‘Cocktails and Cuisine’ is the motto here, and boy are both great. Say hello to Masti Dubai, an unbelievably beautiful restaurant situated in the heart of the La Mer development in Dubai’s Jumeirah 1.
Masti is from the same folks behind Bombay Bungalow in JBR and it’s easy to see the similarities. The interiors instantly transport you to India, wowing you all of the way. The vibrant colours and eclectic furnishings instantly fill you with excitement for whats to come – and you should be excited, because this is a really good place to be… And you will leave smiling like a happy clam. Mark our words.
A licensed balcony and restaurant, relaxing outdoor seating, pretty bar, gin room and cosy corners all await you here. We loved the greenery peppering the corners and look out for the monkeys.
The menu is in the capable hands of the executive chef and culinary director Prashant Chipkar – a.k.a. the head chef at Masti and Bombay Bungalow. We’ve been in Prashant’s company a few times now, and he always makes us feel welcome (not to mention full and content).
From the ‘Cold Plates’ section of the menu we ordered the Tuna Bhel Tartare (65 AED), which consists of chickpea crisp and avocado crema served in a sugar ball shell. You need to use the back of your spoon to break it, which makes for a fun theatrical experience. We highly recommend it. We also tried the Fava Bean Chat (60 AED), which features a flash-frozen yoghurt cracker and tadka labneh. This is another dish that you may want to get your camera phones out for as its served covered in rippling dry ice.
From the ‘Appetizers’ section, we went with the Pulled Tandoori Chicken Bao (75 AED). The grilled bao with tamarind glaze are a little pricey for 2 pieces, but they taste really great. The tender pulled tandoori chicken and bao combo is a great example of Chinese and Indian cuisine fusion. We loved this dish. We also ordered the Quail Eggs Kofta (65 AED), which features spiced lamb and red pepper mayo.
For the main event, we sampled the Sweet Chili Glazed Lamb Chops (135 AED). Comprised of purple carrot mash, green apple and fennel slaw, the tender and tasty lamb chops are perfectly complemented by the sweet and spicy Asian taste – and grilled using a charcoal oven, which infuses a delicious smokey flavour. We also ordered the Gunpowder Scallops (130 AED), which come with lemongrass sauce and green peas thoran. They were very tender and tasty. For the side, we selected the Brussel Sprouts (35 AED) which are doused in tempered mustard, soy ginger, and toasted hazelnuts and the Flat Bread (30 AED), which has the hallmarks of the Indian classic naan bread and Italian flavour.
To end a truly delightful meal on a sweet note, we ordered three different desserts. The Chocolate Delice (50 AED), which is crafted from a chocolate cumin ganache, popping candy, chocolate soil, and a strawberry gel, the Lotus Tiramisu (45 AED) – white chocolate saffron basundi – and the Carrot Coconut cake (50 AED) – carrot sponge, coconut snow, and winterberry sauce. All of the desserts were spectacular, but the Carrot Coconut Cake was our favourite.
Drinks-wise, Masti is fully licensed and serves a variety of beverages including some interesting cocktails that are well worth a try. The bar area is also expansive and impressive enough to make this an ideal spot to visit for a cocktail catch up alone.
All and all, Masti is a restaurant you need to add to your hitlist, stat. Yes, this experimental and picturesque food comes at a price, but we think it’s worth every fil. And we will be back…
Insider tips: Masti runs a unique brunch on Fridays and Saturdays (from 2-6pm) called ‘Elephant Bath’, a ‘Gin and Jazz’ night every Monday, weekday Happy Hour deals and Ladies Night on Tuesday from 8pm. The details for all weekly events at Masti Dubai can be found here. Head to the South La Mer.