Renowned Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has started a chain of casual dining in Dubai. The food is quite good and caters to a lot of different tastebuds.
This branch, located in the bustling dining area of JLT, is small and cozy. The service is warm and the dishes suggested by the team are what you should go for. Even though the menu is fairly large and has a lot of unique varieties, I stuck to what was suggested and was very happy with the choices.
For drinks we had the Peru Pyala, which is one of their signature drinks. Guava juice, lemon and mint served in a chilli rimmed glass is true justification of the goodness of Sanjeev Kapoor’s recipes. I don’t like guava and was so skeptical when this was suggested but i decided to go with it. Best decision ever! It was WOW! The sweetness against the tanginess was perfect and the chilli rim was a win! The other drink which was a Blue Sparkle was a sparkling mix of non-alcoholic Blue Curacaro, lychee juice and lemonade. This was mesmerizing to look at even though i didn’t taste it.
For starters, I had the Dahi ke Kebab which were mango chutney stuffed yoghurt cakes and fried to perfection. I didn’t feel the filling was soft enough though he outside crispness was truly perfect.
The Vegetable Biryani was flavourful and made with high quality ingredients. It was quite lip smacking and felt like you were eating your Mother’s cooking. I quite enjoyed it.
The naan’s were crispy and buttery and not soggy or rubbery. They were easily breakable and were the perfect combination to the Paneer gravy.
The Paneer Taka Tak is definitely one of the best paneer dishes I have had in a restaurant. It was the right amount of spice with the gravy consistency being just right. Even the paneer was extremely soft and the dish as a whole is an explosion of flavours with every bite.
For dessert we tried their new Qahwa Gulab Jamun which has a filling of a paste with an infusion of Arabic coffee. This was quite unique and the mix of different foods from different cultures made it quite an interesting concept.
The ras malai on the other hand was alright. It was a bit chewy and not cold enough.
The Yellow Chilli’s casual concept keeps in line to Sanjeev Kapoor’s home style cooking. It has managed to squeeze into its menu dishes from different parts of India without adding too much fusion to traditional flavours and sticking to the basics. Considering the prices too, there is a reason this brand is now a famous name in every household as a renowned Chef’s cooking style can be enjoyed at an affordable budget.