The annual Hindu festival of lights, Diwali, is coming up.
Houses will be decorated with lamps and candles, prayers will be recited, sweets and gifts will be exchanged. And if you want to make it a little more special then a nice meal with family and friends will do the trick.
You don’t have to struggle finding a place. We’ve done the work for you.
1. Naya, Jumeirah Beach Hotel
In addition to its vibrant decor and incredible views of Burj Al Arab from its terrace, the North Indian restaurant will offer diners traditional curries and sizzling meats cooked with aromatic spices. Chef Pravish Shetty’s special menu for the occasion includes vegetarian dishes such as sago pearl cutlets, raw banana dumplings, lemon pulao and bottle gourd fudge.
Until 30 October; for more information call 04 432 3232.
2. MAHEC, Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Celebrations begin early with MAHEC offering a Diwali-special Friday brunch from AED 149 onwards. If you’re looking for something to do on the day, it has you covered with its four-course set menu offering dishes such as malai broccoli seekh, dal bukhara, vegetarian korma and traditional desserts like gulab jamun and kulfi. The set menu costs AED 155 (vegetarian) and AED 165 (non-vegetarian).
28 and 30 October; for more information call 04 702 2615.
3. Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai
Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia’s restaurant won’t be offering a special menu for Diwali but diners can still enjoy star dishes such as the seafood trilogy, kokum sea bass and dal maharani on the day.
Available everyday; for more information call 04 317 6000.
4. Spice & Ice, JLT
This is your best bet if you’re a party animal. You get a three-course menu of fabulous food and unlimited house beverages from 8pm to midnight. They’ve also thrown in Bollywood tunes to ensure you get moving. The venue will stay open until 3am.
28 and 29 October; for more information call 04 421 1356.
5. Chor Bazaar, Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
The award-winning restaurant will transform itself into a market with stations serving diners street faves such as kathi roll and spicy meat dishes. Oil lamps and marigold flowers will add to the festive ambience. Prices start from AED 180 per person.
30 October; for more information call 04 444 5613.
6. Mint Leaf of London, DIFC
The swanky DIFC spot is serving a special menu for Diwali that’s priced at AED 249 per person. Dishes include a chaat platter (Indian street food), fennel seed hamour and chicken tikka.
30 October; for more information call 04 706 0900.
7. Patiala, Souk Al Bahar
Expect your Diwali dinner to be an extremely indulgent affair with a set menu of four starters, four mains and two desserts on your table. It is priced at AED 195 per person, food only.
Available until 30 October; for more information call 04 4519151.