The glitzy new entry on the capital’s Indian dining scene
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Time Out Says

If there’s A problem in embracing the ‘quality over quantity’ approach is that you need to make absolutely sure you can make it work.
Abu Dhabi boasts some great fine dining eateries that manage to find the right balance between serving up a delicious feast and leaving its guests wanting more.

But, despite some undoubted high points, Namak, the glitzy new entry on the capital’s booming Indian restaurant scene, has some work to do before it can compete with the very best.

Indian celebrity chef Kunal Kapur’s new eatery in Dusit Thani opened to much fanfare. After all, the name comes with a big reputation back in his homeland, and the dishes on the menu sound pretty special.

We have high expectations but leave a little underwhelmed and a bit hungry. The KFC dish (Kerala Fried Chicken), gets us underway. It’s a cute idea, and while it certainly pops with more flavour than Colonel Sanders’ version, our portion is mostly crunchy batter with the chicken inside sorely lacking. The katifi fried prawns, on the other hand, are pretty much perfect. The starter is made up of delicious bites of well-flavoured prawns wrapped in crispy pastry. It’s probably the highlight of the entire meal.

We take a look around and take in the stylish décor. Namak is a great-looking restaurant, it’s just a shame there aren’t more people in it.
The service here is very attentive, so if someone asking how you’re doing every two minutes and rearranging cutlery is your thing, you’ll love it. For us, we’d prefer to be left to enjoy our meals. Maybe the staff are still getting to gribs with their roles.

The butter chicken is on the small side, which is disappointing as this is a dish that pretty much demands a big, hearty portion. The prawn moily curry, which comes with a side of rice, is beautiful, however. The flavours work together harmoniously to create a thoroughly brilliant dish.

Our first visit to Namak is hit and miss, then. Some dishes excel, others underwhelm. The venue is lovely, but the atmosphere isn’t quite there yet. There’s a few things to be ironed out but the promise is there, and we’re keen to see it evolve.

The glitzy new entry on the capital’s Indian dining scene

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Abu Dhabi, Al Ittihad, 925 Sultan Bin Zayed The First Street (Al Muroor Road) - أبو ظبي - United Arab Emirates

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