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Family Eats: Diwali Menu at BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana

Diwali, the festival of lights, is celebrated with great fervor back home in India. It is associated with rich food and lots of traditional sweets. We had a little preview of the festivities when we tried the special Diwali set menu at The Gallery restaurant located in BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana, Dubai. We have been the restaurant before (read my review of their regular menu), but looked forward to trying Indian cuisine this time.

The three-course set menu lets you choose a starter, main course, and dessert from among 3-4 choices. We tried small servings of each of the dishes on the Diwali menu to share our tasting experience.

For starters, we had the Vegetable Pakoras, Vegetable Samosa, and Shammi Kabab. Tomato Soup is another option among starters, but we skipped it as we had already ordered some mocktails. The pakoras, fried in chickpea flour batter, were crispy, and served with a variety of chutneys and condiments. The chicken shammi kababs were as soft as they should be, as they are made with cooked meat that has been ground.


The choices in main course are Chicken Biryani, Mixed Kebab Platter, Paneer Butter Masala, and Navratan Korma, The biryani rice was fragrant, and the dish was served in a layered style with chicken masala. Along with raita (yogurt salad) and papad, it tasted great.


The kebab platter was satisfying too - with lamb chops, chicken tikka, seekh kabab and a vegetarian kabab made with potatoes and peas.


The navartan korma is a mixed vegetable curry that's creamy. We liked how it was mildly spiced, and had it with plain steamed rice, and some parathas. Going by it's name, I was expecting the Paneer Butter Masala to be a rich curry, but it was more like a stir fry with an onions-tomatoes masala base.


A mention must be made of their excellent mocktails. I had ordered the Rose Lemonade which had a not-too-strong rose flavour My husband tried the Mint Fresca, also a refreshing drink with lemon and mint.

For Little Dude, we ordered a la carte from their children's menu, which has quite a few items for little ones. He had the fish fingers with fries and tartar sauce, and was quite happy with it.

On to dessert, on the menu are Ras Malai, Gulab Jamun, and Gajar Halwa. Ras Malai is a milk based sweet, while gulab jamun is a sweet dumpling, and gajar halwa is carrot pudding. After the lovely meal, I would have liked to see more rich desserts, or Indian sweets to choose from. The Gajar Halwa tasted the best, and was most like the home made variety.


Head Chef Rimon and Chef Azeem did a good job of giving us a taste of the festival, and if you're looking for the same this Diwali, now you know where to find it!

The Diwali Set Menu at The Gallery, BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is priced at AED 69 per person, including water and a soft drink. The menu will be available from November 9 to 12, and on November 15 for lunch and dinner. 

To make a booking, or for more details on The Gallery, visit their website, call them on 04- 508 7833  or email [email protected] They are open from 6.30 am to 11 pm from Sunday to Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, they are open from 6.30 am to 1 pm. To see The Gallery’s current promotions, click here.

BurJuman Arjaan by Rotana is located next to the BurJuman Centre, and is also accessible from the S3 level of the shopping mall.


We were invited to review The Gallery, but all views and opinions are my own.
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