There’s no doubt the UAE and India have a strong bond.
So you would expect Indian Independence Day, on August 15 each year, to be celebrated in style in Abu Dhabi.
The country’s national day marks its independence from the United Kingdom, which took place on August 15 1947.
And it’s always a popular occasion in the UAE, with a large population of Indian expats choosing to call this wonderful country home.
To honour all things India, we’ve pulled together a list of five great Indian restaurants you can be sure of a great meal at.
There’s a reason why Indian eatery Biryani Pot continues to soar in popularity and that’s because it does amazing food. It’s that simple.
Located in The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island, this gorgeous restaurant is sure to be a great place for an authentic Indian meal on Independence Day.
It’s not all biryanis either (although they are absolutely delicious).
Their version of Butter Chicken, which appears to be one of Abu Dhabi’s favourite dishes, is well worth the visit alone.
Open Sat-Weds 11am-11pm, Thu-Fri 11am-12am. The Galleria Mall, Al Maryah Island (02 304 8343).
A relative newcomer to Abu Dhabi’s Indian restaurant scene, but one which we’re very impressed by already.
MYNT, in bustling Al Zahiyah, brings a cool décor and a chilled vibe together, along with a range of amazing dishes.
It boasts a menu packed with authentic Indian food, many served with a modern twist.
Take the Daab Chingri, for example, a delicious curry served in a coconut which will look great on your Instagram feed.
Open daily, 12pm-4pm, 7pm-12am. Salam Street, Abu Dhabi (02 666 6400).
You don’t need a reason to visit the beautiful Eastern Mangroves.
But if you did, then Peppermill would certainly be a good one.
The fine dining restaurant boasts gorgeous views and delicious food, which is a winning combination to us.
Open daily 11am-11.30pm. Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Al Salam Street (02 441 3582).
The Venetian Village is truly one of Abu Dhabi’s gems.
And within it lies another, the ever-popular Punjab Grill.
It boasts an uber-slick décor and is definitely somewhere you would take to impress friends or family.
But it doesn’t sacrifice style for substance as its menu is packed with gorgeous Indian dishes.
Open daily 12.30pm-12am. Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal (02 449 9839).
Our reigning Best Indian restaurant at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurant Awards.
And we crowned it so for good reason.
It’s one of the most innovative eateries in the capital and is a gorgeous setting to enjoy a nice meal.
From the signature spicy tuna chur-muri to the quinoa salad with barley and delicious imli glazed chicken, there’s plenty of great selections to feast on.
We could go on, but we want you to be pleasantly surprised.
Open Sun-Weds 12pm-1am, Thu-Sat 12pm-2am. The Hub at The Mall, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Al Markaziya (02 672 8888).