If you follow the Dubai food scene, then you’ve probably heard of Silvena Rowe, Bulgarian-Turkish chef from the UK and long-time resident of Dubai. In fact, you probably even know what she looks like! But have you eaten at any of her Omnia restaurants?
Like me, you may have passed by her Omnia Baharat restaurant in the Mall of the Emirates many times. It’s casual and welcoming with lively artwork from Ruben Sanchez, but what is the food actually like? Well, it used to be a Middle Eastern restaurant, but they’ve recently shifted to an Indian theme (though you’ll still find some of their Middle Eastern dishes – like popping hummus – on the menu!)
And with so many Indian restaurants in Dubai, how does this one fare? Well, I’ve been to hole-in-the-wall no-name Indian restaurants, Indian restaurants by Indian celebrity chefs, Indian restaurants with Nepali cooks, but this is the first I can think of by a non-Indian chef.
While I felt that the flavours were more subdued than the intense flavours of my favourite curry houses, my dining partner really enjoyed the milder flavours.
What’s on the menu:
Papdi chaat and chicken samosas as starters. Lovely presentation and a safe way to sample Indian food.
Kingfish curry, prawn korma, parathas and a lamb dum biryani.
Amped-up gulab jamun with cardamom ice cream, raspberry popping cookie crumble, and cardamom foam.
Verdict: Flavourful though I suspect it will appeal more to a Western or Arabic palate.
Note to self: They have a hummus with popping crystals that must be ordered next time!
Level 2 Expansion
Mall of the Emirates
Tel: 04 265 1848
Chow for now!