Dinner review: Carnival by Tresind

Dinner review: Carnival by Tresind

What’s the concept?

Like its sister restaurant, Tresind, this recently opened Indian eatery is no ordinary curry house. And, while Carnival by Tresind follows suit in its molecular, Alinea-style ways, it differs completely from Tresind in a very fun, jovial way.

What are food highlights?

Although there’s an a la carte menu available, I’d recommend opting for one of the chef’s tasting menus (like we did), in order to fully immerse yourself in the exciting experience on offer – there’s vegetarian options available if required. It all begins with a bread replacement of a sweet and sour pumpkin kilcha, a moist and soft flatbread filled with chutney – I could have filled up on these, but with 14 degustation courses to come, I thankfully refrained. Menu highlights for me was a starter dish of chicken pakora with curried mayonnaise, a South Indian ginger prawn cooked in palm sugar caramel and a curry leaf crisp (I could have eaten a whole bowl of these – so good!), plus the mysore masala grilled lamb chops, which were served beautifully tender. A range of sweet treats will follow, but be ready to be impressed with a stunning dessert of caramel, peanuts and chocolate.

What’s the atmosphere like?

The interiors make you feel like you’ve entered some sort of Wonderland, there are trees, zig-zags and stripes leading you to the table where a bubble machine ‘to refresh’ greets you – opposing the standard cold towel regime, in a fantastically playful way. All in all, Carnival by Tresind offers the perfect recipe for an entertaining night out with friends, paired with playful food, packed with a whirlwind of unmissable flavours.

Details: Tasting menus are available from AED 250 (vegetarian) or AED 270+ for non-vegetarian, excluding beverages. Address: Carnival by Tresind, Burj Daman, DIFC, Dubai, UAE. For more information, click here