Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights is just around the corner and many Indian restaurants in Dubai are coming up with their Diwali menu. I had the pleasure of attending the Diwali Menu Preview of Ashiana at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers in Deira yesterday.
Located in the Upper Lobby Level of the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel, Ashiana is one of the oldest Indian fine dining restaurants in Dubai. It offers authentic and traditional Indian food with an innovative and contemporary touch. Over the years, they have constantly reinvented themselves by adding something new and creative in their menu on a regular basis.
The decor of the restaurant is regal, classy and elegant. Done up in the hues of dark wood and beige with exquisite chandeliers in the centre, Ashiana offers a gorgeous set up. And the traditional Indian murals adds character to the place.
After ordering a round of drinks, we were served a complimentary platter of Pre Starters. The platter consisted of bite sized Vada, Open Kachori and Pineapple and Strawberry Shooter. Every month, they keep changing their pre starters.
For Diwali, Ashiana offers a Non Vegetarian and a Vegetarian menu. The starters and desserts will be served at the table(pre plated) and for Main Course dishes, there will be a buffet. As I went there for a preview, all the dishes were served at the table. As hubs and I are vegetarians, we opted for the vegetarian menu.
Trio of Starters on a Platter-Paneer Tikka, Khumb Galouti and Vegetable Samosa. The paneer tikka was soft, succulent and marinated and grilled to perfection. The khumb Galouti was delicately spiced and an absolute delight. Only the vegetable samosa was a bit of a letdown.
We were served Mango Sorbet topped with dried olive crumbs as Palate Cleanser. The mango sorbet was fresh, tasty and extremely delicious. The olive crumbs added an unique flavor to it.
Pind De Chole had an amazing street food flavor and authentic taste, it took me back to my teenage years where I used to have Chole in a Dabba in the state of Punjab, India.
Paneer Makkhanwala was rich, tasty and creamy.
Soya Rarha Bharta was another stand out dish. Humble Bhaigan ka bharta had a healthy makeover with minced soya, smoky eggplant and spices.
Sarson da Saag had a blend of mustard and Spinach leaves. It was delicious and had well balanced flavors. We were served Makki di Roti along with the Saag. Sarson da saag and Makki di Roti is the perfect combination. It is a soul satisfying meal if you ask me.
Biryani Rice was aromatic, full of great taste and flavor. How I wish I had enough space in my tummy to do justice for this dish. We were served Mirch Ka Salan and Raita with the biryani.
We were served, freshly baked Indian Bread to go along with our curries.
Duet of Zafrani Daulat Ki Chaat and Elaneer Payasam was served in a platter for dessert. The famous Daulat ki chaat from old Delhi was given a healthy makeover by Chef Vipin Kala by adding low fat milk. And we totally loved the idea of adding edible notes and coins to it. Daulat in Hindi and Urdu means wealth, so literally this dessert came with Daulat. It was scrumptious.
Elaneer Payasam or Tender coconut kheer is a popular dessert from South India. Here they gave a healthy and modern twist to it. I liked the fact that it was sugar free. And it was served in a filo pastry hard shell. The Elaneer Payasam was topped with dried fruits. It was not excessively sweet and tasted fantastic.
Overall, we had a great dining experience. What we liked about the food was that it was not too spicy or oily and the flavors were spot on. The service and the atmosphere was really good. And can’t believe that such delicious high quality and fresh meal is only priced at AED 139 per person. If you are looking for an authentic, traditional and really good Indian meal for Diwali then look no further than Ashiana.
The Diwali Menu is available from 28th October to 30th October.
Priced at AED 139 per person.
Phone: 04 207 1733