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Indian +971 4 706 0900 DIFC

If you’re after a romantic evening full of top-quality Indian food and views of the Burj Khalifa, then Mint Leaf of London should be top of your list. The dimly lit dining room has stylish décor and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a fantastic view all down Sheikh Zayed Road.

It’s the perfect setting for an evening out, whether you’re on a date or catching up with a group of friends, as the vibe is upbeat yet intimate.

One of the consistently high-quality Indian restaurants in the city, Mint Leaf has so far resisted the urge to join in with the molecular gastronomy crowd. And we like it all the more for that reason. Instead, what you get at Mint Leaf is a fine dining take on classic Indian flavours and ingredients.

If you’re a fan of curries then you won’t be disappointed, as at the heart of the restaurant’s menu are wonderfully fragrant and subtly-spiced dishes (including an excellent dhal makhani and sea bass mussalam) and grills (prawns roasted in Goan coconut sauce and tandoor lamb chops).

Everything looks and smells the part as it comes to the table, too. If you’re after a drink, the lounge and bar area is equally cool and moody. It also has a top ladies’ night  in the bar area.

The bottom line
All in all, a great place to spend an evening.

+971 4 308 0440 World Trade Center Area

If you are yet to visit Trèsind yet then you need to book a table right now. Taking home the gong in this category for the second consecutive year, this really is the best of the best when it comes to Indian dining in Dubai.

From start to finish the experience is surreal, inventive and interactive. The journey starts with a vase of dry ice on the table, setting an air of mystery and drama.

Most of the dishes here are cooked at your table by specialised chefs who talk you through the recipes and explain all the different ingredients used. With an extensive history behind the regions products come from, it’s quite the geography lesson, too.

It’s hard not to be nosy here as you’ll be looking at the table next to you to see what their chef is cooking, After you’ve been wowed by the showmanship, it’s time to be amazed by the taste. Everything is presented in the most impressive way. From pancakes hanging on what we can only assume is a washing line strung up over fake grass to amuse bouches on miniature tables, there’s no end to the creativity displayed here.

With dishes that look like works of art and taste delicious Trèsind wows in every way possible.

The bottom line
Don't miss this stunning Indian restaurant

Indian 04 455 1111 Jumeirah

Hailing from Mumbai, Khyber is the latest arrival to Dubai’s Indian fine-dining scene.

Set on the 15th floor of DUKES hotel on the Palm, Khyber’s traditional Indian cuisine comes with a side of panoramic views and authentic interiors (think vibrant paintings and intricate concrete pillars).

The focus here is primarily on authentic North Indian dishes. The menu (like the décor) mirrors that of the famous Mumbai restaurant, with favourites from the original all present and correct. Staff are eager and helpful, so on their advice (and with the promise that they will be different to what we expect), we opt for some of Khyber’s signature dishes.

They’re not wrong. A dish of butter chicken is as far removed as it could be from the overly sweet, bright red offering we so often see. It’s perfectly spiced (complete with a kick), rich without being sickly, and we love the tangy shards of grated ginger.

The paneer tikka is a massive portion, delightfully charred and delicately spiced, while a tender lamb seekh kebab packs quite the punch. Order wisely and you’ll leave pleasantly full, rather than feeling as though you need a lie down.

As much as we love some theatrics, a meal at Khyber is none the worse for being authentic and simple.

Food arrives in traditional metal dishes, not in plumes of dry ice, as is the trend in some Indian restaurants in the city. There’s a place for both and Khyber holds its own when it comes to taste.

The same sadly can’t be said for the atmosphere. As most places are during the summer, it’s quiet when we visit, but the shape of the room (it’s long and narrow) perhaps may never be conducive to an upbeat vibe. It’s also very brightly lit.

Go for the food, but not for a lively night out.

The Bill (for two)
1x seekh kebab Dhs90
1x paneer tikka Dhs70
1x dum murg Dhs110
1x butter chicken Dhs105
1x naan Dhs15
1x jeera rice Dhs25
1x large water Dhs20
Total (including service) Dhs435

The bottom line
Traditional dishes done well, but served in a setting lacking atmosphere

Indian +971 4 386 8111 Mankhool

Home-grown Indian restaurant Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor offers a pleasant dining experience in its Mankhool location. The property is rather confusing to enter, but, once there, the restaurant is smartly decorated and family-friendly. Plus, for the quality of food, the prices are very reasonable – for instance, a seven-course tasting menu will only set you back Dhs249 – and the dishes are creative and generously portioned. You’ll find sour cream foam, stone-flamed lamb chops and a compressed mango-melon salad, for example. It’s all expertly cooked, with well-balanced flavours, and particularly enjoyable. It might not be a restaurant you’d go out of the way for if you’re staying at the other end of town, but, if you’re in the area, it’s worth a visit for the inventive food, friendly team, good value dishes and more casual vibes.


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