The Peppermill Experience

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Tucked away on the first floor of the newly extended Dubai Festival City mall is PEPPERMILL in a new avatar. At least thats the impression it gives till you enter and are escorted along a passage (thats much more than that) to a spacious and large dining areas with beautiful views of the creek

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As we were led to our table the theme of the restaurant unfurled as  it is inspired by colonial influences that have weaved its way into the themed private dining areas as well as the food  and are named after the cities which were similarly influenced, eg Mumbai, Kolkatta……

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We settled down at our table and the extremely friendly staff led by Abhishek Shukla and Chef Dilip Johri began what I would call an afternoon of tastebud pampering

Peppermill offers an Ala carte as well as the Peppermill experience which needs to be booked at the time of reservations and in the range of 150-350 aed per person

The first offering Roasted Puffed rice ‘ Mamra’ was an interesting introduction to the freshly ground homemade chaat masala out of our personal peppermill which brought a spicy and tangy flavour and cleared the palate

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A selection of Mocktails were on offer

Strawberry Basil Mojito
Orange Ginger Mojito
Coconut Curry leave Mojito
Kiwi Mint Mojito
Mango Lassi
Kiwi Margarita
and my personal favourite was Coconut Curry leaves Mojito if you are looking for something different
The Amuse Bouche that followed was Lentil and Rice wadai topped with a tomato chutneyand roasted papad . The scattered crunchy chana dal added to the textures of the starter

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What followed next was a gastronomical journey

Salad and Soup

Salad        Fattoush Ala Indie with a balsamic vinaigrette

Soup        Tomato Shorba ,   Peppermill Lentil Broth,  Chicken & Saffron,   Prawn Shorba

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All the soups were deconstructed and the liquid elements added on at the table, with creams converted into foam  chicken into popcorn and croutons with a twist. For me these are a meal by themselves and loved the tomato shorba and prawn in the nonveg selection

Starters   Chaat Platter,  Aloo Tikki, Sabudana vada , The Nest,  Kataifi Prawn,  Zakhande  kebab

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the chaat platter had an awesome karare palak chaat, samosa chole, pani puri , aloo tikki and dahi vada

sabudana vada had a surprise element of a chana dal filling inside and was served on a bed of authentic pindhi chana

the nest was chicken balls on a bed of yoghurt and tangy chutneys

the Kataifi Prawn was superb  with a sweet mango chutney garnish

From theTandoor
Peppermill Gymkhana Selection which had a mix of chicken tikka,  lamb chops, prawn  and seekh kabab

Nawabi Paneer Tikka  was melt in the mouth

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There are many choices for the Mains  but we decided to keep it to a few

Nalli Roganjosh     Matar Paneer    Parmesan & Onion Kulcha   Mutton Biryani

The Roganjosh was tender  and the biryani very flavourful but what stole the show was the Matar Paneer which had a soft and fresh steak of paneer (Cottage Cheese)  and the peas or Matar hidden within which fell away when sliced and the tomato based gravy was added

How can a meal end without Dessert. I have no comments to make except just dig in

The Sweet Shop  with ras malai, gulabjamun on a bed of kalakand soil, peppercorn panacota with raspberry sorbet and almond and pistachio soil

Lemon Ghewar Tart with kulfi and berry coulis

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The meal ended with a selection of tea and coffee and I chose to go with Peppermill Kadak Chai . couldnt have asked for better

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Need to thank Chef Dilip Johri  , Abhishek Shukla and the Peppermill team for this awesome experience

Except for the Zakhande kabab which I was expecting more out of due to its lovely presentation the whole Peppermill experience was excellent.

 

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