I was totally psyched when I found out that I’d be dining at Jodhpur soon. Located in Roda Al Marooj, Downtown, the restaurant is considered one of the finest in Dubai for modern Indian cuisine – its menu curated by the award-winning chef Pradeep Khullar. The first thing you notice about the restaurant is its ambience, and its interiors resemble a palace with minimal lighting that makes it perfect for a date. Once we were seated comfortably, we were greeted by the restaurant’s executive chef, Khullar, who talked us through the cuisine’s theme and his inspiration behind designing Jodhpur’s menu.
Our meal started off with Jeera Khari, which is a puffed pastry usually served during tea time across India. But at Jodhpur, it was served with a twist of herb yoghurt. The Khari was crispy and flaky and went very well with the yoghurt dip. Next came in the amuse-bouche, which was a fusion of an Indian chaat in a French macaron. The Macaron chaat is served on a bicycle, and its very first bite explodes familiar Indian chaat flavours before ending on a tangy, chewy note. We were expecting some unique fusion dishes as starters and we got exactly that! First came in the Laban Ricotta Kabab With Rose Ash. Put simply, the concept seems to be inspired by a fried ice cream – cold hung yoghurt and ricotta stuffed inside a batter encrusted with roasted rose petals. I liked this quirky combination, especially since it pretty much tasted like a dahi bhalla.
Next up was the Desi Pesto Kabab with Raisin Malai and Popcorn Chutney. It looked similar to a hara bhara kabab but wasn’t even remotely the same – this was a delicate cream cheese kabab with a coriander pesto kick. Delicious! Chicken And Chestnut Kulcha with Sumac Laban were the next to come in; this ball-shaped dough was stuffed with chicken tikka and chestnuts and spiced before being cooked in tandoor. The Beef Short Ribs with Aam Papad Glaze is a crispy beef cooked in a reduction of aam papad and tamarind, and the Pan Grilled Nimbu Jhinga with Beet Carpaccio is a scrumptious dish of grilled tiger prawns in a lemon pickle marination. Before the mains came through, we were served a palate cleanser in miniature hawkings cooker; it was an ice popsicle called the Mango Cranberry and Kaffir Lime Sorbet. I loved the tangy sweet flavour and it was presented very well.
Our mains included the Kheema Pygmy Pao with Masala Hari Mirch, and for me, this was the highlight of the night. Minced lamb meat spiked up with chilly, served with thinly sliced radishes and chopped onion alongside miniature pao on skewers. The lamb was soft and delicious – almost creamy. I’m coming back to Jodhpur soon just for the kheema. The Murg Maska in Butter Gravy – not different from butter chicken – was a little too sweet for my taste, but the dish looked rich and was creamy. Faux Dal Makhani was, again, a classic creamy makhani dal with a twist, where moong dal was the hero instead of the urad dal that is typically used to cook this dish. I’d say the dal is best served with fluffy basmati rice or the Chur Chur Kulcha. The Chur Chur Kulcha is a flatbread cooked with cottage cheese and spices, cooked in a tandoor, and crushed into bite-sized pieces.
Jodhpuri Kadhi was also on the menu, and this was another favourite for us! A spinach-stuffed khandvi panko was fried and dipped in the classic dahi kadhi. The resultant flavour was a fresh take on the regular kadhi pakoda. We were stuffed by the end of this feast, but who leaves a restaurant without desserts? So in came the Saffron Jalebi with Mascarpone Rabdi and Gold Dust. The dish was served in the shape of a tree, with jabeli’s hanging like its branches – these jalebis were good but I would have loved if they were a bit warmer.
Our final dish was the Peanut Butter Brule Served with Caramelized Banana, which was an average dish compared to the others, especially since the flavour of peanut butter was overpowering for the palate. But all and all, my experience at Jodhpur was great and I really enjoyed it. The food was delicious and well-presented and I’d definitely recommend this place.
Average cost for two: AED 600 (approx.)
Address: Roda Al Murooj, Downtown Dubai, Dubai