Ananta | The Oberoi Hotel, Dubai

Ananta’s exceptional service and authentic fine dining is bound to set ablaze an experience and an insight to North Indian cuisine in Dubai.

The gold plated cutlery in itself provides a glimpse into the bullion loving country, India, with a view of the tandoori and the roti kitchen which sets the main decorum of Ananta – a chefs table view all around.

Three versions of the traditional Lassi– a yogurt based drink, was infused with mango, saffron and mint which were offered as a cooler. The taste of the saffron lassi, was a favorite with a unique combination which I never had the pleasure of savoring previously.

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A plate of mixed Tandoori specials, ranging from n herb marinated chicken to a vibrant red masala marinated prawn was appetizing. The tandoori taste is as one expects, without the overbearing smokiness engulfing the actual marination of the chicken and the prawn.

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A North Indian Thail was served as the mains for the night. Six “katoris” (steel cups) filled nearly to the brim consisted Tadka Cauliflower, the vegetable dish for the thail, to a humble and traditional Daal Tadka with a bang of flavor – cooked to perfection. The Fish Mooli, a famed recipe of Ananta’s Chef shared by his mother was cooked using traditional Chettinad spice. The ingredients for the spice is most often handpicked by the Chef and flown direct to Dubai from India.

The perfections of the cooked mooli fish with the light Chettinad spiced curry base complimented the saffron rice served with the Thali. The Chicken Makhani – butter chicken dish, a North Indian diners favorite pleased the tastebuds as the flavorsome spiced curry coated the boneless chicken which was relished with freshly prepared Indian bread, all prepared in the open-pan kitchen with a view of the Chef’s in action. Lastly, a cup of semi spiced Raita served as a balance to all the spice that the tastebuds savored.

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The sweet tooth cravings were put to rest with a combination of sweets treats. The mini sized Gulab Jamuns, to my favorite a taste of Ras Malai, a coconut based Payasam and a sugary based hard sweet to end a fantastic night.

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A feast of its own proportion leaving me truly satisfied without the guilt feeling at the end of the meal. If you ever fancy Indian food, specifically a North Indian meal, then Ananta will truly look into satisfying those cravings with their in-depth attention and care into preparing and plating an Indian feast.

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Ananta is open only for dinner from 6.30 pm – 11.30 pm (Sunday – Friday.

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