Its menu is as big as the venue and dishes are highly inventive and upmarket. Located in the heart of Dubai, at Souk-Al-Bahar, the restaurant has a display kitchen that lets guests watch their (delicious) dinner get cooked right in front of them. Treat yourself to sumptuous food in elegant surroundings. Signature dishes include Dorra Kebab and Garbar Falooda. The 4-course veg set menu costs Dh175 per person and the non veg menu is priced at Dh195 per person. Avail a 15 per cent discount on their special Diwali set menu by using promo code: PATGULF01 between October 23 and October 30 for lunch and dinner. For bookings call 04 451 9151 or email email@example.com.
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The modern palettes and styles reinvigorate traditional recipes dating back centuries. Sit back and watch your food get cooked in a bustling open kitchen, soak up the sun with gorgeously landscaped outdoor seating and sup on tender meats and seafood directly from the hot embers of the tandoor. Enjoy a 4-course set menu on October27 from 7.30pm to 11pm on October 27. Non veg course at Dh179 and veg course at Dh159 per person. For bookings or inquiries, contact 04 702 2615 / 055 457 6723 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you keep up with India’s food scene, the name Zorawar Kalra is sure to sound familiar. The Masterchef judge is on the crusade to put Indian cuisine on the map by giving traditional desi dishes a progressive, modern twist. With a focus on quality over quantity, the spice bistro will be offering a host of complementary bite-sized delicacies to diners as part of the festivities on October 27. Relish classic food infused with elements of molecular gastronomy like the Butter Chicken Bun – an alternative to Butter Chicken that comes with a dash of chilli mayo and steamed bao. Their bestseller is the Dal Chawal Arancini but if your tooth is sweeter than that, make sure you save room for some Gulab Jamun. For bookings at City Walk II, call 04-394 2556 or dial 04-335 9539 to make reservations at the Mall of Emirates branch.
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Want to celebrate this Diwali in style? Look no further than ‘Diwali Festival of flavors’ at the Lido aboard the QE2. Eclectic décor, a spectacular light show and the best of Bollywood music set the stage for an exotic menu exploring the gastronomy of India with dishes including Chicken Tikka Trios, Murg Masala, Saffron Rice Kheer and more. Food and soft beverages for Dh99 per person or book a room for Dh490 per night inclusive of the dining offer with an option to add on an unlimited house beverages package for Dh100 per person per hour; on October 27. Call 04 526 8811 or 600 500 400 for bookings and further information.
Bored of the traditionals? Fusion it up with the Diwali Culinary Journey set menu at Indian-inspired fusion restaurant Tamba in The Hub at The Mall at Abu Dhabi’s World Trade Center. Think tomato rasam pho, black pav bhaji fondue, smoked chicken with burrata, ice halwa and strawberry yogurt parfait – tradition with a twist takes on a whole new meaning with such quirky, offbeat offerings on October 27, 12pm-11:45pm. Dh200 per person. Call 02 672 8888.
The authentic Indian restaurant in Bab Al Shams will transform into a Diwali village celebration hub for 10 days from October 23 to November 2. Its bright, bold and beautiful décor bring in all the festive vibes. A hot option for veggies, culinary delights such as Dahi-Bhalle and Ghathiya will be served along with sweet endings like Kheer and Burfi. That’s not all, a band will make sure the fun doesn’t fade away. Priced at Dh190 per person, kids from 6 to 12 years are admitted at 50 per cent discount while kids below six dine free of cost. Call 04 809 6194 to make reservations.