I actually met Chef Atul Kochhar at Taste of Dubai last year but didn’t realise who he was! #foodiefail
I’ve since swotted up on my chef knowledge and after dining at Rang Mahal, I have a newfound appreciation for this lauded Michelin-starred chef.
In honour of Holi, the Indian Festival of Colours, Rang Mahal offered a special 6-course menu in the months of March and April. I wasn’t initially wowed reading the set menu dishes and would never have chosen them independently, but that’s the beauty of set menus – you have the opportunity to sample dishes you otherwise would have no inclination to order!
I neglected to ask whether it was developed by Atul himself or was the brainchild of Rang Mahal Head Chef Amrish Sood, but regardless, this was one special dinner.
Flavour Canvas menu:
Memories from the Spring: Lentil dumpling, kutch kee dhabeli, corn bhel, subz kathi – a gorgeous and colourful sharing platter of five-star Indian street food.
Deep under the Sea: Curry leaf prawn, lentil and chili crust scallops – a diminutive portion of a single prawn and a single scallop, so delicious which makes you want more!
From the Indian Southern Coast: Crispy sea bass and tomato garlic chutney – what a surprise that this turned out to be my favourite dish! I’d have never ordered this from the menu but it was perfect in every way. Textures and tastes both on top form.
Chicken Tikka from my Notebook: Tandoor-roasted chicken tikka, chutney box – fairly standard chicken tikka that didn’t impress me much.
Butcher’s cut: Trio of lamb – grilled, roasted and braised served with naan – by this time I was so full that I couldn’t even finish this dish.
Beauty of the Season: Orange and chocolate, cream and Indian mithai – another artfully plated dish. A flourless chocolate cake and a subtle orange-scented ice cream. I’m not usually a fan of chocolate and orange but this combo was divine.
AED 275 per person for the 6-course dinner set menu, unfotunately only until 24 April 2017. However there are different set menus from time to time.
Verdict: I’m a convert! It’s no wonder Rang Mahal has won so many awards and Chef Atul has been awarded two Michelin stars.
Note to self: Eschew the old stand-bys (tandoori chicken, curries and the like) and opt for something different.
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