And I am back, with yet another review and this time I’ve gone HIGH-END ;). Yes, this time I thought I’d loosen the purse strings a little bit and so I found myself in this lovely, luxuriously decorated restaurant called ‘Carnival, one of the latest offerings by Tresind.
CARNIVAL BY TRESIND in Dubai Financial center neighborhood is the epitome of a special-occasion restaurant
It begins with the ambience. The moment we stepped in, we were welcomed by warm bubbly fountain. The interiors are done so well there is an expert blend of traditional and contemporary design. The staff at Carnival are a passionate bunch, who are no strangers to high standards and have made great efforts to create a sense of luxury across every aspect of the dining experience. Carnival has an innovative dining concept that ensures new menus every month as well as their concepts.
Now, onto the food. As part of the tasting session, we had opted for the 15 course ( yes, you heard that right! F-I-F-T-T-E-E-N course) meal, and while we had that on the way, we were served with our bartender choice mocktails: berry mix for me and mango-passionfruit for my partner.
And then one by one, the courses began to arrive.
The starters itself consisted of 4 courses beginning with Bombay chutney sandwich along with pink Pani-Puri in a test tube shaped glass (reminding me of chem lab’s back in school) .
This was followed with Dahi Vada with fried lentil dumplings, immersed in sweetened yoghurt and garnished with pomegranate seeds.
Then came Wenger’s – Wenger’s are nothing but boiled egg topped with a single parsi shami-kebab laid in green leaf presented on a wooden palette (such a visual treat, that all I did was take pictures instead of eating :P).
After that came the Dragon prawns: Nepalese Wai-Wai wrapped prawns, with chilled cucumber and it’s that tender and yummy, and I’m still craving for it.
Next, we had the chef arrive at our table with a live station to make “Into the wild” with Prawns and tenderloin cooked on Himalayan salt slab with chilli garlic oil. All of these flavors, melted deliciously into our mouths leaving us craving for more.
They did serve us a Strawberry Murabba as a “break” between the courses but we were least interested in that as we couldn’t wait to move on to the main course. Infact, our impatience forced us to request the server to bring all of our main courses together.
For the main course we had Kothu Paratha, a very contemporary version at that, along with tenderly cooked chicken kurma gravy garnished with tomato and chilli.
There was ‘pind di khana (i.e. Traditional sarson ka saag, butter roti with chutney ), Jhinga-la-la (i.e. grilled prawns served in an earthen pot , goan shack curry with rice bread ) and finally Azuramandi family picnic. The Azuramandi is basically a picnic box with dishes individually packed in closed jars and wrapped in a picnic box consisting of poori, aloo jeera, chana masala, cucumber raita and mango pickle.
Finally, it was time for the desserts to roll in and boy did they jazz it up! We were served fresh Fruit custard with ice cream. A small bowl of identically sized crunchy toasted fruits with caramelized pineapple and a mango sorbet with a berry compote flavor that instantly hits your mouth.
To add on we had ‘Milk and Cookie’ (a set of mawa cake, burnt pineapple, cinnamon icecream, little heart cookies with layered cake) and end it with the Indian donut (i.e. Shahi Tukda donut, condensed milk, saffron foam and baba elaichi ) . All three desserts come in medium- big portions and easily be shared among 4 people.
On the whole it was quite an experience, and you would need a solid 3 hours to truly enjoy the meal. ‘Getting more than you pay for’ is such an important principle in the Indian culture that we probably should find a way to include it in our national anthem. However, when it comes to the price, Carnival does a good job making the case that it is worth the extravagance, with a menu that is notionally Indian.
WHERE: Podium Level, Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai
SERVING TIME : 12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 7 PM to 11:30 PM
PRICE RANGE: AED 600+ for two people (average)
NOISE LEVEL: Low
VEGETARIAN: Yes, Plenty
GLUTEN-FREE: Some dishes
RESERVATIONS: Yes, highly recommended
BAR: Wine, beer, cocktails, mocktails
WHEELCHAIR ACCESS: Yes
RATING : EXCELLENT
BOTTOM LINE: When all the pieces fall into place, as they often do, it is easy to see why Carnival has earned its reputation as a destination for a little glitzy celebration.
Ratings follow this scale and take into consideration food, atmosphere, service, value and type of restaurant
Chronicles of a Food Junkie….!!!