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A Taste of India in UAE

Celebrate the day by sampling the finest of Indian cuisine around town. Below is our pick of restaurants that are sure to make Indian Republic Day celebrations memorable for the whole family

By Deepa Narwani

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Published: Mon 25 Jan 2016, 5:12 PM

Last updated: Mon 25 Jan 2016, 7:13 PM

Rang Mahal
Head down to sample the restaurant's Navratan menu created by Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar that offers a tantalising selection of nine signature dishes from India. Navratan translates into nine gems and the menu serves an array of nine exotic dishes. Some of the highlights include Tandoori Murgh, Lasooni Scallops and Gosht Boti Korma, among others. You can sample it all in the colourful and cosy surroundings of the award-winning restaurant.
INFO: JW Marriott Marquis Dubai, Level 4, +971 4 414 3000 
Take your family to this restaurant, which is located in the centre of the city. They are celebrating the Indian Republic Day throughout the month. Indulge in their signature specialities such as Bharwan Aloo, Era Vauval, and more. Round up the meal by tasting their traditional Moong Dal Halwa, a sweet dish made from yellow lentils, cooked in ghee and flavoured with cardamom and saffron. The restaurant's atmosphere boasts of quaint furniture, lovely drapes and a comfy environment, along with live music that is sure to make for a great night out.
INFO: Citymax Hotels Bur Dubai, Lobby Level, +971 4 407 8000 
Tamarind Tandoor Restaurant
Known for their condiments bar that offers a wide variety of chutneys to accompany your meal, the restaurant will be giving a 20 per cent discount for those decked up in traditional Indian attire. So get your saris out and indulge in their authentic menu that has a number of kebabs, curries and biryanis on offer. The restaurant has a warm ambience and an open kitchen where you can see your dishes being prepared.
INFO: Offer valid only on January 26 from 12 pm to 12 am, Lobby Level, Ramada Hotel Dubai, Mankhool, +971 4 351 9999 
Mint Leaf of London
Kick-start celebrations over the weekend and sample the restaurant's 'Weekend Brunch', that is sure to satiate your appetite. At this London outpost, you can taste authentic Indian flavours while soaking in stunning views of Burj Khalifa and grooving to catchy tunes spun by its in-house DJ. The restaurant has wooden interiors and an open kitchen where you can see delicious delights being prepared right from the tandoor. They serve up a set six-course menu, with sampling portions along with a dedicated vegetarian menu. Must-haves include Tandoori Broccoli, Murgh ka Sule and Lamb Seekh Kebab.
INFO: Level 15, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, +971 4 706 0900 
Last year celebrity chef Vikas Khanna opened his famous New York joint right here in Dubai much to the joy of the city's foodies. Opt for the lunch menu for an authentic Indian dining experience. The lunch comes served in a thali that includes delicious options such as Coconut Fish Curry, Murgh Kali Mirch, Govind Gatta Curry, all served with a generous helping of dal, pulao and rotis. The restaurant has striking interiors with relaxing seating areas and stunning drapes that light up the place.
INFO: Shangri-La Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, +971 4 405 2717 
Khana Khazana
Chef Sanjeev Kapoor is synonymous with Indian cuisine and Khana Khazana was the first of many restaurants by the popular chef that came to the city. Named after Chef Kapoor's popular TV show, the restaurant is renowned for offering a wide variety of specialities. Nestled in Oud Mehta, its cave-like interiors add to the intrigue of the meal. Tuck into specialities such as Kokum Fried Jhinga, Lalla Mussa Dal, Chandi Kaliyan, Murgh Noormahal Biryani and the vegetarian delight Shaam Savera to complete the celebrations.
INFO: Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha, +971 4 336 0061

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