 months have seen this exquisite experimental Indian-fusion restaurant soar to incredible heights. The food will catch you off guard with its inventiveness, the mixologists are some of the best in the business and sipping a sundowner on the terrace facing La Mer beach is a great pleasure.
Open Sat-Wed noon-midnight, Thu-Fri noon-1am. La Mer South, Jumeirah 1 (04 526 9365).
This humble Karama curry house proves that you don’t have to be flash and brash to stand out from the crowd. Here you’ll find one of the city’s best dishes – the crab thushar. It never fails to put a smile on our face.
Open daily 7am-12.30am. Karama (04 335 8700).
Carnival by Trèsind
From the waiters dressed as sailors to the bubble guns, the mixed drinks served in a flamingos to the Alice in Wonderland-style décor, fun is dished up by the bucket load in DIFC. And, the food is always exceptional as the kitchen meanders through meat, vegetarian and vegan menus.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Daman, DIFC (052 242 4262).
High-end design defines this expansive fine-dining Indian restaurant while an outside terrace offers stunning views of the Dubai Fountain. The menu is a mix of vegetarian and non-veggie set menus alongside the à la carte.
Open daily 7pm-11.30pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai, www.armanihoteldubai.com (04 888 3666).
One of the first Indian restaurants in Dubai, Ashiana, which means ‘beautiful home’, draws upon culinary traditions stretching from east to west India. A daily buffet offers a spread of Indian specialities for only Dhs95 per person.
Open Sun-Thu noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm; Fri-Sat 7pm-11pm. Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira, www.ashianadubai.com (04 207 1733).
Serving Indian classics in a sophisticated but vibrant interior with views of the Burj Khalifa, this dining experience promises drama and innovation with an open kitchen featuring a tandoor oven, oversized art and a botanical bar.
Open Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Fri 1pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight; Sat 12.3pm-4pm, 6pm-midnight. Taj Dubai, Business Bay, www.tajhotels.com (04 4383 222).
Little Miss India
Wooden ceiling fans and antique wooden doors dominate the setting, while the menu focuses on regional Indian flavours with a selection of sharing dishes. Watch naans being slapped into the tandoor in the display kitchen or sit back in a garden area, overlooking the beach.
Open daily 6pm-12.30am. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.fairmont.com (04 457 3457).
Mint Leaf of London
Dark slate and henna-inspired carved wooden interiors complement this most elegant setting gifting mesmerising views of Dubai and the Burj Khalifa where guests can relish authentic Indian cuisine with a contemporary twist.
Open Mon, Thu and Fri noon-2am; Tue, Wed, Sat and Sun noon-1am. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, www.mintleaf.ae (04 706 0900).
From hearty starters of lamb masala to shrimps dipped in Goan curry, Rang Mahal guarantees an exceptional Indian culinary adventure. Decked out with massive murals and epic pillars, booths are available for a private experience.
Open daily 6pm-11pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay, www.jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com (04 414 3000).
Celebrating the evolution of modern Indian cuisine, Trèsind offers an interactive dining experience – the chef will prepare your dish from scratch, right beside your table. Choose from a set lunch, à la carte or tasting menu.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.tresind.com (04 308 0440).