Lit­tle Miss In­dia, Fair­mont The Palm

Friday - - THE WEEKEND GUIDE -

This vis­ually en­tic­ing place is a true lit­tle gem; right from the en­trance it’s as though you are be­ing wel­comed into some­one’s home, not a restau­rant. It feels like an in­vi­ta­tion to dis­cover the true taste of In­dian cui­sine, and as I dis­cov­ered over the next few hours, it truly was.

The or­nately dec­o­rated ‘Tribal Art Taxi’ – a painted truck in vi­brant colours – gives you a feel that you could be in south­ern In­dia. The restau­rant fo­cuses on re­gional In­dian flavours with all-time clas­sic dishes such as lamb ro­gan josh and but­ter chicken, but also a se­lec­tion of seafood and veg­etable dishes. For those who love spicy food, the shrimp curry with chilli, tamarind and co­conut will wake up your palate. An­other great op­tion is the cau­li­flower stir-fried with gin­ger and turmeric. You can also opt for shar­ing dishes – per­fect for groups and fam­i­lies. The sig­na­ture dishes in­clude tandoori raan, a mar­i­nated leg of lamb slow­cooked for eight hours and fin­ished in the char­coal tan­door. If you are a rice lover, you will love the dum biryani – bas­mati rice with saf­fron and spices slow-cooked in a sealed clay pot, served to the ta­ble with a se­lec­tion of fresh In­dian breads.

For the sweet toothed, must-tries are the gu­lab ja­mun, the pis­ta­chio kulfi and the co­conut-in­flu­enced creme brulee, while sip­ping on a de­li­cious bev­er­age and tak­ing in the breath-tak­ing views of the Dubai Ma­rina sky­line un­der the stars – af­ter all it’s now al­most-per­fect weather!

Lit­tle Miss In­dia is open all days from 6.30pm to 11.30pm. The bar and lounge area is open from 5pm un­til 1am. For book­ings, call 04 457 3457 or email palm.din­ing@fair­mont.com.

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