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Feb 07 2016

Ashiana, by Vineet

What an experience, what an incredible evening and journey through India, while being in Dubai. We recently had the chance to enjoy dinner at Ashiana, by Vineet located in the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers. We made our reservation for the 3 of us, online a couple of days before our visit and could not wait for the night of our dinner to come. We heard so much about the hidden juvenile, Ashiana by Vineet and were excited about reviewing it.

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The dinner was planned for 7:30 pm and we were not the only guests when arriving at Ashiana. Mr.Sajesh, the restaurant manager welcomed us in the restaurant and offered us a table in the centre. It was beautiful; from the decor to the atmosphere and the overall first impression about the restaurant.

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We were served Pappads with two different dips while waiting for our beverages to be served. Mr.Sajesh and his supervisor took great care of us from the start to the end. They initially took us through the a la carte menu, however, we had difficulties deciding what we wanted to taste. Everything sounded more than appealing. Due to the fact that we could not decide about what to try, we asked the Chef to prepare a few of his highlights for us.

It took a few minutes only until we received our first course: a welcome from the kitchen.

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Vegetable samosa, with chickpeas and sweetened yoghurt, served with tamarind chutney and sev sprinkle. What a prelude!

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The amuse bouche was followed by a selection of starters such as: Lamb kebab, filled with masala cheese; coriander mint -chutney chicken tikka and roasted pine nuts; and chargrilled home-made pickled jumbo prawns.

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It was delicious and Chef Vipin Kala himself came out of his kitchen to check on us. We congratulated him and his team for the amazing creations and thanked him for taking us through India – on culinary bases.

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Chef Vipin was pleased about our compliments and ensured us to pass them on to his team too. He furthermore offered us to prepare a few mains to share for the next course of our dinner, and went back to the kitchen with a smile; leaving behind three very happy and curious guests.

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As said, one course followed the other, and we enjoyed every single bite of it. While waiting for the main course selection, the Indian life band started to perform. Due to the fact that our table was right in the centre, we had the best view of the four talented performers and enjoyed listing to their songs. The picture below shows the two singers; a great couple.

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It was a wonderful evening; we felt looked after, happy and satisfied and were astonished by the culinary adventure Ashiana’s team offered us. Minutes after the starters were removed from the table, Chef Vipin continued sending out more food for us to try. We were offered a selection of his main course favourites, accompanied with typical Indian bread:

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The chicken was tender, the fish was fresh and the prawns tasted wonderful along with the vegetables. It was a feast of taste – explosions; especially once we mixed the sauces and fresh yoghurt and dipped the Pista Peshwari Naan (filled with pistachio and coconut) into it.

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The highlight of all mains, however, was the Biryani served and presented by the restaurant’s number two, himself. He presented the Biryani in such an elegant way, that it was great watching him opening the pastry lid of the dish. His way of cutting the pastry resembled a celebration of joy and pride.

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There is no dinner without desserts – that is for sure, and so we were happy to taste even more culinary highlights to enhance our gustatory sense towards the end of the evening.

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The combination of pistachio, rose water, coconut, caramel and cardamom were incredible, just like the overall experience at Ashiana itself. We were excited about the culinary adventure around India and simply had to take the time, sharing this experience with all of you.

If you do have the chance to visit the restaurant, please do so! We are 100% sure that Mr.Sajesh, and his team will look after every single one of you, as much as they looked after us. We would like to thank all of you for the great efforts and the wonderful time – and yes, we will be back very soon!

A wonderful day to all of you, SE @chefvineet!

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