I was invited along with few other bloggers for a special dining experience by the editor of Gourmet magazine at Jodhpur Restaurant, Al Murooj Rotana in Downtown Dubai.
Jodhpur is one of the new restaurants in Dubai. It is not even a year old. Jodhpur is located in Al Murooj Rotana. It is a beautiful property. You could get to the restaurant by a buggy once you are at the lobby of the hotel or else it is a long walk to reach the restaurant.
Jodhpur offers a royal dining experience-from ambience to food and service. It is an Indian restaurant specializing in North Indian cuisine. Be ready to be pampered Maharajah style.
The ambience is truly royal and opulent. The restaurant is vast and spacious with both indoor and outdoor seating. The setting of the restaurant is grand-from furniture to upholstery. Beautiful chandeliers, dim lighting, huge pillars and gold framed mirrors adds to the royal look of Jodhpur. It will transport you back to the era where India was ruled by royalty.
Their drinks menu offers amazing variety of cocktails,mocktails, fresh juices, wine and spirits. After having a round of drinks, we started off our dinner. The food menu offers good variety for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. We were offered a set menu with options for both vegetarians and non vegetarians. I opted for the vegetarian set menu.
One of the highlights of the dinner was the live cooking demonstration by Chef Pradeep.
Our dinner started with pre starter- Jeera Khari with Herb Yogurt. The crisp jeera Khari dunked with herb infused yogurt was refreshing.
Then came the Macaroon Chaat. I was quite skeptical before having it. As I felt that chaat with macaroon will not work. But it was such a good Indian twist to the macaroon that we started asking for more.
Next to arrive was the hot starter- Roomali Paneer Tikka and Mirchi Vada. Roomali paneer tikka was rich and creamy. The Mirchi Vada was stuffed with smoked potato and spices. It was outstanding.
Before we could start the main course, we were offered Pink Guava & Chaat Masala Sorbet as a palate cleanser. Generally, palate cleansers are given in the middle of a meal to remove the lingering flavors from the mouth so that the next course may be enjoyed with a fresh perspective. Pink guava & chaat masala sorbet made an excellent palate cleanser.
As for the mains, we had Malai Kofta Asparagus Tak-A-Tak with Makhani sauce, Faux Dal Makhni, Chur-Chur Kulcha and Steamed Rice.
Malai Kofta asparagus with makhani sauce was spicy, tangy and utterly delicious. One of the must-have dishes at Jodhpur.
Faux Dal Makhni was well cooked and tasted great. What I liked about the Dal Makhni at Jodhpur was that it was light and had a homemade flavor to it.
Chur-Chur kulcha are the kulchas(Indian bread) stuffed with cheese. They were freshly made with whole wheat flour and went well with all the curries.
As for the desserts we had a variety of small bite sized desserts in a platter. They were very creative with the desserts. I tried the Chocolate Hazelnut Malai Torte with Strawberry Basil Gelato, Cholai Gajak with Filter Coffee Cream, Saffron Jalebi, Cheesecake Rabdi and Gold Dust. When it comes to desserts I am not a fan of fusion. But I am sure those people who love fusion desserts will love the desserts at Jodhpur. I could see that all my blogger buddies enjoying the desserts at the restaurant.
At Jodhpur it is a blend of traditional Indian food with a modern twist. It takes your taste buds on a delicious adventure.
Overall I had a great experience. The food is rich, flavorful and delicious. The ambience is gorgeous and the service is efficient. I definitely want to come back again.
P.S. A big shout out to Jasmine Bandali, Editor in chief of Gourmet Magazine for inviting me.
Phone: 04 3559846
Timings: Saturday to Wednesday-
11 AM to 3 PM & 7 PM to 12 Midnight
Thursday & Friday-
11 AM to 3 PM & 7 PM to 2 AM