Indian cuisine is fragrant, multifaceted and spicy. Have you ever enjoyed the amazing taste of Indian rice or the burning curry? Yes, Indian cuisine hasn’t in vain won the hearts of many fans around the world, of course, especially those who like hot chili. By the way, many fans of Indian cuisine live in Dubai. Below you’ll find top restaurants, which will reveal unforgettable tastes of outstanding Indian food. So, the greatest Indian restaurants of Dubai are at your disposal…
Indian cuisine is unique and amazing. It’s full of explosive flavors, and its incredible piquancy adds new sensations. Undoubtedly, Dubai is a great destination to enjoy the cuisine of India and get unforgettable culinary memories. Don’t know how to get to your favorite Indian restaurant? Just book Dubai Airport car rental and find it in just half an hour!
Rang Mahal at JW Marriot Marquis
The kitchen of this restaurant is managed by Michelin chef Atul Kochhar, so be sure that you will enjoy the Indian dishes of the highest performance. Kochhar himself regularly comes to Rang Mahal to work, so the quality and atmosphere of the restaurant always remain excellent. When he is absent, the kitchen is ruled by equally talented Amrish Sood. His dishes are bold, the serving is amazing, and all experiments are successful. Rang Mahal is divided into two halls. The first hall is a lounge bar with red walls, romantic dim lighting, large comfortable sofas, pillows and dark wooden lacquered flooring – it looks like a kind of Indian-style boudoir.
The second room is Rang Mahal restaurant zone itself. It’s designed in the style of Rajasthan culture: massive carved pillars, statues of gods and huge frescoes with dancers. These interior details are perfectly combined with an open kitchen-theater.
First of all, go to the lounge and try local cocktails. All of them emphasize the Indian theme, but don’t be afraid to try them – alcohol only helps you acclimatize to spices. It’s recommended to order ISHQ cocktail – a light aperitif with sparkling wine, saffron and homemade jasmine tincture.
Atul Kochhar’s menu is unusual and tempting. Try a comprehensive menu consisting of several dishes, including sea bass in coconut sauce, a stewed lamb with masala and ice cream made of betel leaves. As for garnish, you’ll be offered with steamed rice, as well as naan and roti flatbreads.
Address: Sheikh Zayed Rd – Dubai
Hours: daily 6pm-11.30pm
Average bill: 600 AED for two persons
Junoon at Shangri La Dubai
The main chef of Junoon is Vikas Hanna – the lucky owner of two Michelin stars and…the place of honor in the rating of ‘100 Sexiest Men’ according to People magazine. The first restaurant of Vikas Hanna was opened in New York next to the Flatiron Building and has long earned an enviable reputation. However, in Dubai’s Junoon restaurant the food and atmosphere is not worse. It serves world-class Indian cuisine – but its curry can be a little spicier than usual.
Even a simple yellow lentil soup is extremely outstanding there, but it’s worth trying more complex dishes: for example, a tender and at the same time an acute malay-curry with shrimps. For dessert, you can order kulfi ice cream – not only for taste, but also for the show: a cook will approach your table and make several servings with different flavors by using liquid nitrogen.
The design of Junoon’s interior is cozy, but at the same time modern: soft light, purple and gold colors and polished mahogany floor. The tables stand at a decent distance from each other in the corners of the hall, but they are set around an open kitchen. The menu also includes a vegetarian program.
Address: Second Floor, Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Rd-Dubai
Hours: daily 12pm-3.30pm, 7pm-12am
Average bill: from 700 AED for two persons
NAYA at Jumeirah Beach Hotel
In Hindi, Naya means ‘new’. The menu was created by Pravsh Shetty. He was inspired by the classic authentic recipes of Northern India, which had been collected for many years by his family and friends in India.
Despite the abundance of gold in the interior, Naya is a cross between an elite restaurant and a democratic establishment with a relaxed home atmosphere where it’s nice to sit with friends. In the round hall there are shining golden columns and the ceiling is decorated with illuminated balls, but the atmosphere is still not too official anyway.
The signature dish of the chef is ‘Naya lamb chops masala’ marinated for 24 hours. They are so tender and juicy that they literally melt in your mouth. By the way, they are well combined with gorgeous saffron rice and naan flatbreads with butter, coconut and cheese. Also, it’s recommend to try Fish masala and one of the most ancient Indian desserts – Kheer. The chef prepares it in his own way, adding lychee for the special flavor.
Service is quick, and the prices are quite reasonable: main dishes start from 80 AED. In the city and even in this area there are many Indian restaurants, and many them are headed by eminent chefs. However, Naya restaurant is quite capable of competing with them. All the dishes are delicious, fresh and bright, and the charm of the chef, his benevolence and passion for the cuisine of North India will add pleasant memories to your evening.
Address: Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeira Road, Umm Suqeim 3 – Dubai
Hours: daily 6pm-11.30pm
Average bill: from 400 AED for two persons