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India Palace’s Khansama Festival is a treat

Restaurant Review: India Palace

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  • Cuisine:  

    Indian
  • Good for:  

    Groups
  • Credit card:  

    Yes
  • Avg. Cost per Person:

    70 Dhs
  • Location:  

    Near GGICO Metro Station, Garhoud , Dubai
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What:
The Khansama Festival at India Palace is served all through September at branches in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Ras Al Khaimah.

Opening hours:
Daily noon-midnight

Phone number:
04 286 9600


India Palace has been serving hearty Indian food across the UAE for many years — 20 to be exact — so it’s nice to see them throw in a few surprises once in a while. Their latest surprise, via a new menu called Khansama Festival, is quite the feast. It’s inspired by food that was enjoyed by Indian royals — this is India Palace, after all — and it’s good fun.

There are five items on the menu, taken from kitchens from the length and breadth of India. We started off with a bang: Kasturi Murg (Dh40), chicken kebab coated with saffron and egg, served on a sizzling plate; it’s guaranteed to turn heads and is packed with flavour. That was followed by Sunheri Jhinga (Dh40), crispy fried tiger prawns that had been marinated overnight in chili, lemon and coriander — one of my personal favourites, and a great follow-up to the chicken. These are the two starters in the new menu. Of course, diners are free to also mix and match from the restaurant’s regular menu.

The next item was Shahi Zafrani Murh (Dh40), stuffed chicken breast served with gravy. Although highly Instagram-able, this one was my least favourite. I know how royal saffron is, but I don’t like it in EVERY food item, much less in a gravy. That, and the overwhelming pistachios didn’t quite create the magic blend on the plate.

But the mutton biryani, Sultan-e-Gosht (Dh45), came quickly to the rescue. As a self-confessed biryani fan and a part-time self-professed biryani expert, this one scored high on my list. Full of flavour, you could literally smell the biryani long before it lands on your table.

The final item on the menu, the Shahi Tukda (Dh18) is a great way to end the meal. Bread squares flavoured with saffron (it’s OK to use it in dessert) and layered with sweet condensed milk. Beautiful.

If you ever step decide to step into your neighbourhood India Palace branch, make sure you ask for the Khansama Festival menu.

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