Michelin-starred Chef Vineet Bhatia has a brand-new restaurant, and Time Out Dubai's been along to have a sneak peek.
Indya by Vineet is launching next week (Tuesday January 22) at Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa.
Chef Vineet Bhatia, who was born in Mumbai, was the first Indian chef to have a restaurant receive a Michelin star, and has opened more than 25 restaurants.
“Indya is an opportunity to have fun with Indian food, to challenge perceptions and introduce new ingredients to age-old dishes,” said chef Vineet. “You could liken it to an expression of my roots and respectfully breathing new life into the food I grew up with”.
Indya by Vineet promises to serve “diverse regional food in an unpretentious environment”. There will be more than 70 dishes on the “experimental” menu, showcasing food from East and West.
Dishes start at Dhs40 and the menu will be grouped in four sections - from the earth, from the land, from the sea and from the Halwai (sweets), so no starter, main and pudding format.
Dishes include charcoal amritsari fish pakoda with turmeric raita and the daulat aunty’s mutton dhansak, with parsi brown rice.
The restaurant will seat up to 90 diners, and there will be an outdoor terrace, too, as well as a mixed drinks bar, and will be where Italian restaurant Ossigeno used to be. The restaurant is very vibrant and colourful, with rattan chairs and bright murals on the wall.
Here in Dubai he already has a restaurant – Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai in Dubai Marina.
It's the second new restaurant for the hotel, as Italian restaurant La Strega opened in December.
The restaurants join Maya, Zengo, Geales, Brasserie 2.0 and Rhodes Twenty10.
Opening Jan 22. Le Royal Méridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina, www.indya-dubai.com.