Inviting you to enjoy food and drinks from the hotel’s top restaurants all in one day (including Flow Kitchen, the newly launched Little Miss India, and stations from Frevo and Seagrill restaurant and Lounge), the ‘Egg-streme’ brunch promises a fun family day out, with plentiful food and drinks to choose from. Entertainment such as saxophonist, guitarist and violinist will play tunes whilst you ponder at the different foodie delights, or sit back and take in the Easter-mazing atmosphere. So round up the family, kids, grandparents and more for the ultimate Easter themed family fun day, kids will be over the moon to see a live petting zoo with bunnies, baby goats, parrots and more and there will even be face painting, a magician performing tricks and of course, an Easter-egg hunt with lots of yummy prizes! Access to its Fairmont Falcon Kids club will be provided during the brunch for kids between 18 months and 16years too, with plentiful indoor activities. A map showcasing suggested routes and different stations will be provided at the door and what’s more, you’ll get to end the day with a brunch after party, with a complimentary drink for brunch guests and happy hour at Seagrill Restaurant and Lounge.
I’m a big fan of Indian food. And I simply LOVE LOVE LOVE Little Miss India. I love the setting, the ambience, the décor and above all the utterly divine food!
Named after fictional character Mohini Singh, Little Miss India is designed to take diners on a “journey through her worldly travels, amazing achievements and an eccentric menu”. The restaurant is vibrant, eclectic and fun with a “Tribal Art Taxi” taking centre stage as a bar inside the restaurant and poking its garishly coloured bonnet through the wall and onto the pretty terrace outside. Inside a visually enchanting pretty glasshouse restaurant is adorned with chandeliers and layered plants. Guests can watch the menu unfold by a team of talented chefs at the three tables adjacent kitchen which act rather like chef’s tables where decadent blue velvet booths allow you enjoy an open style kitchen through the transparent glass wall.
To start, the cocktail menu is a knockout! The Bollywood Spritz is a vodka Aperol prosecco with pear and apple juice (lethal) and the Slumdog millionaire is a potent mix of rum, fresh mango and ginger. What’s not to love? There is a large choice of exotic and fragrant mocktails and beverages which are poured from the unconventional bar, alongside an extensive beverage menu. The waiting staff are attentive and knowledgeable on both food and beverages. It turns out that India is more than just sugar cane and paddy fields. Yes, India is home to vineyards as well …. Who knew? The staff managed to tempt me away from my usual choice of antipodean grape and I was delighted to find that Indian wine is actually quite delicious!
A selection of quirky poppadums arrive with three different chutneys in pretty serving bowls – a mint green apple; a tamarind chilli; and a pickled-flavoured yoghurt – all equally addictive. The menu is primarily focused on traditional North Indian dishes starting with appetisers from the charcoal tandoor and soups, moving on to curries, biryanis and breads.
Cooking with only the freshest of ingredients, all spice mixtures, marinades and pickles are ‘house-made’ using traditional preparation techniques. Signature dishes include the ‘Tandoori Ran’, a marinated leg of lamb slow cooked for eight hours and finished in the charcoal tandoor, ‘Dum Biryani’, basmati rice with saffron and spices slow cooked in a sealed clay pot served to the table and a selection of fresh Indian breads including Naan, laccha Paratha and Kulcha varieties. Indian classics are also featured, such as Lamb Rogan Josh and Butter chicken, but also new seafood and vegetable creations such as its spicy shrimp curry with chilli, tamarind and coconut or cauliflower stir-fried with ginger, turmeric and cumin. Kebabs from its large unique charcoal tandoor and griddle shouldn’t be missed.
We started with the Bhatti da Smoked Lamb Chops which was lamb chops smoked in 12 spices and arrived at the table with much fanfare in a jar, exuding fragrant smoke as the jar was opened in front of us. The lamb fell off the bone and was incredibly moreish. The Tandoori Aloo - potatoes stuffed with cashew nuts and raisins was beautifully spiced. Naturally we completely over-ordered and found the Dal Tadka to be light and warming, a classic Butter Chicken must be a contender for the best in Dubai and the Achari Baingan baby aubergine tossed with pickling spices was tangy and tender.
If you have room you can finish with indulgent tasteful Indian deserts namely stuffed ‘Gulab Jamun’, pistachio ‘Kulfi’ and coconut influenced ‘Crème Brulee’ or some Traditional digestive syrup sorbets.
The service and setting were both exemplary. And the bill…. Well I was expecting it to be higher. I can’t wait to return!