If your’re a foodie and you’ve never heard of Sanjeev Kapoor then you must of been living under a rock. He’s an Indian chef famously known for his role on Khana Khazana and has multiple cook books up his sleeve.
Unfortunately you won’t find the man himself cooking up a storm in the kitchen however I am reassured by the pleasant staff that all of his recipes and cooking tips and tricks have been passed down to the chefs to provide a signature experience.Firstly I’m here with a bunch, some 20-30 odd foodies to try this Iftar preview.
The ambiance as you enter Signature is sleek and chic complete with personalized crockery, obscure decor and wooden floor boards. As well as the indoor dining area they also have an al fresco dining area complete with a bar and is suitable for smoking shisha.Before the Iftar menu even arrives the table is set with dates, olives, fresh fruits including my fav choc dipped strawberries, baklava as well as salads and cold Arabic mezze.The server asks if we are after veg or non veg and that’s for the starter & main options. Before the starter even arrives, out comes a display of 5 varying chutneys (my favorite being the mango) along with papas and also a stand of pani puri. I’m told rather than pour the liquid inside the crisp shell to firstly crunch the shell then sip the liquid afterwards. Or was it vice versa. I can’t really remember all that I do know is that the flavors are intense and I’m hoping sets the tone for what’s ahead.The non-veg starters arrive and it’s a platter consisting of a juicy saffron scented king prawn, a slice of chicken roulade which has been stuffed with nuts, a grilled fish which has been spiked with sumac and a charcoal roasted lamb chop which melts in your mouth.The starter, so filling in itself, it’s lucky the mains, which is served directly onto your plate, is a controlled portion as don’t forget there’s a dessert tray still to come.
So the mains included a lalla mussa dal, a chicken biryani and a veggie pot which I must of missed along with some very greasy but moreish naan and paratha to soak it all up with. A little anti-climax after the starters being so good.After a slight breather, we are ready to try the desserts which are served as individual portions on a fancy display. There’s a mahalabia, phirnee, chenna angoori as well as malpua and gajar ka halwa. I’m not usually a fan of Indian desserts as I find them too sweet on my palette, however the mahalabia was quite enjoyable.The Iftar is priced at 149dhs per person and the restaurant opens from 7 til midnight. The service can be quite slow therefore you can break your fast at your table and then sit back, relax and enjoy shisha in the terrace until your heart desires.
A special shout out goes to Deepti for the invite and hosting such a great evening!
For reservations call 04 386 8111