Dish of the week: Omnia Baharat

Spice things up with a prawn biryani from Omnia Baharat

Never one to shy away from a challenge, chef Silvena Rowe has taken her menu at Omnia Baharat in Mall of the Emirates and completely revamped it. While there is still a selection of the Middle Eastern favourites Rowe is known for, the venue is now more focused on its Indian Kitchen menu, filled with dishes that all come in under Dhs49.

The reason for the volte-face? To give the people what they want, says the chef. “People want something they can eat quickly, to refuel during a shopping spree or a quick bite before the cinema,” Rowe says as we chat while tasting some of the new dishes. “Everything on the menu still has that Omnia style – using local ingredients in the healthiest possible ways. Spices are ground in-house, it is all cooked fresh, never from frozen, and is great value.

The average meal will cost about Dhs70 per person.”

The menu is split into small plates (Dhs15), biryanis (Dhs49), grills (Dhs49), curry (Dhs39), extras (Dhs11) and breakfasts (Dhs39), putting it on a par price-wise with food court offerings in the mall.

The chicken tikka sliders are fun and perfectly cooked and spiced, the prawn masala curry is rich and full of flavour, but the aromatic prawn biryani is the perfect example of what Omnia Indian Kitchen is all about. The portion is huge (all dishes are) and makes the low price even better value. The flavour combinations are spot on and the ingredients are clearly top quality.

It appears with her latest project, Rowe has risen to the challenge again.

Dhs49. Omnia Baharat, Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha (04 265 1848).

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