A must for lovers of Indian cuisine…
In Old Dubai, Indian restaurants are plentiful, but a fine dining experience is rare. Enter The Crossing located at the chic The H Hotel where Indian cuisine is given pride of place. the Crossing is an apt name mainly because its menu is basically a crossing of cultures and culinary experiences that coexist in the subcontinent.
When we arrived a few tables inside the restaurant were occupied, but it was busy on the leafy patio with diners enjoying the last cool weather. Inside, a minimalist approach is taken with the decor with clean walls, greenery, a few paintings, golden arches and understated accents. Its inspiration, we were told, is the waiting rooms of the Indian Railways.
We chose to start with the first course on the menu which also came highly recommended by our waiter – Chaat (Dhs55). The wholesome high street food style dish impressed and its harmonious flavors of spice, sweetness and tanginess got us excited for what was to come.
The Kalimpong dumplings (Dhs58) are a lip-smacking minced chicken dumpling filled with a mild garlic flavor and a slight spice that we would have easily ordered again if we hadn’t had more dishes to try. The Gunpowder Prawn (Dhs85) from Goa came with soft bread to soak up the sauce but that was the only highlight, the dish is a bit forgettable.
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For main courses we chose the Mangalorean Chicken (Dhs75) and the Butter Chicken (Dhs75). The verdict at the table was divided but personally I preferred the butter chicken. It lacked spice, but surprisingly we both enjoyed the soft sweet note it left on our palates at the end of each bite. My friend, meanwhile, savored the Mangalorean curry – a coconut-based dish with a hint of spice courtesy of Karnataka chilies.
If you don’t want to opt for a sauce-based dish, a must-try is the tandoor grilled chicken makhani malai (Dhs75). Packed with smoky flavor, the tandoor grilled chicken is marinated with Old Delhi masala, lemon and butter which we really enjoyed with the mint yoghurt. The melt-in-your-mouth lamb chop (65 Dhs) is bursting with black pepper and the earthy taste of cumin – it’s on our list of the best lamb chops we’ve ever tried. There’s also the Masala Bottle – an intriguing name that comes with an intriguing story that the waiter will happily share. Essentially, this dish is Arabic Hammur which is pan-fried with a mixture of over 25 masalas. It may seem like a bit of a spice, but chef Ankur Chakraborty manages to keep the dish flavorful without being overpowering.
For desserts we ordered the chocolate bake (Dhs55) – a dark chocolate cake with a nod to Tamil Nadu – it comes with hints of sweet lemon and caramelized honey mango and is sure to delight chocolate lovers. It was certainly a great choice to end our dining experience.
The Crossing, The H Hotel, Trade Center 1, Dubai, Tel. : (0)4 491 9695, crossingtherestaurant.com
Images: The Crossing
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