Restaurant review: Chef's Table at Roobaru
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Restaurant review: Chef’s Table at Roobaru

Restaurant review: Chef’s Table at Roobaru

The homegrown Indian restaurant Roobaru, is nestled near the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai

Zubina Ahmed
Chef's Table at Roobaru

Serving classic Indian fare with a modern twist, the homegrown restaurant Roobaru, is nestled near the Burj Khalifa in Downtown Dubai. Hersh Suri, a Kenyan-born chef who worked in London and Dubai, is the brains behind the restaurant. The dishes are crafted by chef Gaurav Yadav who has worked at several award-winning restaurants.

With the Chef’s Table experience available every Monday for two seatings only, the menu brings together some of India’s favourite dishes with an elevated ten-course menu. Curated from its very own fire pit, chef Gaurav has created a contemporary menu with contrasting textures, fresh flavours and a wide range of sweets and zingy bites.

This dining space welcomes you with tones and aesthetics from the Indian heartland as soon as you step inside. Featuring a relaxed atmosphere and graffiti art in the local language, the space is not too elaborately decorated. Right by the door is the Tea Corner that serves up delicious tea and traditional mocktails with a twist. Featuring one large dining hall and an open kitchen, the space is stylish and modern with mustard, peach, and indigo blue accent colors.

We started with a refreshing pandora spritzer, spiced lemongrass with kaffir lime and red pepper mixed to get the taste buds tingling. For the appetisers, we moved on to experience the delicious balance of sweetness and spice with the one-bite jalapeno sev puri, served with spiced jalapeno yoghurt, green apple and sev. Moving on, a must-try is the crunchy seabass and avocado chaat with smashed avocado adding texture to the crisped papad. Every appetiser was exceptional, perfectly plated with a distinct flavour.

Chef's Table at Roobaru main course

Next to the mains, our taste buds tantalised with the galli ka bhutta, a corn pudding with charred kernels and the smokey husk served atop the roasted corn. Next was the siliguri momo, a ginger chicken dumpling soaked in garlic and a chilli oil broth before refreshing the palate with the mouth-watering nimbu paani. All items were cooked to perfection adding flavour to the most unlikely of dishes.

This wasn’t the end. If you want something more, items like the gourd kofta, a tomato broth with pickled red onions and minced vegetable lauki kofta is a delicious assortment.

Sweets are always a welcome treat. We ended the meal with mango malai. The salted caramel-covered mango kulfi sat on a layer of whipped cream, textured with the perfect amount of crunchy homemade honeycomb. With a wide variety of choices on the menu,  the restaurant offers a refreshing take on quintessential Indian dishes and guests can be sure to leave satisfied.

Roobaru is located in DT1 Residential Tower – Burj Khalifa Blvd

The Chef’s Table experience is available Mondays only, two seatings at 7:30 PM and 9:00 PM. It is priced at Dhs250 with drinks pairing for an additional Dhs59. For bookings contact: +9715-4776 6384

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