Located at the Fairmont hotel in Palm Jumeirah, Little Miss India is a beautiful gem complete with attention-grabbing, quirky wallpaper, and a rather epic Jeepney/Tuk Tuk hybrid fixture. At present, Little Miss India is only open for dinner save from Saturdays, when it opens for brunch at 2pm.
The menu offers a carefully curated mixture of dishes and a welcome respite from the (majority of) standard Indian cuisine on offer in Dubai. There are all of the favourites, but Little Miss India masterfully adds interesting twists and there is a concerted effort to step away from the norm.
The Huntr visited for a mid-week dinner. We were seated at the chef’s table and asked the waiter to serve us some of the menu’s superstars. Starting with cocktails, we received two drinks that looked like twins but tasted like polar opposites. The Kerala Mule (80AED) is a vodka-based cocktail with a refreshing taste of lime and pink guava juice. Superb. Next was the Bhangarita (75 AED), which is a tequila-based drink infused with tamarind chutney – a remarkable drink because of its playful sour, sweet, and bitter taste. A must try. Whilst enjoying our cocktails, we tried four different kinds of poppadoms with three different kinds of chutneys.
The Kebab Platter (115AED) and Bhatti da Smoked Lamb Chops (125AED) graced our table next. We found the kebab platter a little too salty but the Bhatti da Smoked Lamb Chops were spot on and served in a way that will have you reaching for your camera. To clean our palates, we were served with Bengal Quince and Indian Mangosteen Indian Flavored Digestive Sorbets (15AED). Then it was time to dive into the curries. While we were big fans of the Dal Makhani (65AED) for its sweet-salty taste, Little Miss India’s Butter Chicken (95AED) wasn’t the best we’ve ever tried.
To end a culinary cruise through India on a sweet note, we tried the Phirnee Brulée (40AED) and it did not disappoint. In fact, it’s probably one of the best Indian desserts we have ever tasted in Dubai. A must-order.
Insider tip: Little Miss India run a Saturday brunch (more info here) and the dress code is smart/casual
Words and photography by Augustine Paredes exclusively for The Huntr.