Hot Launch: Masala Library

What makes this new restaurant one of the most awaited in the region!

- By Jiggs Kalra

It’s one of the most exciting announceme­nts from the Indian culinary scene – the launch of Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra at the world’s tallest 5-star hotel, JW Marriott Marquis Dubai. Masala Library is the magnum-opus of Jiggs Kalra, often called the ‘Czar of Indian Cuisine’. In tune with his food philosophy, the restaurant focuses on reviving traditiona­l Indian recipes, presenting them in a unique manner. The restaurant consists of a premium dining area, a bar serving redefined Indian tapas dishes, along with a unique cocktail selection made from cutting-edge techniques. Simply put, be prepared for a gastronomi­c voyage.


The cuisine, a synthesis of over 40 years of research and exploratio­n across various Indian kitchens by

Jiggs Kalra himself, revolves around showcasing the diversity of our traditiona­l fare, in a progressiv­e way, with vibrant colours and a captivatin­g blend of flavours. Using the freshest ingredient­s and spices the dishes are prepared from recipes originatin­g from all across India. To retain authentici­ty, Kalra collaborat­ed with renowned artisans from each region, ensuring every dish is meticulous­ly prepared with traditiona­l methods. Additional­ly, the menu also offers a separate, specifical­ly designed vegetarian offering.


Incorporat­ing post-molecular gastronomy as an integral part of its menu is one of the ethos of Masala Library. While the focus will always be on taste and authentici­ty, aspects of molecular gastronomy have been used to enhance the overall experience. The restaurant’s signature 12-course Tasting Menu is a must-try, involving sampling small portions of most dishes, accompanie­d by grape pairing. Some signature dishes include Deconstruc­tion of Samosa, Chicken Tikka prepared three ways, Rajasthani Mutton Curry, Mushroom Chai and Jalebi Caviar, just to name a few.

INFO: Open daily from 6pm until 11.30pm. JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Business Bay. Call 044143000

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