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Zafran’s Feast review: One for the heart and the senses

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Restaurant Review: Zafran

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    City Centre Mirdif, Mirdif , Dubai
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Opening hours:
Daily 12.30pm-11pm

Phone number:
04 284 0987

The table is a place where the family comes together for a meal and often it is also a time to share experiences, memories and tales of time gone by. So often in the time-challenged modern world, it is this meal which becomes a casualty.

So when Zafran Indian Bistro in City Centre Mirdif puts together a feast, it is celebrating the custom of coming together in order to share a meal prevalent in both the Middle East and India.

The Feast, as it is called, comprises an array of kebab platters inspired by the flavours of the sub-continent’s diverse North-West frontier province.

We began with an assortment of fruit juice — watermelon smash, kiwi mojito (kiwi, mint and lime) and Kashmir’s dew (strawberry and mint). And while we waited for the platter, we cast a glance at the ambience and the steady stream of customers both from the sub-continent as well as the region. We also munched on the pappad, date and tamarind chutney and sweet papaya chutney.

We decided to try the seafood, lamb and chicken feast as it had a good mix of meat and seafood. The seafood — hariyali (coriander) fish tikka, fried calamari and ajwaini jhinga (shrimps with carom seed) — was a treat and we were left looking for more. The sikandari raan (translated to Alexander’s lamb) was cooked perfectly, with the juicy succulence and lean meat almost in shreds standing out. Rounding up the platter was the murgh (chicken) angar tikka.

All feasts are complemented by a selection of bread, sides and condiments. These include dill labneh and pickled hummus adding a local touch to each Feast. Dal zafran, a fresh salad and butter naan complete the meal.

The seafood, lamb and chicken Feast costs Dh169, and is sufficient for two people.

We also tried the vegetarian platter, which had an equally enticing assortment — grilled mashed broccoli, mushroom, grilled paneer (cottage cheese), deep fried baby potatoes and tandoori salad on skewers — all cooked to the connoisseur’s delight. All this for Dh119.

Other platters are available too. Remove the seafood and you get the lamb and chicken feast for Dh159 and the chicken feast for Dh139.

We completed the meal with a dessert platter comprising kulfi, gajar ka halwa (carrot halwa), ras malai and gulab jamun.

The Feast at Zafran Indian Bistro takes you back to a time-honoured tradition of sharing a meal together. Coupled with the hospitality and the traditional Indian cuisine that is served, it is indeed a celebration.

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