Amala brings authentic North Indian flair to Zabeel Zaray at the Palm Jumeirah on the West Crescent. Excellently located on the more luxurious side of Dubai, this restaurant lives up to the hype.
Amala strays away from mainstream contemporary takes and instead focuses on more honest, down to earth interpretations of Indian cuisine, meaning that the food is authentic and stays true to its origins. The atmosphere is great, and the restaurant is ideal for a whole host of occasions from classy dinners to more casual get-togethers, with guaranteed good eats.
The restaurant itself is rather grand, with an old-school grandeur and elegance that invites patrons in warmly. You will be happily greeted by the staff, and be in for a treat of a dining experience. Many punters say that the trip to the west crescent from the other side of Dubai is worth the trek, as Amala promises a feast.
The interior features high ceilings, beautiful tiling, and stunning water features that feel palatial and pay homage to its Mughal-era menu. There is even a lush garden, where you can dine like royalty, surrounded by greenery.
The mood is traditional but serves in a sophisticated, high-class manner and doesn’t seek to reinvent dishes – the biriyani and tandoori are highlights of the menu. There are set menu and tasting menus for patrons looking to try a bit of everything; otherwise we would recommend sharing family style. There is even a vegetarian food day every Tuesday for the plant-based inclined.
The sarson mahi tikka, (fish of the day) marinated in kasundi mustard and saffron is a fragrant, delicate dish, while the lamb seekh kebab is a must – juicy and tender, paired perfectly with a mint chuntney. The classics are well executed here and you will want to order more of each dish.