Shangri La Hotel, Trade Centre Area, Trade Centre Area
Indian • Fine Dining • $$
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Junoon, located at the Shagri-La, offers excellent and refined Indian cuisine under the guidance of Michelin-starred restaurateur Rajesh Bhardwaj.
The brand was made famous through its New York sister restaurant which opened in Manhattan in 2010 and quickly received a Michelin star for its breath taking setting, inventive food and exemplary service, all of which are reflected in its Dubai outlet.
The menu is relatively short, but features a range of dishes you’ve probably never come across before. Representing fusion cuisine at its very finest, the choices include a foie gras terrine with smoked peanut chutney and an Atlantic mackerel cooked in banana leaf. The new-age dishes are balanced nicely with more classical options, such as the eggplant chaat, shrimp malai and murgh mirza hasnu. Our recommendation is to make full use of the staff’s extensive knowledge on the menu, who are excellent at explaining what dishes consist of what which choices go well together.
The venue itself is small and charming, with an open kitchen and a bar complimenting the main dining area. The décor consists of chocolate, brown and bronze colors, which are complimented by a golden mural on one wall depicting the Indian Tree of Life. There’s some great spots for a romantic meal tucked away behind some intricately carved wooden frames, reminiscent of an old ancient temple.