If we’re talking about taking something and giving it a twist, then Trèsind does it better than anywhere else in this cuisine. It’s molecular gastronomy, Indian style. Another dual winner – having taken this award in 2017 as well – it’s interactive, and you’ll get to see the chefs make the food live at your table if you choose well. From the inventive and immaculate presentation, to the plumes of dry ice, it’s fun, it’s surreal but most importantly the food is just as crazily good as the experience.
Open daily noon-3pm; 7pm-11.30pm. Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0000).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Carnival by Trèsind
This quirky Indian eatery is always fun, and the food lives up to the vibe. Colourful interiors and interesting, creative dishes.
Open daily noon-3.30pm, 7pm-11.30pm. Burj Daman Building, DIFC (04 421 8665).
HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mint Leaf of London
Fine dining, with top views. This classy Indian restaurant has a cool vibe and amazing vistas across Downtown Dubai to Burj Khalifa. The curries are creative and delicious, too.
Open Sat-Sun, Tue-Wed noon-1am; Mon, Thu, Fri noon-2am. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
The food here is beautifully prepared, packed with flavour and in many cases offering an innovative touch on the traditional. As you might expect, the restaurant is just as sophisticated as the rest of the hotel.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 7pm-11pm. Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai (04 888 3666).
SHORTLISTED: Bombay Brasserie
Delicious and inventive Indian food. You can order course after course here and never get bored. You might get full, however.
Dhs350-500. Licensed. Open daily 12.30-3pm, 6pm-midnight. Taj Dubai, Business Bay (04 438 3100).
SHORTLISTED: Indego by Vineet
Indian celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia takes dishes we're familiar with and refines them.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily 7pm-midnight. Grosvenor House Dubai, Dubai Marina (04 399 8888).
SHORTLISTED: Jodhpur Royal Dining
A tasty selection of classics, updated with some modern, inventive twists.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily noon-4pm; 7pm-midnight, Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai (04 355 9846).
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.
Open daily 5pm-11pm. Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah (04 455 1111).
SHORTLISTED: Rang Mahal
Michelin-starred Indian chef Atul Kochhar serves elevated Indian cooking, using local ingredients where possible, in a stunning setting.
Dhs500+ Licensed. Open daily 6pm-11.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay (04 414 3000).
SHORTLISTED: Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
Modern Indian cooking featuring fusion twists. The dining room is pleasant and staff are great too.
Dhs500+. Licensed. Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Meliá Dubai, Bur Dubai (04 386 8111).