Review: Rasoi by Vineet
One of India’s most celebrated chefs brings a new concept to Abu Dhabi…
There’s a new celebrity chef in town, and he’s bringing a little fun to Indian cuisine. Following his popular Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House Dubai, and Indya by Vineet at Dubai’s Le Meridian Beach Resort & Spa, the multi-award-winning Vineet Bhatia has now opened Rasoi by Vineet at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers.
It feels special from the first steps inside. The decor is beautiful: bright blue accent walls paired with pops of powder pink and burnt orange, a brass, cushioned swing at the entrance, and a giant mural of Bhatia’s face are among the Insta-worthy highlights.
As for the food, things got off to a smashing start with two fabulous appetisers. The koyla prawns (Dhs80), were beautifully tender, encased in a crisp, charcoal exterior and offset perfectly with a slightly spicy tomato-pea tapioca. More fun, but equally delicious, are the chicken snowballs (Dhs75). Why has no one thought to encase perfectly spiced minced chicken in basmati rice? It’s the perfect, all-in-one meal.
We also tucked into one of Bhatia’s signature dishes – the tandoori-smoked mustard salmon tikka, served with a refreshing cucumber dill raita (Dhs80). Buttery, tender spicy goodness.
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As for mains, the coastal prawns (Dhs130) were tender and juicy, but the stew is what we are still dreaming about, an out-of-this-world mix of coconut, kaffir lime and roasted red chillies. Just get some extra naan to soak up the ‘gravy’, and worry about calories another time.
Don’t skip the high-end biryani, either. Dum parda murgh (Dhs135) featured soft and fragrant chicken under a flaky crust, layered with dry fruits and fresh mint. Filling and fabulous and best to share.
For dessert, we couldn’t resist another of Bhatia’s famous concoctions: the chocomosa (Dhs75). A crisp samosa shell is the perfect casing for the melty chocolate-hazelnut chikki delice inside, and the caramelised nuts and chocolate mousse topped with a saffron-infused jalebi is like two desserts in one.
Normally we are not fans of kulfi, the dense, creamy Indian form of ice cream, or rose as a food flavouring, but we took a stab at it and somehow every last bite of Bhatia’s kulfi konnection (Dhs50) disappeared too.
Jumeirah at Etihad Towers, Abu Dhabi. Sun to Thur noon to 3pm; 7pm to 11pm. Fri and Sat 1pm to 4pm. Tel: (02) 4474848. rasoibyvineetad.com