Dish of the week: Mutton Khyber Raan

We check out the menu at new Mumbai export Khyber on Palm Jumeirah

Indian cuisine is undoubtedly well up on Dubai’s favourites list. From budget eats to high-end restaurants, we’ve a whole host to choose from. And now Khyber, which has a well-known sister in Mumbai, is one to add to that ever-increasing roll call.

Set on the 15th floor of DUKES Dubai, Khyber’s traditional Indian cooking comes with an excellent view over to the Marina and Ain Dubai, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. It opened just a fortnight ago (July 25), as the team’s first venture outside India and the décor mirrors that of the famous Mumbai outlet, as does the menu.

The focus is primarily on authentic North Indian dishes, the most exciting in our eyes being the mutton Khyber raan. It’s a best-seller on the menu at the original Indian restaurant and is a decadant dish for two, coming in at Dhs225.

“The lamb is slow-cooked overnight in an aromatic water containing green and black cardamom, cinnamon, bay leaves and Kashmiri chilli paste,” executive chef Martin Cahill tells Time Out Dubai.

“The following day, the lamb is finished over the charcoal tandoor for several hours. The tender meat is then removed from the bone and folded through a signature gravy.

“This dish has been on the Khyber Mumbai menu for many decades and truly showcases the best of North Indian cuisine, which we are now very fortunate to be able to offer in Dubai.”

There are plenty of more familiar options on the menu, too (think butter chicken, paneer makhani and kebab platters) as well as an impressive nine different types of bread. Plenty to tear and share with pals, then.
Open daily 5pm-11pm. DUKES Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, www.dukesdubai.com (04 455 1111).

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