United Arab Emirates Dinner
Abu Dhabi, January 31, 2019
Flavours of Indian cuisine at Namak
" We started our evening with unique canapés bursting with flavour "

We held our first event of the year in Abu Dhabi at the newly-opened Namak Restaurant in the Dusit Thani Hotel.

The name Namak means 'salt' and is the brainchild of Indian celebrity chef Kunal Kapur.  Naturally we were delighted that Chef Kunal was present at our event.

Executive Chef, Rinaldo Boscaro, and Food and Beverage Manager, Massimo Bernardi, are both members of the Chaîne, and indeed veterans in holding Chaîne events. They knew the ingredients to make this evening memorable.

The cuisine at Namak celebrates the flavours of Indian cuisine with some unique gourmet combinations and cooking techniques from around the world.

We started our evening with unique canapés bursting with flavour. Live Indian music added to the evening's excitement.

RECEPTION

Namak lotus chips

Pass around canapés
Prawns, peri peri cocktail, caviar
Kerala duck tart, raspberry chutney
Ghee roast wagyu, mini appam, podi
Caprese Chaat, cheese crackers, mango ketchup
Champagne Mumm Brut Rosé

MENU

Sous-vide kori and foie gras galouti
bitter orange chutney
Jackson Estate Medium Riesling - New Zealand

Porcini kheema cheel
chimmichuri aloo chaat
Jackson Estate Alayna Pinot Noir Rosé - New Zealand

Malvani cod
Granny Smith kachumber, bubble tea, olive caviar
Pask Chardonnay Hawkes Bay - New Zealand

Paan gola

Lamb loin sheermal blini
meat substitute, rogan josh gravy
dal roti, home churned butter
Lammershoek Terravinum Syrah Reserve - South Africa

“Down to earth with a scoop”
Ca D Gal Moscato d'Asti Lumine Italy

Coffee and tea

Namak sweets
Gulab jamun macroon
Pan coconut minni ladoo
Nolen gur cookie

The dinner was a resounding success. Everyone was excited by the wonderful flavours and beautiful plating. Échanson Sandeep Sathees’ pairing of the wines was excellent. The service was impeccable. Chargé de Missions Wolfgang Johannson finished off the evening with a well-deserved appreciation.

James McIsaac
Conseiller Gastronomique

Glossary:
appam - pancake from fermented rice batter and coconut milk
podi - chutney powder
kori - chicken
galouti - melts in the mouth
kheema - minced
cheela - pancake
aloo chaat - potatoes and chutney
Malvani - area of west India