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Top 5 Best Indian Restaurants

With so many great Indian restaurants in town sometimes the choice can be daunting. However, we’ve rounded up the top 5 best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi. Our decision was based on food quality, ambience, service and overall experience.

Punjab Grill 
Set in the stunning Venetian Village Punjab Grill takes you on a culinary journey into the grandeur of undivided Punjab. The experience is an exploration of the extraordinary diversity of the frontier region’s food and the rich influences of Pathani, Punjabi and Haryanvi cuisine. Signature bites include tawa scallops, salmon tikka, chaamp taajdar (signature braised and char grilled lamb chops), raan-e-sikandari (cinnamon and cardamom flavoured whole lamb leg), coconut prawns and karavali lobster. Renowned across the Indian subcontinent for gourmet fine dining and with restaurants worldwide, its presence in Venetian Village has been an enormous success.  If you are looking for a fusion of Indian cuisine, set in sophisticated décor with canal views, look no further than Punjab Grill.
Punjab Grill, Venetian Village, 02 449 9839

Tamba 
Since its launch, Tamba has been the place to see and be seen. The décor is stunning, its loft-style setting makes this venue perfect for drinks or dinner. The menu features an ingenious reinterpretation of the flavours of the subcontinent, with a contemporary twist.
Tamba’s dishes combine the finest seasonal ingredients with a precise, exquisite technique and beautiful presentation. The menu encourages sharing and experimentation, retaining the social aspect of traditional Indian dining. What makes Tamba standout from other Indian restaurants are the desserts. Themed around a story of love and heartbreak we can guarantee that these desserts will be a talking point.
Tamba, The Hub at The Mall, Level 6, World Trade Centre, 02 672 8888

Ushna 
A longstanding favourite, if you’ve lived in Abu Dhabi long enough you’ve dined at Ushna at some point. Ushna has one of the best locations in the city with a beautiful terrace offering scenic views of Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, creating a truly distinct ambience ideal for a relaxing meal. Renowned and highly respected architect and interior designer Steve Leung created the modern and stylish interiors. Ushna has a range of specialty dishes to suit each guest’s discerning taste, from appetizers to desserts. The tandoor specialties on offer will entice you, succulent dishes marinated with the perfect blend of herbs and spices will most certainly delight your palate. Be sure to try the Ushna tandoor sampler.
Ushna, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, 02 558 1769

Angar 
This chic Indian restaurant is located at the plush Yas Viceroy Abu Dhabi. Angar proudly offers diners a unique approach to Indian cuisine. Taking traditional Indian flavours and spices and giving them a deliciously modern twist. Specialities include marinated meats and seafood all rich in flavour, served directly from the tandoor with the freshest naan and roti. The restaurants décor is stylish, as would be expected from Yas Viceroy. The team are courteous and knowledgeable, helpful if it’s your first visit. For starters try the saffron coconut scallops, one of our favourite dishes in the city.
Angar, Yas Viceroy, 02 656 0600

Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor  
Celebrity Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has his restaurant, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor located in Nation Galleria on the Corniche. Describing his food as ‘art on a plate’ we couldn’t agree more. This talented Chef has created a menu that is authentic to its core but dazzled in his signature creative flair. The restaurants décor is traditional but with a modern influence. The view across the Corniche and Arabian Gulf are stunning, especially in the evening. We would tell you what dishes you should try, but honestly every single dish we have ever tried has been spectacular. Our advice, try as many dishes as you can.
Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor, Nation Galleria, 02 666 4343

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