Dubai has Umpteen number of Indian restaurants and it’s pretty difficult to stand out in this crowd. Mahec, a chic Indian restaurant and lounge located in Le Meridian on the Airport road just manages to do that. Mahec is one of the few restaurants which has a international vibe to it but the heart is Indian. The place is well done with trendy interiors.
As per tradition in most Indian restaurants, we had roasted papad and some standard Indian condiments on our tables. This may seem trivial but always scores brownie points. We started our session with our amuse-bouche, Dahi puri with a Jaleera shot. Next up we had our appetizers tray which was an assortment of Mahec’s best starters. We had the Suva Macchi, Makhmali Murg Tikka, Traditional Murg Tikka, Paneer Asparagus roll and Malai Broccoli. I couldn’t complain much about anything as the starters were really good. I loved the Suva Macchi which is a dill flavored fish and the Paneer Asparagus Roll has ground asparagus in a Paneer roll.
Magic also has a full-fledged bar and can whip up some amazing drinks. We absolutely loved their Cocktails section and were very excited to try a few. Mahec Affair – A pleasant mixture of vodka, grenadine, cranberry juice and sour mix.Whiskey Infusion – A nice herb and honey flavored Whiskey drink, satisfying! Chilli Mojito – Spiked up with chili this has a very desi twist to the Cuban classic. Dubai Night – a heady 5 spirit drink that is going to satisfy your alcoholic soul, not kidding! All their signature cocktails are priced at AED 69.
Before heading to the mains, we were also offered a palate cleanser which was a beautiful lychee sorbet with rose foam. Our next course was again an interesting tray of Mahec’s signature main served with an assorted naan basket. Dal Makhani, Goan Fish Curry, Kadhai Paneer, Chonki Sabzi and Chicken Biryani served with Raita. Pretty difficult to pick my favorites from these, everything was so delicious. Their Dal Makhani is the best I have had in a very long time.
After such amazing food we wanted to finish it off with some desserts and Chef Asif just had the right sweet treats in mind for us. The Indian classics – Rasmalai and Kulfi were on our table just as we finished our main courses but the dessert that stole the show was the Bombay Pudding– Mahec’s creation of a pudding loaded with Walnut brownie, gulab jamun and a cardamom flavored milk custard. I would recommend Mahec for all the Indian food lovers out there. It’s one the few Indian restaurants which get all the things right.
Average cost for two: AED 400 (Approx.) with alcohol
Address: Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai