Today’s blogpost is going to all about food, decor, hospitality, fusion and what makes Peppermill – what it is today. We stumbled upon this restaurant while exploring the new extension of the Festival City Mall, here in Dubai and it took us by surprise to see an Indian restaurant as a part of their extension project.
Ever since our first dine – in experience, this has been our top choice for casual dining. The decor is welcoming spaced out to an extended terrace that overlooks the lights, music and laser show that takes place during the evenings and the backdrop of the entire skyline of Downtown Dubai. Your in for a touristy feel for sure. The decor and the cuisine both are inspired by the Colonial India. Cozy seating with rustic, contemporary Indian and Arabian touches sum up the decor at Peppermill.
For starters, we were served with a bite size portion of Malabar parantha(fried bread) topped with pickled chickpeas – quite a tangy and spicy combo. Well, this was just the start and little did we know that its is going to be raining starters soon.
Up next was an Arabian fav – Fattoush Salad. A mix of greens that was perfectly curated with cucumber ribbons and tossed with sumac and honey dressing. A great pick me up salad and one of our favs from the list of Salads.
From the soup counter we tried the Peppermill Lentil Broth and Chicken Saffron soup. The lentil soup took us by surprise as it had mini idlis that tasted brilliant and added that coastal flavor to the soup. On the other hand, the chicken soup had fried chicken dumplings with the aroma of saffron and mustard seeds. It was in a meal in itself and the taste was spot on.
They say “you first eat with your eyes, and then with your mouth”. Stands quite true to the well curated food at Peppermill and I’m only astounded as to how can they literally nail each dish on the menu. Adding on to the list of starters – the chaat platter is die for! It is a real treat and a trip down to the streets of New Delhi where street food is what people live for. Loved the Yogurt chaat with fried spinach, Samosas, Channe, Dahi Bhalle, Deep Fried Potatoes and the ever so gorgeous Pani – Puri. I hope I got you guys tempted enough…:) All you foodies out there know what I’m talking about!
Kataifi Prawns are a chef’s recommendation and this is an innovative one for sure. An arabian delight perfectly and delicately prepared with Indian and continental flavors. The crispy prawns are topped with pomegranate and mango salsa which does the trick. The salad on the side is great to break the monotony and goes well with the prawns.
Kalipong Chicken Shujiao – from the Chinese cuisine is also a part of the menu. If spice and dumplings is your thing then this will be right up your street. As we were tasting the food on a rainy day – there was nothing more I could ask for. Absolutely distinct and a very different dish to try.
By now we were about 80% done with our appetites and only could stretch a tiny bit further to try out the rest of the stuff. The first on the menu was Ghorkha Chicken.
Amalgamation of the right blend of spices – more inclined towards a peppery finish. This dish tasted great. The texture is semi dry so you might want to add some yellow/black lentil to accompany with(if you like). A Nepalese style chicken that has a distinct peppery taste – one to remember for sure!
Nalli Rogan Josh was made to perfection and couldn’t have tasted better. The taste was bang on and extremely falovourful with a burst of spices and the meat that was succulent and cooked delicately. Tasted fabulous with a portion of butter naan and the gravy was made to statify each taste bud. Onion and tomatoes in perfect harmony.
Matar Paneer was my favourite from the list of Main course as this was not any regular matar paneer. The peas were baked and you have to cut through to taste the surprise. Loved the taste with the lababdar gravy that was quite creamy and tasted brilliant with the matar paneer. I absolutely liked the dollop of yogurt on the top. I think it adds a great deal to the overall taste and enhances the consistency of the dish. The presentation deserves a moment of appreciation as I haven’t personally seen anything of this sort before. The papadums added the crunchy bit!
Desserts & Drinks
Fresh, exotic, summery and tangy are the words that first came to mind when I tried the drinks out. I honestly, wanted to take a holiday right then. These are an absolute must try: Orange ginger mojito and the coconut curry leaves mojito
Innovation at its best and I’m not high on beverages when I got out to dine-in as I believe they fill me up but these have totally gained the brownie points from me for their taste is unforgettable.
Last but not the least, the quintessential dessert platter was just the way we would love to end our journey to a world of Indian delicacies at Peppermill. The coconut cream and pepper corn panacotta deserves a special mention as this is a magical dessert. OMG! You totally have to try it to believe it. Love the texture of the panacotta that is oh so gorgeous and the hint of spice topped with a berry and apricot compote is the cherry on the cake in the true sense of the word. The best dessert award goes to – Peppermill!!! The gulab jamun and ras malai are excellent and I love the fact that the gulab jamun are topped with a dash of mandarin dry rabri.
A word from Chef Sohan Bhandari:
When asked what is your signature dish on the menu, he passionately answered, “every dish is signature on our menu”. I can vouch for his words and the brilliance that him and his team bring on the table is beyond words. Every dish is prepared with the same passion and the hunger to serve better each day. He comes with an excellent background of working at prestigious properties in India and is now showcasing his work of art and taste at Peppermill Dubai Festival City. Special thanks to the restaurant manager – Abhishek and his team for their hospitality.
*What I highly recommend trying??
- Chaat platter, Kalimpong Chicken Shujiao and Kataifi prawns
- Matar Paneer and Nalli Rogan Josh
- Coconut Cream and Peppercorn Panacotta
Peppermill Dubai Festival City, 1st Floor, New Extention
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