The best thing about eating Indian cuisine is sharing dishes in the middle of the table, so you get to sample a bit of everything. It is even more desired when the menu is created by one of the best Indian chefs in the Gulf, Sanjeev Kapoor.
But during Iftar and Suhoor at Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, you won’t even have to share, there is so much of everything.
I taste-tested the upcoming Ramadan menu during a preview at The Melia Hotel Dubai and unsurprisingly walked away still wanting to devour more naan and black dhal but already well over-fed!
Most of the traditional favourite Indian dishes are on the menu, but don’t expect oil and grease – this is clean, clearly-flavoured food. As with all Indian restaurants, there is a marked attention to vegetarians, with about half of the dishes suitable, while there is also heavy use of barbeque grill, providing a nice balance with the saucier dishes.
Starters include kale channa ki galouti (kidney bean patties), tilnaz paneer (cheese), Kolhapuri prawns, Mathania chicken and cocktail Punjabi samosa with tamarind chutney.
The mains took their flavours from all over India. Ten dishes in total, covering all the meats, paneer and biryani, were accompanied by steamed rice and, of course, naan bread.
My favourites were the creamy lalla mussa dal, the Bagharay baingan (a popular Indian eggplant curry) and the paanch phoron fish curry.
I usually find biryani lacking in flavour but Kapoor’s Hyrabadi gosht (meat) biryani was full of it. I was similarly impressed by the butter chicken, another dish I don’t usually choose, but I found myself wanting more of at Signature.
The evening is rounded off with a bit of fun – pots of rose oil vapour adding to the enchantment of the tiered desert platter, featuring a mix of Indian and Arabic deserts including umali, baklava, mahalabia, motichoor ladoo and mango chena angoori.
The restaurant’s outdoor terrace also offers shisha until the early hours of the morning.
Where: Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, The Melia Hotel Dubai
Address: 23 Kuwait Street, Port Rashid.
Price: AED220 per person including Ramadan beverages
Source: Arabian Business