Mumtaz Mahal

From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2010Mumtaz Mahal bizarrely shares its name with the woman that the Taj Mahal was dedicated to. Its menu and interior is heavily Rajasthani-influenced and this is where the comparison begins and ends! Housed in the Arabian Courtyard hotel, which itself is steeped in faded grandeur, this is a very atmospheric restaurant; dimly lit with low ceilings, lots of heavily carved wood and ornate brass table features. The food is overall very good, lovingly prepared with expert flair – just don’t expect huge portions, or much change from a Dhs500 note. One fine example is the meen moily – a delicate and mouth-watering stew of hammour fish and coconut leaf. If only you could ask for seconds... The friendly service is faultless. The only disappointment for an otherwise very pleasant evening is the overbearingly loud music, all courtesy of a trio of cross-legged musicians and two dancing sari-clad women. If you can forgive the conversation-killing din, Mumtaz Mahal is a worthy mid-range Indian venue that demands a re-visit.

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