Having made its much anticipated return to Dubai’s dining scene, Rang Mahal has long been the jewel of the crown in JW Marriott Marquis Dubai’s award-winning restaurant portfolio. The concept offers diners a mirage of flavours, taking them on a journey through India’s diverse spice route, showcasing the best of each region.
Rang Mahal which translates to ‘Palace of colours’ is true to its name in décor, upon arriving to the restaurant, bold reds, burning ambers and dark browns set a rich and opulent ambience. Large Indian murals are dotted across the walls with carved wooden pillars adding to the bold décor.
The restaurant is expansive and allows us to sit away from other diners, which currently is highly appreciated. We start to look over the menu, the menu offers a range of dishes without overwhelming guests. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian are clearly marked, avoiding any confusion.
I opt to start with the Chit Chat Aur Chat from the vegetarian appetizers, my dining companion is swayed by the Grilled Jumbo Prawns from the non-vegetarian grills section of the menu. Both arrive in good time. The Grilled Jumbo Prawns are presented as three plump perfectly grilled oceanic bounties, finished with a coriander lime marinade, crab salsa and herb oil. A sensational start to our dining experience. The Chit Chat Aur Chat does however steal the limelight, a large scoop of iced dahibhalla cream sits atop of a bed of warm potatoes and gram flour straws. Each bit offers a multitude of flavours and textures, similar to the humble Chaat you are able to taste the sweet and tangy tones, but it’s the iced dahibhalla cream that makes the dish unique and inspiring for our taste buds.
Moving onto the mains we really want to try one of Rang Mahal’s Signature Dishes, eventually we agree on the Butter Poached Lobster. No visit to any Indian restaurant would be complete without an order of…yes, you guessed it…Butter Chicken. Alongside our main dishes we opt for a side of Basmati Rice and Naan Bread.
The glass panel kitchen allows us to view all the culinary theatre in the kitchen as chef and the team meticulously plate each dish. The views from the restaurant are beautiful, with water and city views adding to the relaxing ambience.
We catch sight of our dishes on their way to the table, the aroma arrives before our dishes touch the table. We opt to share the mains and take a small helping of each. Beginning with the Butter Chicken, a chicken tikka base with a creamy tomato fondue, the dish does have a slight spice to the taste. The chicken has been perfectly marinated and when paired with the Basmati Rice makes for a great dining experience. To this point all the food we have tried has been amazing, however the Butter Poached Lobster will go down as one of the best dishes of 2021! Describing this dish as phenomenal would be an understatement. Perfectly poached and flaking off the fork, a creamy mustard sauce, amul cheese, herb oil and just the smallest hint of lemongrass makes this a must order dish. Needless to say, it is finished in a matter of minutes. Not forgetting our Butter Chicken, we scoop every remaining bite with our Naan Bread, ensuring to send an empty plate back to the kitchen, showing chef our appreciation.
Feeling slightly full at the stage we take a few moments to chat between ourselves. Service at Rang Mahal is worth noting, the staff effortlessly breeze to and from each table, not too intrusive but just friendly enough to ensure that you are well catered to.
We conclude our dining experience with a dessert appropriately named ‘Chocolate’ which consists of a bar shaped portion of 55% Valrhona chocolate, finished with passion fruit and vanilla ice-cream, delicious. Interesting fact, Valrhona is some of the world’s finest chocolate which has been produced in the small village of Tain L’Hermitage, France since 1922.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rang Mahal, the cuisine, ambiance, and service all play a role in delivering a five star dining experience and not once were we disappointed. Would we return? Yes, the menu is diverse, and we have already highlighted a few dishes we would return to try, the price point is on par with a five star restaurant in the city and the food? Well that just goes above and beyond our expectations.
Chit Chat Aur Chat, AED 65
Grilled Jumbo Prawns, AED 115
Butter Poached Lobster, AED 295
Butter Chicken, AED 100
Basmati Rice, AED 20
Naan Bread, AED 15
Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai, +971 4 414 0000