C is for Carnival, the newest fine dining scene to hit Dubai.
Located in DIFC’s Burj Daman building it’s hard to miss that giant C.
Describing themselves as ‘post modern Indian cuisine’ I was more than excited to see what exactly what Carnival was dishing up.
What I’m Wearing:
Shawl: Roberto Cavalli
Now that the outfit is out of the way lets get inside!
Giant copper trees, black and white wood floor with mismatched colored chairs and menus with balloons on every table you are swallowed whole by the Carnival theme as soon as you step in the door.
Upon taking your seat, the server informs you that your evening will begin with a bubble bath.
They aren’t kidding!
The menu was a fourteen course taster that started out with this little number ‘happy halloween’ a little doughy flat bread filled with pumpkin kulcha.
Of all the dishes this was one of my favorites – the flavor is incredible.
This second smoky number above was an experience of new tastes and textures.
The base is a cacao butter hive (feels almost like a slice of raw honeycomb) topped with an avocado and lime cream.
It’s one of those that you just have to try, I can’t even attempt to describe it too you other than to say while the taste and texture was foreign it was also enjoyable.
Now this one above had one of the most fun presentations, ‘la tomatina beverage soup’
A green glass bottle presented on a bed of ice with a bread stick covered in cheese sticking out the front. A shot glass was given (to hold your breadstick) while you poor the bottle of cold tomato soup (though it looks completely clear as it is made of tomato essence) into a small serving cup. Then you are ready to sip and dip away.
Next up was this little dish – a mix of sweet and salty and creamy and crunchy.
It’s called ‘life is short eat dessert first’ and is made of a jalebi chaat, yogurt mousse, potato and chickpea.
This one was also one of my favorites and reminded me of a starter dish from their first Dubai based restaurant Tresind (my original review here)
The one above (called the Indian fried chicken) was presented in a little straw basket with a single perfectly round bread covered ball.
Which as you can see from the above photo I cut into and only snapped it after (sorry). Inside was a savory sauce with a bit of a kick.
Next it was time to cleanse the pallet with this beautiful Malai baraf.
Made of litchi granita, raspberry rose water and a bit of fresh milk all presented in a carved ice shot glass it was perfectly refreshing with a little sweet hint.
And don’t forget to try the mocktails.
The presentations are just as wow as the foods.
This one above was packed with flavor (and presented in the coolest wooden bowl).
Beautiful prawn wrapped in a palm sugar caramel coating accompanied by a green curry leaf crisp.
This dish packed some serious flavor with a great sweet and sour kick.
Following this was the ‘see food’ a light dish of two beautiful scallops covered in a somewhat tangy and delightful soup.
This dish also scored major points on presentation with the giant sea shell.
This next one, presented in a white porcelain hand, was a little baggy with an orange and kaffir lime popsicle.
This was so refreshing I can’t even begin to explain.
How I wish I could have had this every day during this hot Dubai summer!
It also cleansed the palate again before the arrival of our main (I know – this was quite the menu)
The mains are mix of beautiful savory dishes that will leave you full and satisfied.
With a fish curry presented in the plastic wrap which releases it’s amazing smell when opened by the server.
This was paired with the ‘mutton dressed as lamb’ a fun dish of mutton shaped as a lamb chop and topped with a rich gravy.
A side dish of lentils, flat breads and seasoned rice tied it all together.
Even after all that we still weren’t done.
Next was dessert.
Three different desserts at that.
The first was ‘go bananas’, a toffee banana flavored panacotta (which was amazing) a caramel glazed baked banana and a ilaichi banana ice cream that was ridiculously smooth.
This was followed by beautiful green macarons and a an espresso cup of coffee flavored chocolate with caramelized lotus seeds.
A very sweet end to a wonderful evening.
Carnival officially opens on September 3ed and is an experience not to be missed.
From the food to the drinks to the restaurants overall presentation and knowledgable staff Carnival is a an amazing extension of the well respected Tresind brand.
Location: Burj Daman DIFC
Contact: +971 4 4218665
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