It’s a difficult task. In a land of 200 nationalities, 9000 plus restaurants and a zillion dining options, to pick a few specialties whose taste lingers long after you walk out of the restaurant, is akin to seeking the proverbial needle in a huge haystack. Yet, blogger John Thomas tries to do the impossible and here is his curated list – absolutely must-try dishes in no particular order or category. Bon appetite!
TANDOORI MIX GRILL AT MAHEC BY SATISH ARORA
After serving the likes of Bill Clinton, Margret Thatcher, Queen Elizabeth etc., legendary chef Satish Arora shares some of his magical recipes in a scintillating menu of sorts at Mahec By Satish Arora.
The Tandoori Mix Grill here is an absolute must try which presents a decadent selection of gourmet dishes prepared with rich Indian home-ground spices. The platter includes luscious Lamb Sheekh Kebab, Malai Chicken, Murg Hawa Mahal & Fish Charmula – a gulf special hammour dish preparation with exotic spices. The platter comes accompanied with mini Garlic Naan. Some of these items have been served to the royalty, globally. Now you can get to taste these exquisite items at Mahec By Satish Arora, Le Meridien Dubai.
WHERE: Mahec By Satish Arora, Le Meridien Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Du
COST: Non veg - Dhs 135 and Veg 105
BB SAMUDRA MANTHAN AT BOMBAY BRASSERIE, TAJ DUBAI
Samudra Manthan platter at Bombay Brasserie presents the very best from the ocean, prepared in culinary finesse and presented in great elegance. The platter is an absolute must-try and includes mouth-watering Cochin Lobster Curry, luscious Kagaz Wali Machi, savoury Jhinga Allepey Curry and flavor-intense Prawn Biryani. Dal Tadka, Tandoori breads, Basmati and Raita are also served with this platter. Wash down the savory indulgence with some equally delectable Angoori Rasmalai. Bombay Brasserie is undoubtedly one of Dubai’s best Indian fine dining restaurant to experience the authentic Indian hospitality and food culture and relish some of the best culinary treats from India.
WHERE: Bombay Brasserie, Taj Hotel, Downtown Dubai
COST: Dhs 495
PAD THAI NOODLES AT BENJARONG, DUSIT THANI HOTEL
Relish the traditional taste of flavorful Pad Thai Noodles at Benjarong – the award-winning Thai restaurant at Dusit Thani Hotel. The wonderfully aromatic stir fry noodle comes garnished with tofu, bean sprouts, fine-ground peanuts and tangy tamarind sauce. One plate of this delightful rice noodles will transport you straight to the food lanes of Bangkok right away. The Pad Thai noodles flaunts the vibrance of royal Thai cuisine. Enjoy it in the regal milieu atop the iconic Dusit Thani Hotel.
WHERE: Benjarong restaurant, Dusit Thani Hotel, Dubai
COST: Vegetables and egg : Dhs 65, Chicken: Dhs 76 prawn : Dhs 86
FILETTO DI SALMONE AT DA VINCI’S ITALIAN RESTAURANT
If you love salmon and Italian cuisine in general, then Filetto di Salmone at Da Vinci’s Italian restaurant is great! The fresh herb-crusted and baked salmon dish comes garnished with sautéed asparagus, roasted turned potatoes and peppy citrus sauce - all making for an awesome and authentically Italian delicacy. It is one of the most delicious salmon dishes you will ever taste anywhere in Dubai. Da Vinci's is considered one of the best Italian restaurants in Dubai and the food there is as authentic as it gets.
WHERE: Da Vinci’s Italian Restaurant, Millennium Airport Hotel, Garhoud, Dubai
COST: Dhs 105+5% VAT
KOREAN BEEF SHORT RIBS AT MISS WANG
This unassuming little Asian-inspired restaurant in the less glamorous side of town serves arguable one of the best Korean Short Ribs in Dubai! The totally-outta-the-world ribs are slow cooked to perfection. Perfect enough to make it as smooth and velvety as cheese that could be diced through with the lightest stroke of the knife. The dish is extremely luscious and comes dressed in a sweet-brown sauce with enough punch to tantalize your taste buds. This is a highly recommended dish for beef lovers.
WHERE: Miss Wang, Majestic Hotel Tower Dubai, Mankhool, Dubai
COST: Dhs 79
BLACK PEPPER CRAB AT HOOK & COOK RESTAURANT
Hook & Cook- a seafood restaurant in Dubai Sustainable City serves one of the best pepper crabs in town. Smothered in a fiery pepper sauce the juicy pepper crabs are served along with rice and boiled corn on side. H&K’s pepper crabs are probably the best rendition of the ever-popular and legendary Singapore Pepper Crab done tastefully and differently. The generous portions are good enough for two to share and this comes at a price that won’t blow a hole in your pocket. The restaurant thoughtfully provides aprons and disposable gloves, so guests can enjoy their indulgence without worrying about the mess. If you are looking for the most typical and enjoyable Pepper Crab then this is where you need to head!
WHERE: Hook & Cook, Shop 5, The Sustainable City, Arabian Ranches, Dubai
COST: Dhs 88
COD FISH BIRYANI AT PEPPERMILL RESTAURANT
This Kerala style biryani at Peppermill Restaurant is a flavorsome affair peppered with exquisite Indian herbs and spices. Add to that delicious nibbles of luscious COD fish and you have a delicacy that is sure to win your heart and placate your taste buds, of course! This smorgasbord of flavors in one single dish only gets enhanced by the fact that it is served from a bamboo shoot. Prepared with small grain rice this lunch or dinner bliss is something that you don’t want to miss! The best part is that despite the overload of condiments, this just doesn’t leave you feeling heavy on your stomach, or on your wallet!
WHERE: Peppermill Restaurant, 2nd Floor, The Dubai Mall Downtown Dubai
COST: Dhs 65