Things to do in Dubai for Diwali 2015
The festival of Diwali falls November 11 so we’ve rounded up of the great foodie deals going on in Dubai to help you celebrate
Celebrated in India on November 13, the Festival of Light is the day on which Indians of all ages, languages, states and sects usher prosperity into their homes and businesses.
If you’re after a romantic evening full of top-quality Indian food and views of the Burj Khalifa, then Mint Leaf of London should be top of your list. The dimly lit dining room has stylish décor and floor-to-ceiling windows, offering a fantastic view all down Sheikh Zayed Road.
It’s the perfect setting for an evening out, whether you’re on a date or catching up with a group of friends, as the vibe is upbeat yet intimate.
One of the consistently high-quality Indian restaurants in the city, Mint Leaf has so far resisted the urge to join in with the molecular gastronomy crowd. And we like it all the more for that reason. Instead, what you get at Mint Leaf is a fine dining take on classic Indian flavours and ingredients.
If you’re a fan of curries then you won’t be disappointed, as at the heart of the restaurant’s menu are wonderfully fragrant and subtly-spiced dishes (including an excellent dhal makhani and sea bass mussalam) and grills (prawns roasted in Goan coconut sauce and tandoor lamb chops).
Everything looks and smells the part as it comes to the table, too. If you’re after a drink, the lounge and bar area is equally cool and moody. It also has a top ladies’ night in the bar area.
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All in all, a great place to spend an evening.
With bright colours adorning a spacious, circular room, Naya is a pretty restaurant often frequented by parents with kids (as one would expect from the very family-friendly Jumeirah Beach Hotel). If you’re not dining with your offspring and you can overlook the inevitable din that comes with being surrounded by numerous little ones, then you’ll find that the food at Naya is outstanding. With every dish, it’s clear that a lot of care, thought and preparation has gone into its creation. The dhal makhani is subtly flavoured and beautifully buttery; the prawn bhuna is perfectly cooked and smothered with a complex sauce that has a good kick. Even the soft, fluffy chilli garlic naan is wonderfully memorable. By the time you’re finished, you’ll be so entranced by the food that any wailing children in the restaurant won’t even register.
Situated just beyond the impressively ornate lobby of The Mövenpick Ibn Battuta Gate hotel, Chor Bazaar is pegged an upmarket Indian restaurant with a lively open kitchen showcasing three traditional tandoor ovens at the centre and friendly, attentive staff. It’s surprisingly lacking in clientele, however, even during the weekend, but it doesn’t detract from the stellar dining experience. We recommend the chokwa halli tikki – shallow fried potato with chickpeas and yoghurt – to start, as it bursts with flavour, boasts a kick and the mint chutney is so good we tend to order more to accompany our main courses. Meanwhile, the gorgeously spiced chicken biryani is served in a hot claypot and covered by freshly baked bread – it’s a winner. Chor Bazaar is a little on the pricey side, but the service is excellent, the setting smart and the menu faithful to its colourful Mumbai heritage, leaving any patron certain of a return visit.
Taking inspiration from the Pondicherry region, a former French colony in the south of India, La Porte Des Indes serves up something different to the other Indian restaurants around town. Here, you can try a contemporary taste of India with a touch of France thrown in. The combination results in exciting flavour combinations such as tandoori foie gras served with honey naan, and duck breast in a tamarind sauce. The restaurant’s ambience is more like a bar, illuminated with neon lights and a stunning crystal light installation hanging over the centre of the dining room. If you’re not looking for a full-on dining experience, take a seat in the bar area, with low seating that is perfect for small plates and mixed beverages. The knowledgeable staff are at ease making recommendations, and every dish arrives perfectly presented. All in all, this is a stylish dining experience, which goes someway to making up for what it sometimes lacks in atmosphere.
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