Carnival by Tresind is the new culinary offering to Dubai from the same people who started the highly acclaimed Tresind. It is helmed by the culinary genius, chef Himanshu Saini. Even before it could open it’s doors, Carnival by Tresind created a lot of buzz in Dubai.
Carnival by Tresind opened on 3rd of September and I was invited for the preview of the restaurant in the last week of August, before the opening. Naturally, I was excited and didn’t know what to expect.
Located at the plush Burj Daman building in DIFC, Carnival by Tresind offers post-modern Indian cuisine. The term post-modern Indian cuisine means reinvention and reinterpretation of culinary techniques that is inherent to India, in a modern way. Under the guidance of head chef Himanshu Saini, the entire team of talented chefs of Carnival will offer you various Indian dishes with their own unique, creative and modern twist. You can expect the unexpected.
As we walked into the restaurant, we felt like we were transported into a magical world. The decor of the restaurant is chic, sophisticated and classy. It is dimly lit and the copper plated trees with small colorful kites adds vibrancy to the place. Carnival by Tresind is a beautiful space with a restaurant, lounge and bar area. The whole set up is tastefully done up.
The atmosphere is festive and carnival like. All the tables had a red and green ballon tied to a roll of paper. Red indicated a non-veg menu, while green was for the vegetarian. As hubby and me are vegetarian, we chose the green one. When we unrolled the paper, out came an enormous 15-course menu.
Here’s my 15-course menu:
Happy Halloween was the miniature kulcha stuffed with pumpkin. It was a bit on the sweeter side, nevertheless it was tasty.
Vada Pav Service is the popular Indian streetfood Vada Pav. But in Carnival be ready for an unique interpretation of this ever popular dish where they pay homage to Mumbai mill workers. This dish was made right in front of us by chef Rahul wearing a mill worker uniform and helmet. The ingredients came in a tool box and he used many different spices to make it. The Vada Pav was outstanding, I am sure even the hardcore of meat eaters will love this.
Dal Cappuccino, Phulka Cookie was Carnival’s interpretation of the simple dal and phulka. The dal was served in coffee cup with lentil foam, truffle ghee and cumin coco. Miniature phulka was served along with the dal. Absolutely, loved it.
Go Bananas was their version of a Banoffee pie. Served in a banana leaf, it consisted of a banana fritter, toffee pana cotta and cardamom ice cream. This dessert was light and lip smackingly delicious.
Rustom Ice Cream Sandwich was Carnival’s way of paying tribute to the famous Rustom in Mumbai. Rustom is more than a 60 year old Parsi shop that is popular for ice cream sandwiches. We were served 2 bite sized chocolate caramel ice cream sandwiches in a doll house resembling Rustom.
When we visited Carnival by Tresind, they had not yet got their license, so we only tried the mocktails. Apart from Goli Soda, we also ordered a Lavender Lemonade and Passion Fruit Mocktail with non alcoholic beer. I am not much of a mocktail fan, but the mocktails that we tried were pretty refreshing.