Peppermill has been around in the UAE serving some great Indian food and with their outlet newly opened in Dubai Festival City, they have now moved to the next level. The concept of each area being decorated in a particular style – called a Darbar, the antique yet modern interiors, the excellent service and some really awesome food gives to you a great experience on this place.
With lovely indoor seating and also a balcony type seating overlooking the Water Front. I was here for their Ramadan Iftar preview and I should tell you that it is definitely lead to food coma with such an extensive menu and is definitely worth the price. The Ramadan set menu is priced at Dhs. 150 per person. They have both Veg and Non.veg options in their set menu.
Kiran showed us around the place and gave us details of the concept and the food. She also ensured that we were comfortable through out the meal. Chef Yogesh did come over to check for feedback on the food and also to provide us insights on how some of the dishes were inspired. The staff are extremely helpful. Eldho the Restaurant Manager also came around to ensure that we were enjoying the experience.
You start the meal or break your fast with small shots of Jalab, Rose Milk, Mango Lassi, a bowl of dates and water. The drinks are good thirst quenchers and are Ramadan regulars.
Then followed the Tomato Shorba served very differently with butter poached vegetables, raisin ratatouille and pao crisps. The tomato and coriander soup is then poured on it. The taste of butter enhances the flavour of the soup and the veggies with pao crisps gave a great taste to the soup.
Its great to have some greens before binging A fusion salad follows with mixed lettuce, cucumber cut like ribbons, red-radish, tomato, char grilled peppers beetroot, pao crisps and feta. The salad is served with a great sumac and honey balsamic dressing.
It was then the turn of the amazing line up of starters. I would like to warn you now to go slow on the starters as the mains are delicious as well. We started with the “The Nest”, a masala pea crusted chicken dumplings with a cheesy center and the Balai Ka Jhinga, char grilled tiger prawns marinated in home churned malai. This was from the non-veg starters. There were great starters in the vegetarian small plates as well. There were the Aloo Tikkis, something very different than the regular aloo ticks. These ones had sago crust on them crisp fried. There was also the Karare Palak Chaat. Chaat is always welcome for Iftar and this one is a great selection with homemade spinach and potato chips with ginger, pomegranate, tamarind, and coriander chutney. The chips were crunchy and tasted great with the chutney drizzled on it.
More starters followed with a Kabab platter that has a grilled prawn, chicken tikka, korma chaap, ajwaini fish and Portuguese grilled potato. In the Vegetarian kabab platter there is a nawab paneer tikka, tandoori mustard cauliflower, soya bean kebab and Portuguese grilled potato I enjoyed all of them and the grilled potato were irresistible and we indulged in them. All the kebabs are well marinated and grilled to perfection.
If you still have place in your stomach after eating all of this, the great mains follow. There is the Butter Chicken and the Nalli Roganjosh and the Paneer makhanwala and Kadhai vegetables in the veg. The Butter Chicken and Paneer Makhanwala are really buttery and are very creamy. The Nalli Roganjosh is finger-licking good – soft and tender well cooked with awesome flavour. Here’s a big shout out to meat lovers. You will love this one. The Kadhai vegetables were great as well.
In both the Veg and Non-veg menu, the Jeera aalo and the Dal Makhani come as standard dishes. The jeera aalo was spicy, tangy and really nice. The dal again was creamy and really buttery and was very well cooked. These were served with a basket of breads. The parathas were excellent and went very well with the gravy.
There is then the Biryani – Chicken Biryani and the Veg. Biryani. The biryani is cooked awadhi style and has a great flavour and aroma that it you just can’t resist not eating it. This was served with mix vegetable raita.
A great end to the meal with a dessert platter – we were served Gulab Jamun, Rasmalai and Baklava. The desserts were fab. We enjoyed the Gulab Jamun and Rasmalai without even blinking an eye.
Peppermill blew my mind at the preview of the supremely extensive and delicious Ramadan Set menu. Thank you team Peppermill for the excellent food and service. Your Ramadan menu is definitely outstanding !