In A Nutshell: Zafran
The Indian fine-dining restaurant recently re-launched a newly furbished venue and Rakshak Puri, general manager, Asian Dining, Foodmark has all the details.
Please describe the venue.
Our Dubai Marina Mall branch can seat 160 people and offers both indoor and al fresco dining. Zafran has one distinctive feature, a stunning collage art installation depicting the art, culture and history of India created exclusively for the venue by renowned Arab artist, Jeffar Khaldi.
What are the signature items on the menu?
Our signature items include classic recipes that have been put together with a special Zafran twist like the Dahee kebabs, which are deep-fried yoghurt dumplings, aloo tikkia, bhatti kebabs and the chicken malai tikka.
What is interesting about the beverage offer?
Our beverage offering has an interesting collection of home-made recipes that are not only great tasting thirst quenchers but are refreshing as well. We use natural ingredients in our drinks, that are blended to order in house. Our guest favourites are the fruit drinks – Watermelon and mint smash, kiwi mojito, very berry and the apple cinnamon twist.
Who designed the interiors and how do they reflect the concept?
The interiors of Zafran has been designed by Paul Bishop of Bishop Designs. Zafran is stylish but casual, comfortable and approachable. It is elegantly urban and non-intimidating. The front fascia of the kitchen is all carbonised wood inset with a beautiful brass strip detailing meant to replicate the tandoor.
What was the reason behind the renovation?
Customers today are well-travelled, discerning, critical and demand that you evolve with the changing times. The only thing constant is change. We looked at our brand and thought this was the time for that change.