It’s the flagship spice emporium at swish Taj hotels all over the world; a favourite spot for celebrations, milestones and A-List sightings – from Tom Cruise to Elizabeth Hurley. But that is precisely why any tinkering with the tried and tested menu of stalwarts at this upmarket haunt is such a tricky endeavour. Luckily, the team at the Dubai outpost have succeeded in enhancing an already strong offering, with a set of 15 new dishes that’ll delight even the most ardent of fans of the traditional menu.
Flavours are familiar – yet they’ve delved into different cooking techniques, both old and new, to give a twist to dishes. Biryani is encased in banana leaves and served in the bamboo bark it was cooked over charcoal in, reviving an ancient method used by tribes.
Samosas are plated in their original incarnation alongside a deconstructed version, whilst rich lamb curry is presented in pickling jars and kale kebabs stuffed with cheese work surprisingly well when paired with their chutneys. A variety of kulfi – sweet, frozen milk desserts in unusual flavours like rose, chilli and gulab jaman – offer up an Insta-friendly, brilliantly visual moment as they come perched in a lovely Aladdin-style lamp.
A mention must go to the service; the team can explain every dish flawlessly. Plus, the setting is stunning, with colourful Indian murals flanking an open kitchen – solo diners might want to take a pew overlooking the action – and twinkling Downtown Dubai lights.
INFO: Fourth floor, Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Street, Business Bay, Dubai, Tel: +9714 438 3222, tajhotels.com, @bombaybrasseriedubai