Zoya by Maui

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Time Out Says

If you’re familiar with Sofitel Dubai The Palm, then you’ll most likely have had a bite to eat at beach bar Maui. Set just by the pool and up from the beach, the casual dining spot serves up burgers, salads and the like for lunch. However, the restaurant has had a recent makeover, and by night now transforms by Zoya by Maui – a speciality Indian restaurant.

The setting is pretty, all holiday feels, and it’s a wise plan of the hotel to offer more dining options for the in-house guests. The sea views and relaxed feel make for a laid-back meal, while there’s a sitar player adding to the vibe.

Dishes on the menu span the continent from Goa to Kerala and further north. The achari paneer tikka is a massive portion, with garlicky grilled cheese. It could do with a few more chunks of pepper to accompany it, but the presentation is cool – served over a mini grill at the table. The cumin-scented corn and potato cakes are also tasty little spheres, enhanced by a slosh of minty cool dip.

Mains don’t fare so well – the Goan prawn curry is watery and weak, while the chicken korma is bland, so it’s a bit hit and miss.

Are you going to venture here if you’re not staying at the hotel? Probably not, as there are better Indian restaurants out there, but stronger mains would give this new spot more of a boost.


For all those holiday feels

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 26 Dec 2019

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