New north Indian restaurant in Dubai

New afternoon tea, brunches and yet more truffle options

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Let’s start the week where we finished last time, with news of more new openings. While last week was dominated by cafés, this week is decidedly Indian. At the time of writing, one particular venue has been open for just four days. Located in TECOM, 25 Degrees North is a new restaurant specialising in northern Indian cooking, with an emphasis on authenticity. The menu features a mix of curries and grills: grilled items are prepared in a traditional tandoor oven, and diners can watch the chefs preparing these specialities in the open kitchen. The decor has a modern, unique feel, featuring hand-carved stone reliefs of famous monuments from Delhi’s colonial past, built by the Moguls and the British. Replicas of landmarks from the owner’s home town include war memorial India Gate and the Unesco-protected Qutb Minar.

Not quite as new, but also unveiled in recent months, is Pind da Dhaba in Karama. The name means ‘village restaurant’ and the decor reflects this, with quirky features amid the colourful setup: there’s a hand pump for drawing water, plus kites and a giant bullock cart (not something you see every day in Dubai). The restaurant’s dining concept is simple and affordable cooking.

Also opened in Karama is Goa Coastal Curries, another venue specialising in regional Indian cooking. The decor aims to recreate the beach vibe of this southern Indian state, with whitewashed walls, plus numerous candles and Portuguese-style lamps.

Not into Indian food? How about one of Dubai’s other culinary favourites – brunch? New events to try include the ‘Asian brunchini’ recently launched at Dunes Café at the Shangri-La Hotel, which offers a selection of Indonesian, Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese dishes, as well as Asian mixed drinks. There’s also a new Saturday brunch at Luciano’s in the Habtoor Grand Beach Resort & Spa: this al-fresco poolside event offers Italian classics including antipasti, pasta and pizzas.

Still not satisfied? We’ve also heard about a new afternoon tea at Jones the Grocer. It is available daily from 3pm and offers a traditional selection including finger sandwiches, fresh scones (with Jones’ signature triple berry jam), mini pastries and Earl Grey chocolate truffles.

Finally, after several truffle-stuffed weeks, we can report that this high-end ingredient continues to pop up on limited-edition menus across Dubai. Current specials are on offer at Prego’s at the Media Rotana and Nais Italian Kitchen in JLT. Until next week, bon appétit!

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