First Look: Little Miss India

New Indian restaurant opens at Fairmont The Palm

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With vibrant, fun and eclectic décor, exciting new venue Little Miss India is certain to launch with some fanfare when it opens on the Palm Jumeirah next week.

The brand-new restaurant at Fairmont The Palm opens its doors to the public on Thursday November 2, and Time Out Dubai had an exclusive look behind the scenes ahead of its opening.

Named after fictional character Mohini Singh, Little Miss India is designed to take diners on a “journey through her worldly travels, amazing achievements and an eccentric menu”.

“This quirky concept fuses a vibrant and colonial restaurant, lounge bar to tell a personal story, allowing guests to explore the incredible quality, history and diversity of Indian cuisine,” says the team behind it.

The character comes from a family of wealthy spice traders, and from her travels she’s brought back trinkets and dishes, all of which are on display in the décor and menu.

The restaurant boasts colourful interiors and a sweeping outdoor terrace. The centrepiece is a “Tribal Art Taxi”, that marks the entrance to the restaurant - one of the heavily painted trucks frequently seen in south Asia.

Inside is an elegant glasshouse framed by white French windows, beautiful chandeliers and layered plants, with glass doors leading to a private courtyard for al fresco dining.

The dining room has antique wooden doors, vibrant artwork and polished brass walls, plus an open kitchen. There’s also a lounge bar area where Little Miss India’s resident DJ will mix casual-cool tunes daily from 10pm until 1am.

Dishes available at the restaurant sound delicious and focus on regional Indian flavours. The emphasis is on sharing dishes.

Signature dishes include tandoori raan, dum biryani, lamb rogan josh, butter chicken, spicy shrimp curry with chilli, tamarind and coconut and cauliflower stir-fried with ginger, turmeric and cumin. There are also a range of kebabs from the charcoal tandoor and a selection of tradition desserts including pistachio kulfi and a coconut crème brûlée.

Little Miss India is the latest in a string of Indian eateries popping up on the Palm, following the opening of Khyber at DUKES just next door, and, more recently, Arjee Bhajee across at the Shoreline Residences.

We can’t wait to try it.

Open daily 5pm-1am (food served from 6.30pm). Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah (04 457 3388).

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