Restaurant Review: MAHEC, Meridien Village, Le Meridien Hotel

Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine for the experimental Indian foodie
Tuesday , 08 May 2012
MAHEC's offerings are packed with a flavourful punch
MAHEC's offerings are packed with a flavourful punch

Location: Meridien Village, Le Meridien Hotel, Dubai
Tel: 04 702 2615
Dress code: Smart-casual
Cuisine: Indian
Times: 12.30pm to 3.30pm and 7pm to midnight, daily
Price Range: $$$

Fond as we are of fusion where Indian cuisine is a major player, the purist in us often balks at some of the offerings made in the name of culinary marriage. And then along comes MAHEC (Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine). Chef Bharath S Bhat’s creations aren’t gimmicky or outrageous, what they are is packed with the kind of flavourful punch that makes people return for seconds and thirds and fourths.

Consider the spice crusted sea bream that’s served atop spinach khichdi (cooked with a salute to risotto), accompanied by a curvy shaving of aged parmesan. Drizzle raw mango-coconut-mustard sauce over it and take a bite – equal parts spicy, saucy and heavenly.

The playful inventiveness really comes into its own on the dessert menu, which is entirely eggless (yes, really!) to make life sweeter for vegetarians. Sample the pleasures of the chocolate surprise (a dome filled with thandai epsuma) and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

You’ll also get an education in Punjabi pop while you’re there  – they do play a lot of it, with a side of Justin Bieber’s Baby. Brave the music, the food’s worth it!

On the Menu

Green lentil and raw mango soup, Dhs28
Chermoula prawns, Dhs55

Spice crusted sea bream, Dhs95
Tandoori cheese lobster, Dhs130

Shahi tukra, Dhs30
Methe samose, Dhs34

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