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OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor Deira Opens

(01/15/2013)

The award-winning restaurant, OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor, opened it’s second restaurant very recently in The Mövenpick Hotel Deira. I am yet to recover (below left) from talking to Sanjeev Kapoor - the Chef extraordinaire, the Entrepreneur, the TV Host, the Author and an absolutely down to earth and one of the most humble celebrities that I have come across. My last post talks all about the candid, one-to-one interview that I had with him. I had also promised my readers that 2 couples will win Romantic Dinner Invites from this newly opened restaurant – so do hang on till the last paragraph of the post and please do the needful – there’s no need to know Rocket Science, I assure you! Or if you don’t want to hang on and enter the contest right away, then here’s your chance.

The Official Opening

Apart from boasting of a LIVE cooking kitchen in the middle of the restaurant, it also boasts of having Akshada Parab as the Executive Chef, probably one of the very few lady Executive Chefs in Indian fine-dining restaurants in the world (and definitely Dubai’s first!). The feminine touch is meant to bring back a whole lot of nostalgia related to Mummy’s cooking, as one waits in anticipation for the food. All this amidst a lot of aroma drifting out of the central cooking area accompanied by the background score of sizzling and tadka!

OPTIONS by Sanjeev Kapoor, DWTC has just won the Masala Award for the Best Asian Restaurant. Quite naturally, the expectation from OPTIONS By Sanjeev Kapoor Deira is very high. As Mr Md. Sayed Hussain, the Chairman, told me – ‘When you are dining in theDeira restaurant you shouldn’t feel that anything is less than the one in DWTC. The decor, the service, the food – everything should be at par. In-fact, the diners should feel that yes, they are indeed eating in the same award-winning restaurant as OPTIONS in DWTC (yes, the one where I had attended RannaGhar, the Bengali Food Festival).’

It was lovely to see the camaraderie between Mr Hussain and Sanjeev Kapoor – apparently their relationships go back many decades when they were both living in London. Their wave-lengths seem to match perfectly and apparently ‘they would pick on the same things simultaneously’! I was really interested in knowing from Mr Hussain how does OPTIONS restaurants re-invent themselves while maintaining their unique identity, when a new restaurant opens up every minute in a city like Dubai and the general trend is to always visit some new restaurant every time? Different promotions and innovations are still probably the best bait, I was told, while making sure that certain exclusivity is maintained in designing the menu.

A LIVE cooking kitchen in an Indian restaurant is quite a challenge with a whole lot of smoke from the sizzling and the Tadka but the restaurant has made adequate arrangement with their exhaust systems. In fact, I felt that the entire experience was pretty much like a 4-D experience – we could see the food, smell the food, taste the food and hear the sizzle while it was being cooked!

Live Kitchen-Options

Adjacent to the Restaurant is The Fashion Lounge – equipped with a huge projection screen and fully stacked bar… a bit of lounging and chit-chat with your friends before you go inside the chandelier-lit restaurant for a formal dinner. I think the location of the new restaurant is going to be it’s USP – there are many diners in Deira but there are not too many fine-dining options.

2 couples can win invites to the newly opened restaurant. Friends on referral who join the contestmust mention you (referrals could get you an extra point though!). The Contest closes next Sunday, 20th January, 2103. Chandi Kaliya, Shaam Savera, Murgh Makhani/Butter Chicken, Methi Chaman, Kaache Gosht ki Biriyani… are just some of the signature dishes that you can taste in this newly opened restaurant, cooked in a LIVE cooking section in the middle of the restaurant. Specially crafted by the MasterChef, Sanjeev Kapoor himself!

Source: Culinary Travel Blog by Ishita Saha

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MasterChef Sanjeev Kapoor

Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is the most celebrated face of Indian cuisine. He is Chef extraordinaire, runs a successful TV Channel FoodFood, hosted Khana Khazana cookery show on television for more than 17 years, author of 150+ best selling cookbooks, restaurateur and winner of several culinary awards. He is living his dream of making Indian cuisine the number one in the world and empowering women through power of cooking to become self sufficient. His recipe portal www.sanjeevkapoor.com is a complete cookery manual with a compendium of more than 10,000 tried & tested recipes, videos, articles, tips & trivia and a wealth of information on the art and craft of cooking in both English and Hindi.