Jumeirah Beach Hotel boasts of some stunning restaurants like Villa Beach, Latitude and the legendary nightclub 360. The newest addition to the list is a Royal Indian restaurant -Naya. Naya serves classic north Indian cuisine in a contemporary fashion with interiors that are vibrant and tastefully done. It took me back to New Delhi back in India, where the flavors are real and the food is made from heart.
Naya offers a beautiful indoor seating and has spectacular outdoors with a direct view of the Burj Al Arab. We started our Royal food journey with their thirst quenching drinks, Gulab Guldasta [AED 45] and East India[AED 45]. The former was a rose flavored drink with fresh mint and apple juice and later had passion fruit and strawberries.
Next, we were served a pretty looking sampler appetizer platter which had Naya’s signature starters-
Kasoori Hara Phool which was the best out of lot had broccoli florets, fenugreek marinade and melted cheese on top. Chicken Tamatari Tikka – succulent tikka with a twist of tomato marinade, India’s street food favorite Dahi Puri Chaat – wheat puffs, chickpeas, spiced yogurt and pomegranate. Chutney Paneer Tikka – melt in the mouth cottage cheese with a pickle marinade and finally the Tandoori Prawns which were chargrilled to perfection.
The mains were also some of Naya’s best dishes.
Butter Chicken [AED115]- Yet another classic preparation, Rich and creamy and a whole lot delicious. Lamb Chops Masala [AED 135] – Yoghurt based gravy with tender lamb. Malai Kofta [AED90]- A dish originated from the Mughlai cuisine which has a rich tomato sauce with creamy vegetable dumplings, my favorite gravy of the evening. Dal Makhani [AED 75] – One of my favorite Daal preparations going extremely well with steamed basmati rice. Lastly, we had the Murg Dum Biryani [AED 115]- Dum Styled cooked boneless chicken thighs with aromatic basmati rice, one of the best I have had recently. All this was served with an Assorted Naan basket consisting of their best bread.
Coming to the desserts, Naya offers some Indian favorites along with homemade ice creams. Our Naya’s Dessert platter had a very interesting combination of Mango Kulfi, Ras Malai and Gulab Jamuns along side 2 of their signature house special ice creams – Yoghurt Jaggery and Gulkand Rose Jam.
Naya is a classy place for good Indian food, a little heavy on the pocket and a calorie bomb but its worth it. Also, they have a Maharaja Feast every Friday afternoon at AED 175 in which you basically order ( from the set menu) as much as you want and it will be freshly prepared and served on your table. Isn’t it great!
Average cost for two: AED 300 (approx.)
Address: 1st Floor, Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Umm Suqeim, Dubai