Restaurant Review: Armani/Amal, Armani Dubai, Downtown Dubai

Classy Indian cuisine with clever twists in an amazing setting
Friday , 10 May 2013
Armani/Amal
Armani/Amal
Goan Jhinga, prawns simmered in a coconut and kokum curry
Goan Jhinga, prawns simmered in a coconut and kokum curry
Armani/Amal
Goan Jhinga, prawns simmered in a coconut and kokum curry

Location: Armani Hotel Dubai, Downtown Dubai
Tel: 04 888 3444
Web: www.armanihotels.com
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: Indian
Times: 7pm to 11pm, daily
Price : $$$

Chicken 65 is one of those deep-fried guilty pleasures that originated on the dusty streets of Chennai – a far cry from the uber-chic environs of Armani/Amal. Full marks, then, to chef Jitin Joshi for not only transporting the dish but serving it inventively by a bed of pachadi, a Southern Indian side-dish made with yoghurt.

Jitin’s version uses Granny Smith apples, and the fruit’s crunchy acidity provides a great foil for the chicken’s juicy richness. This flair for unusual foodie permutations is demonstrated again by the delicate softshelled pepper crab served with a vibrant beetroot chutney, lamb loin accompanied with the spicy potato filling found in a masala dosa, and the seared scallops in a sharp coconut onion sauce.

Amal scores high on classic Indian fare too – biryani in which the flavours of meat and spices infuse every single grain of rice; Goan prawn curry that’s all kinds of fiery, and dal as creamy as it should be. All this served with stunning views of the Dubai Fountain and the A-list hospitality you’d expect from the name. What’s not to love?

On the Menu
APPETISERS

Chicken 65, Dhs70
Seared scallops, wild mushroom and tangy coconut sauce, Dhs90

MAINS
Goan prawn curry, Dhs180
Gosht biryani, Dhs180

DESSERTS
Saffron and cardamom flavoured milk dumplings, Dhs50
Traditional carrot pudding with reduced milk and pistachio, Dhs50
Southern Indian side-dish made with yoghurt.