The heat is on in Abu Dhabi’s garden city
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You won’t find many high-end Indian eateries in Al Ain, but Tanjore offers decent food in a colourful, rustic setting at the Danat hotel. The décor here mixes North India with a hint of Arabic. It’s almost traditional in places, with white walls interspersed with brick and vibrant reds on the chairs. There’s some neat alcoves to sit in if you’re after a bit more privacy as well and you can also watch the chefs get busy in the kitchen, as they cook the food behind huge glass windows.

The staff are friendly, although sometimes too friendly if you’re planning a romantic meal. Our waiter, while perfectly polite, hung around nattering perhaps a bit too long while we were eating our mains. Asking where you’re from is one thing, but when the fork almost reaches your mouth several times, only to go back on the plate to answer a question, frustration, and drooling, sets in.

If you’re visiting with a baby, be warned: you’ll have to climb some stairs with your buggy. Once there and seated, though, we were instantly handed some complimentary poppadoms and chutneys before our chinwagging waiter took our order.

To kick things off we had the jahinga angare (barbecued prawns) and the mushroom pakora. Both were great. The seafood starter was elegantly coated in tikka spices and cooked perfectly, while the mushroom pakora was huge. Lightly battered, some nuts sprinkled over it was a nice touch as well.

For our mains we ploughed through a murgh adraki (chicken with ginger) and the spinach paneer. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much of a hint of ginger spices in the adraki, but its intense, earthy flavour filled
a hole. The paneer was creamy and the spinach was plentiful and fresh.

But one word of warning before you eat here: just make sure your taste buds are able to withstand heat, as despite asking for two dishes to be served mild, all our food came with fire in its (and as a result ours) belly. Even the dhal we ordered to have on the side came with quite a kick. We actually sent back the paneer to ask for it to be made a bit less spicy, but unfortunately it came back tasting more of cream than anything else. Our fault for sending it back? Maybe, although we’ve got plenty of experience when it comes to eating spinach paneers to know it usually doesn’t leave your mouth feeling in a rage.

Apart from blowing away your tastebuds with heat, some of their dishes won’t blow you away, but overall, Tanjore is a great option if you’re in Abu Dhabi’s garden city.

The bill (for two)
Jahinga angare Dhs71
Kumbh pakora Dhs29
Spinach paneer Dhs33
Murgh adraki Dhs50
Tadka dhal Dhs33
Naan Dhs12
Total (excluding service) Dhs228

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff  | 12 Feb 2013

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