Hot New Launch: Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra
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Hot New Launch: Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra

The iconic Jiggs Kalra launched his signature restaurant Masala Library in Dubai recently. Here is why it is a must-visit

It has been one of the most exciting announcements in the Indian culinary scene in Dubai – the launch of Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra at the world’s tallest 5-star hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. 

Masala Library is the magnum-opus of Jiggs Kalra, often called the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’ and ‘Taste Maker to the Indian Nation’.  Keeping in tune with his food philosophy, the restaurant will focus on reviving traditional recipes from across ancient India presenting them in a unique manner. This entails showcasing cuisines from key provinces with each dish representing our rich cultural heritage. The exciting new addition will be located on the 4th floor and will consist of a premium dining area, a trendy bar area serving redefined Indian tapas dishes, along with a unique cocktail selection utilizing some cutting-edge techniques. Simply put, be prepared for an incomparable gastronomic voyage.

What’s the Menu Like?

The cuisine is a synthesis of over four decades of research and exploration across various Indian kitchens by Mr. Jiggs Kalra himself. It revolves around showcasing the diversity of traditional Indian fare, in a progressive way. The dishes are presented in a contemporary manner, with vibrant colours and a captivating blend of flavours. With an emphasis on using the freshest ingredients, together with carefully balanced spices and modern culinary techniques, the dishes are prepared from recipes originating from all across India including street food. To retain authenticity, Jiggs Kalra collaborated with some renowned artisans in the field from each region, ensuring every dish is meticulously prepared by using traditional methods. Additionally, the vast menu also offers a separate, specifically designed vegetarian offering, giving patrons another reason to rejoice.

Masala Library and Molecular Gastronomy 

Incorporating molecular gastronomy as an integral part of its menu is one of the ethos of Masala Library. While the focus will always be on taste and authenticity, various aspects of molecular gastronomy have been used to enhance the overall experience, elevating the dishes’ flavour and visual appeal while also introducing an element of surprise. The restaurant’s signature 12-course Degustation Menu is a must-try, involving sampling small portions of all essential dishes, accompanied by grape pairing. Some signature dishes include Quail Recheado, Grilled Palm Hearts, Ashen Kulfi and Radhuni Sea Bass with Pui Saag.


A pioneering food columnist, author and food consultant, Jiggs Kalra is one of the most respected and admired names in the Indian culinary scene. In a career spanning close to five decades, he has been instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to an international audience. Throughout his journey he has revived lost cuisines as well as cooking styles. Credited with establishing some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants in India, Mr. Kalra has won numerous awards and accolades and was recently welcomed into the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame (the first Asian to be inducted into this highly prestigious society).


The Founder and Managing Director at Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd,  the dynamic Zorawar Kalra is one of the youngest and most successful restaurateurs of India. Zorawar Kalra reinvents Indian cuisine with his strong business acumen and penchant for perfecting molecular gastronomy with India’s spice and flavour. He has been a judge on MasterChef India Season 5 and has himself garnered several accolades and awards. He has been recognized amongst the 50 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ India (three times); GQ Man of the Year – Restaurateur of 2017; Economic Times 40 Under 40; Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow; Restaurateur of the Year Award, 2014 & 2017 and many more. Within its first year of operations Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. won over 19 awards. The group now has more than 26 venues within 9 brands, spreading across eight countries, including Farzi Café in Dubai and now opening in London, as well as more cities in the Middle East and Asia.

INFO: Opening hours: Restaurant: Daily from 6pm until 11.30pm Bar: Daily from 6pm until 1am; JW Marriott Marquis Dubai