Restaurant Review: Carnival by Tresind, Dubai

Celebrating Indian cuisine new and old, this fun establishment serves seriously good food
BySarah Hedley HymersThursday , 08 September 2016
Restaurant Review: Carnival by Tresind, Dubai
I’m eternally grateful to Carnival by Tresind. Last week I arrived there grumpy after a hard day at work and left a few hours later as happy as Larry (whoever he is). Everything at Carnival is designed to make patrons smile, from waiters blowing bubbles as a part of a welcome ritual to the quirky table decorations; I had an ornate lamb in ribbons on mine – perhaps I’ll call him Larry!
In restaurants where fun and happiness are the theme, I quickly become suspicious that the food may be a bit of a joke, too, but I was eating more than my words at Carnival. Every morsel on the 14-course tasting menu was a clever medley of flavours and textures, presented in an Instagram-worthy way. The makham phal, for example, comprised avocado and lime mousse dotted with rock salt on a delicate white cocoa butter hive, which looked like coral and began to melt on contact with my fingers. The salty chocolatey flavour mixed with the sharp citrus gave me a When Harry Met Sally moment. 
Signature Dish: La Tomatina Beverage Soup, Dhs58
Creating this clear tomato consomme is a time-consuming process, but the resulting concentrated tomato essence is worth it - every mouthful feels like mainlining nutrients and the flavour is so robust that it seems a substantial dish despite the lightness of the liquid. It comes chilled, in a bottle served on ice with a pizza-esque cheese and tomato bread stick on the side. Nom nom nom!
The 14-course tasting menu I tried was part of a special press preview. I hope they make this available to the public, as it was one of the best meals I’ve sampled in the UAE.
INFO: Burj Dama, DIFC, 052 242 4262, carnivalbytresind.com

Related Articles

One of Dubai's most exciting chefs is serving raclette with beef and Roquef
The region's most famous brunch returns following an interior makeover