Patiala by Kunal Kapur, the proud winner of six Best Indian Restaurant Awards is celebrity chef Kunal Kapur’s signature Indian restaurant.Located in the prestigious Souq-Al-Bahar, a stone’s throw from the Dubai Fountain and the Dubai Mall, and named after the princely state in Punjab – Patiala by Kunal Kapur offers a relaxed yet sophisticated ambience, stylish interiors and outstanding food that appeals to Dubai’s most discerning diners.With a display kitchen that lets guests see how century old recipes are conjured up, and an immaculate lounge bar to enjoy classic and modern cocktails, the atmosphere at Patiala by Kunal Kapur has an energetic vibe of excitement, lead by a dark shimmering corridor to the restaurant with dazzling old bulbs hanging from the ceilings with an artistic royal art work done on the ceilings paired with hearty Indian hospitality. Just as the people of Punjab are known for their larger-than-life personalities and happy persona, the restaurant reflects a ‘joie de vivre’ that redefines fine dining in a true sense.
Mr.Vishal the most vibrant and ever chirping Manager, showed us our tables and explained us the new menu launch of how the our simple Indian food can be prepared with delicacy and divine taste. The new menu is worth a try, all thanks to Chef Kunal Kapur and Chef Negi and the team.
To start of we were served Apple Delight and Peach Punch.
Apple Delight, prepared with Apple, Mint, Lime, Ginger Ale and fresh Ginger. It was way to refreshing and to start of with a Kunal Kapur meal this was the perfect drink.
Peach Punch, done with Orange, Peach, Hazelnut and lemonade. My hubby’s delight and i can make out from his expression that he loved his drink so much.
For small bites we were served Papad with a Mint and a Tomato Chutney.
The new menu had an inclusion in the Chaat, Starters to the Main Course section and every dish tasted was just WOW from me.
Palak Patta Chaat, Chaat made with crisp fried Spinach drizzled with Chutney and sprinkled with Masala. What a gorgeous Chaat, why gorgeous? It left a gaudy texture with the beautiful colors to it. The taste was simply divine, i have never tasted a Chaat so better ever in an Indian fine dining before.
The Spinach gave a crunchy aftermath which we often find in any Chaat outlet but with Spinach it was heavenly delightful.
Eggplant Cheese Pizza, crisp fried eggplant baked with vegetable and cheese. A healthy treat to your Pizza’s at Chef Kunal’s kitchen, your very own pizza gets a modern twist with an eggplant as a base. The crisp texture was enough to make the pizza more delicious and firm. I ended up having the entire Pizza as you cannot resist them for too long.
Lemon Grass & Kafir Lime Prawns, Prawns marinated with unique paste of Kafir Lime Lemongrass, Yogurt and Indian spice. O wow what a small bites of delectability it was. The perfect marination as i could feel the Kafir Limes getting infused till the last bite. The Prawns were all juicy, tender and succulent and as you have it it melts inside your mouth. What a Delicacy, Really Relish till date.
Bharwa Paneer Tikka, Cottage Cheese stuffed with Vegetable, Cheese, Bread crumbed and deep fried. Another one is a row, Paneer could get so tastier i never have imagined. Delectable, juicy and tender bites with vegetables, the deep fried batter gave a lot of character to the dish. A must try at Chef Negi’s kitchen here at Patiala.
Dhaniya Murg Tikka, Chicken marinated with fresh coriander seeds, garlic and green and coriander leaves. The best Chicken Tikka ever tasted in my entire blogging journey, Hats off to the Chef to create such a delicacy. The coriander spiced was infused till the last bite, it was full of flavors and aroma. No words to express this masterpiece at all. Only tasting will tell you how much you will be in love with this Indian delicacy.
Beetroot Shammi, beetroot patties tossed with royal cumin, garam masala and cooked on griddle. Nowadays beetroot has been on a hype, everybody has been experimenting on it with some new fusion dish but not as much as Patiala’s Shammi kebab, they were just way too delicious. A bright red in color but taste so heavenly delicious, it seems Chef Negi is blessed with an Angel in his kitchen.
Now here comes the mains, as in places where you get the best Chaat and starters you are always skeptical about the mains but not at Patiala, this place is all about the the whole courses right from the starters to dessert, every dish served was divine in taste and showed creativity in presentation.
Nalli Nihari, tender Lamb Shank slow cooked in a traditional gravy. O wow what a gravy it was, still lingering in my mind and soul. I am totally a beef person, was a bit skeptical when the lamb came but when tasted it was heaven in my mouth. The meat all juicy, tender and succulent, it melts in your mouth. The gravy all thick and creamy,best goes with the Naans served.
Murg Methi, Chicken cooked with cashew nut, tomato and fenugreek leaves.
Bharwa Achari Baigan, baby brinjal stuffed with vegetable and cheese cooked in achari gravy. Again one more hit, delicious small bites of generous filling of lots of vegetables and cheese. And what a picture shot i got, in loving with my image. All thanks to the team of Patiala.
Dal Makhani, (“Buttery Lentil”) is a popular dish originating from the Punjab region of the Indian Subcontinent. The primary ingredients in dal makhani are whole black lentil (urad) with red kidney beans (rajma), butter and cream.The traditional preparation of dal makhani involves a series of time consuming procedures, which can take up to 24 hours to complete. However, with the availability of modern cooking equipment, including electric pressure cookers, the preparation time of the dish has reduced significantly to 2–3 hours. Information by Wikipedia.
The Dal Makhani at Patial was one of its kind, rich, creamy and thick. It went best with the Naan served.
Here comes the Naan platter, Wasabi Methi Naan, Caramelized onion & Blue Cheese Naan and Chilly Cheese Naan.
Now here comes my favorite part the Dessert and this place has the most delectable ones.
Bhapa Doi, Raspberry Sorbet, Besan Panjeeri. The name itself sounds so exciting, as if whats on the plate? Prepared with Vanilla flavored steamed yogurt, house made raspberry sorbet with Chickpea Panjeeri. O WOW, What a delicacy it was, the dessert literally melted in my mouth, the sweet balance was perfect and the taste so divine and pure. The first look of it was WOW fro me and my Hubby too.
Mango Lassi Ice Cream, frozen lassis flavored with mangoes and nankhatai cookie crumble.
With the gem himself Chef Negi is the head chef at Patiala, Dubai.
My day would not be complete with a Masala Tea in an Indian fine dining restaurant. I was in ,love with the flavor and aroma of the tea, perfectly done and served with elegancy.
Overall i had an amazing experience amidst the new menu at Patiala, this is the food you have to try, enjoy and come back again.
Highlights : Home Delivery,Wheelchair Accessible,Full Bar Available,Luxury Dining,Wifi,Kid Friendly
Cuisines : Indian, North Indian, Mughlai
Known For : Indian food created by Celebrity Chef Kunal Kapur
Phone number : 04 4519151 Table booking recommended
Cost : AED 400 for two people (approx.) Cash and Cards accepted
Opening hours : 12:30 PM to 12 Midnight Happy Hours: 4 PM – 8 PM (Everyday)
Address : Level 3, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, Dubai