An elegant new Indian restaurant
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Time Out Says

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Indian cuisine is its sheer variety.

We’re not just talking about the wide range of spices, pulses, vegetables and methods that are used to create the plethora of dishes either.

Great Indian food comes in all shapes, sizes, forms and settings. From a humble thali, dosa, samosa or roti that you can buy on the street to being served picturesque creations in high-end restaurants, Indian food really has all the bases covered.

While we’ll happily chomp away on some daal makhani that offers change from a Dhs10 note, there’s really nothing like getting dressed up and enjoying an Indian feast at a fancy restaurant.

And, when it comes to fancy, Emirates Palace stands head and shoulders above the rest. The latest culinary addition, Martabaan, has already gained a good reputation since opening earlier this summer.

The dining room is grand and opulent as you would expect but also comfortable with plush pillows filling welcoming booths scattered across the space.

Plus, getting to peer into the kitchen to see the tandoor ovens and chefs busy making fresh naan has only made us more excited to see what’s on offer.

While we read the menu we devour a selection of poppadoms and chutney. Just one more, and another and another. Gone.

We ask our charming server to recommend some dishes, after all we’ll eat almost anything, and what arrives at the table does not disappoint. To start we share the curry leaf scallops which are delicate, bathing in a rich tomato chutney and they quickly vanish.

The tandoor-fired paneer wali machi is wonderfully simple and we only wish there was more of it, but we’re just being greedy.

For the mains we fight over the bay prawns, a delightful mix of succulent seafood, tomato, chilli, pomegranate and peppers. It’s a star of a dish. That being said, the dum ki sunehari nalli, a slow-cooked lamb shank, is a work of art. The gravy is rich, the meat falling off the bone and the gold leaf-coated tomato is very pretty although, in truth, not really required on the plate.

Overall, the service is exceptional, the food exquisite and the setting... Well, does it get much better than the Emirates Palace? We don’t think so.

An elegant new Indian restaurant

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12 Sep 2019

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Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Akhdar, West Corniche Road - United Arab Emirates

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