I have to be honest, the majority of my experience with Indian food is delivered on a Saturday night whilst sitting on the sofa watching a movie… who’s with me? However, ladies and gents, I fear we’ve all been going wrong.
When choosing fine dining cuisine, it’s easy to opt for luxury steaks and Italian-inspired eateries, because we know what we like and what we’re going to get. However, over the last five years, Indian fine dining experiences have been blossoming over all over the globe and are now slowly creeping into the forefront of our ever-growing culinary scene here in Dubai.
The Oberoi, Downtown Dubai, is nothing short of breath-taking. From the grand crystal lights and red carpet that greet you in the lobby, to the creative external structure of the hotel, its certainly a place fitting for their Indian cuisine restaurant, Ananta, to offer their exclusive culinary journey through ‘The Land of Kings’ – a celebration of food from Rajasthan, running every evening until November 23.
The comfortable and low-lit restaurant echoed the sophisticated chic atmosphere of the rest of the hotel. The glass windows into the kitchen made you almost feel apart of the whole creation process and added an intimate feeling to the experience and the surroundings.
The evening was dominated by great food and interesting conversation with the talented chefs and the professional and friendly staff. They told us about the different cities of India and how they all have a certain uniqueness to how they cook, using the local farming options and livestock available to each region. Rajasthani cooking is influenced by its desert terrain and rarely involves using seafood. However, Himanshu Parekh, the guest chef who had been flown over all the way from Rajasthan, had prepared his very own prawn dish to keep the menu diverse. The dish was out of this world. Traditional Rajasthani dishes, however, are comprised of hunted deer and freshly grown vegetables, so it was interesting to see how the old and simple techniques had been experimented with to deliver the historical taste as a fine dining experience. Spices such as clove and coriander made up the heart of the dishes and, in true Rajasthani style, vegetables and chillies were very prominent. There were two choices available on the menu; vegetarian or non-vegetarian and although the carnivore in me couldn’t resist the meaty choice, I am certain the vegetarian dishes would have been as great too!
It was an eating experience that completely tantalised the taste buds!
Thanks for the experience, Aquarius!
Your Girl About Town