Indya Dubai offers the opportunity to feast on fine Indian cuisine by Chef Vineet in a quirky, laid back and inspiring setting. Join your friends at The Huntr as we take a closer look…
Situated inside Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa in the Dubai Marina, Indya by Vineet is the latest concept by Chef Vineet Bhatia, who has opened an impressive 25+ restaurants across three continents. Chef Vineet explains: “Indya is an opportunity to have fun with Indian food, to challenge perceptions and introduce new ingredients to age-old dishes. I guess you could liken it to an expression of my roots and respectfully breathing new life into the food I grew up with.”
Inspired by a young and vibrant India, the interiors are bright, fun and inspiring. The Huntr loved the artistic murals, colour-clashing chairs and cosy vibes. The licensed bar offers the opportunity to sample a plethora of cocktails and alcoholic creations, and there is also an assortment of mocktails and alcohol-free drinks on offer. Food-wise, Indya offers a “buildable” menu bursting with tempting dishes that bridge the East and West and the concept on the whole somehow feels both fine and casual dining – it’s the sort of place that you could impress clients or a special date with a sumptuous spread (and a rather large bill at the end) or play it a little safer and enjoy a mid-range-price meal for a casual but refined weekday lunch or dinner experience.
The menu is divided between 6 simple categories all with the same price tag. Creations from the Chaat Trolley are priced at 60AED, From The Earth (plants and vegetables) 65AED, From The Land (meat, lamb and chicken) 75AED, From The Sea (fish and seafood) 85AED, Raitas 18AED and Breads 15AED. There is also a section for Dosas and one for Rice (and the dishes are priced separately).
The Huntr visited for a weekday dinner. We started our culinary journey with the Chapli Kebab (75AED) and the Chicken Habibi (75AED) – both dishes were great starters, the kebab was fresh and the grilled chicken topped with a heavenly sauce and olives was a wonderfully elevated take on the usual chicken kebab. Next, we sampled two of Indya’s signature cocktails – Bombay to Goat (58AED) and a Kerala-inspired number called God’s Own Center Kerala (52AED). We then opted for the Raj Puri Chaat (60AED), the Crispy Onion-Beet Bhaji with Herb Chutney (65AED), Kochi Calamari Fry (65AED) and the Samosa Pinwheels with Desi Ketchup (65AED). The Raju Puri Chaat offered an incredible explosion of flavours and textures and was our firm favourite.
For the main event, we ordered the Keralan Chili Beef Fry (75AED), which featured a delightful combination of spicy and sweet flavours, the Coriander Fish Tikka (85AED), Chicken Tikka Masala (75AED) and Daulat Aunty’s Mutton Dhansak with Parsi Brown Rice (75AED), which were all faultless. The menu also offers a rice side dishes and a variety of freshly-baked Indian bread including naan and paratha concoctions.
To end a delicious dinner on a sweet note we had the Awesomosas (45AED), which come filled with purple potato with a sweet potato puree dip on the side and the Seeta Aur Geta (45AED), which encompasses a semolina cake on the bottom and kulfi ice-cream on the top. The kulfi was wonderful but we found the cake a little dry.
Insider tips: Open daily for lunch between 12:30noon and 3.30pm and dinner from 7pm until midnight. Reservations recommended. Inside is non-smoking. Smoking is allowed outside. There are ample vegetarian options in the ‘From the Land’ section of the menu.
Photography and reporting by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr