Ananta, The Oberoi, Dubai
Take a gastronomic tour of India through Ananta’s Diwali menu that will be served from October 24-27. The modern Indian restaurant combines three different Indian cuisines with a royal background – you’ll sup on Rajasthani, Hyderabadi and Awadhi delicacies as part of the thali meal (set menu) that will feature live street chaat, such as Kakra chaat, Kache kela ka chaat, , Ragda patties, fresh sweets like gujiya, and jalebi etc as well as a generous helping of meat in the form of unlimited kebabs. Dh275 per person, from 7pm-11.30pm. Call 04-44 41 407 for reservations.
Mint Leaf of London, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC
Want to dine like royalty? The elaborate eight-course set menu at Mint Leaf has dishes from across India. From Chicken Momo and Thukpa, to Rajasthani Laal Maas Lamb Shank and Gujarati Kadhi, the menu is a tribute to India’s varied cuisine. The Chocolate Barfi Khurchan, Hazelnut Ice cream add the sweet ending to your culinary journey. From October 24-27 for Dh250 per person. For bookings, go to email@example.com or call 04-706 0900.
Bombay Bungalow, JBR
Instagrammable interiors meet an equally instgrammable menu at this JBR-joint that’s a year-round favourite, so we’ll warn you beforehand that you’ll spend a lot of time snapping the food before you get down to tucking into it your meal. Their special Diwali menu includes a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, starting with street style chaat, an assorted kebab platter followed by signature inventive dishes such as cheesy Gruyere Pav Bhaji Fondue served with sumac-coriander-onion sauce or Spicy Fish Sukka made with dry coconut and korkan spiced gravy. But what takes the cake will be their Bournvita Chocolate Cake dessert infused with butterscotch ice-cream and salted caramel. The Diwali Menu is available for two and four people from October 7-27. Vegetarian Diwali menu costs Dh200 for two and non-vegetarian costs Dh250 for 2. For reservations call 800 692 8779.
Bombay Brasserie, The Taj Dubai
The festival of lights is also about sharing – Bombay Brasserie’s three-course sharing style menu gets that and ensures your Diwali meal is about breaking bread with the people you love the most. There’s more than just bread to break into on their mouthwatering menu – available in both vegetarian and non-vegetarian options, you’ll be racing each other for the last morsel of aromatic lemon-flavoured the Nimbu Machli Tikka, filling mains such as Lucknowi Gosht Biryani, and Bhindi Nayantara (fresh Okra tossed in a mixture of house spices) and classic desserts such as the Gulab Jamun and Sunfia Jalebi. With a menu that delicious, we’re not sure how willing you’ll be to share! The Diwali menu is only served on October 27 from 6pm-12am. Dh215 per person. Visit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 04-438 3100 for bookings.
Kinara by Vikas Khanna
Celebrate this Diwali in style while going easy on your pocket at Kinara by celebrity chef, Vikas Khanna. Kinara, which translates to ‘the shore’ or ‘the bank’ celebrates and takes inspiration from the raw beauty of home cooking to recreate the taste of India. The new eatery at JA Lake resort features authentic regional dishes with a modern twist. Enjoy culinary delights like Dahi ke Kebab and Chicken Makhani with the highlight on the menu being four finger-licking good chutneys that represent different regions in India – Bengali tomato-nigella relish, Konkani pineapple-fennel seed pickle, Punjabi pickled onions and Rajasthani garlic-chilli chutney. That’s not all, Diwali guests will also receive a gift of Diwali sweets, the classic dry fruit ladoo decorated with silver leaves. For more information and reservations call 04-814 5555.