Set within The Oberoi Dubai, a beautiful, well-situated hotel in downtown Dubai that boasts superlative views of the Burj Khalifa, Ananta is the place to go for authentic Indian food in the city. The Oberoi group began in India and has 13 first-rate hotels there still, so it really knows its stuff when it comes to preparing and serving contemporary Indian cuisine.
Dining at Ananta is made yet more special thanks to The Oberoi’s staff, who take the hotel’s founding principle – ‘the guest is everything’ – very seriously. Nothing is too much trouble, so whether you’re looking for advice on what to order or have dietary preferences, you can rest assured that you’ll be well looked after.
The menu at Ananta is full of timeless Indian classics and authentic flavours reinvented with fresh ideas. Start with delicious appetisers such as tandoori paneer tikka or lamb kebab before moving on to one of Ananta’s rich curries as a main course. Perhaps you’ll choose a popular, well-known dish such as Kashmiri lamb rogan josh or chicken tikka masala, or instead a more unusual dish like seabass in a mustard curry with vegetables.
For those struggling to choose, the Ananta tasting menu allows you to sample a little of everything, while the degustation 'thali' menu provides a balanced meal all on one plate. There are plenty of sides, sundries and breads available too, from the usual bread selection – naan, roti and paratha – to the special Indian breads created by the Ananta chefs. These include a truffle cheese naan, avocado and green chilli paratha, and a pickled olive naan.
It’s likely that after rich starters and hearty mains you’ll be feeling full, but dessert ought not to be missed. Delicious traditional desserts such as kulfi, rasmalai and gulab jamun are all present, as are Ananta’s post-modern interpretation of classics such as coconut and palm seed sundae and fried malai kulfi.