La Porte des Indes, Dubai

Masala, Food Special 11 Mar 2014

La Porte des Indes Dubai, the newly opened UAE outpost of Executive Chef Mehernosh Mody’s London stalwart, promised to live up to its billing as the Gateway to India under the able stewardship if Chef Vishal Rane. Luckily for connoisseurs of Indian cuisine hungry for regional specialities, La Porte des Indes showcases Gillic influenced dishes from former French colony, Pondicherry, alongside regular staples in dazzlingly contemporary surroundings.

Designed by M Bourton, the decor ups the ante in a city already accustomed to being wow-ed by interiors; the moodily lit, night-club-like space with neon highlights and LED-dotted crystals epitomises modern chic and oozes glamour; ideal for a special night out.The menu is generous on options, with signature dishes handily highlighted.

Adventurous Indes Francaises foodies might opt for tandoori seared foie gras on a honey-naan served with sweet-sour fig and ginger chutney, Barbary duck breasts Creole or a peppered soft-shell crab with a ginger-green mango dip. Those wanting tried and tested sub-continental dishes will wax lyrical over the paneer kebabs, must-order Parsee fish, delicate banana-leaf sea bass or Keralan monkfish curry. Little touches like an amuse bouche asparagus soup make this a truly fine dining experience. Make sure you finish with a scoop of the subtle rose and pistachio ice-cream.

Located on the ground floor of The Address Dubai Mall, this restaurant is sure to become a regular haunt for those living and working in the vicinity — and a dining destination that will beckon those further afield. If you’re in Dubai Mall, sauntering straight into this atmospheric, contemporary Indian emporium requires no second thoughts; it’ll provide a welcome pit-stop for those wanting to refuel away from the hustle and bustle of Downtown Dubai.