Indian food done right: Kinara by chef Vikas Khanna opens in Dubai

Innovative flavour combinations make the JA Lake View eatery a must-visit

Chef, author and filmmaker Vikas Khanna's highly anticipated Indian restaurant Kinara has opened its doors in Dubai.

The restaurant, described as a "journey of the senses and an explosion of flavour", opened in the JA Lake View Hotel on Wednesday, October 2.

Khanna was one of the first Indian chefs to bag a Michelin star for his New York restaurant Junoon – a now-closed outpost of which used to be housed at Shangri-La Dubai. Khanna’s culinary prowess is demonstrated by the lack of overlap between Junoon and Kinara’s 50-plus dish menus – even the breads and biryanis are different.

At Kinara, the ever-innovative Khanna offers an array of Indian dishes that combine his love for subtlety and spice in mouth-watering ways.

A look at Kinara's menu

Menu highlights include the shakarkandi ki chaat - a tangy Indian street food - made of sandalwood-smoked sweet potato with cumin labneh and a strawberry-ginger dressing, and baked yogurt dahi ke kebab with medjoul dates, turmeric aioli.

Other interesting items include chicken momos served with a tomatillo olive salsa - a rare find in Indian fine-dining restaurants - and intriguingly, kunafa and sesame-crusted scallops with brown butter.

Main course offerings include classics like dal makhani and aloo-gobi dishes, alongside chicken berry biryani and boondi raita with refreshing pomegranate, and succulent tandoori lamb chop with mash.

Feast at Kinara by Vikas Khanna. Courtesy JA Resorts & Hotels

Seafood lovers will be tempted by the sea bass with spiced almond sauce and yellow mustard caviar, while vegetarians can opt for the cottage cheese roulade with a rich pistachio filling and tomato-clove sauce.

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