Rangoli - a sumptuous Indian dining venue - Yas Isand Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi
Rangoli has a lovely 6 seater bar that I try before dinner. When a restaurant has a bar, I see no point in having an aperitif at the table! An excellent 30 by-the-glass options, unique among all Indian restaurants in the city, as well as some typical cocktails, might challenge you not to have more than one drink at the bar before moving to the dining area.
|Some chaat to enjoy at the bar|
For our main course, we head to the more secluded dining part of the restaurant where comfortable booths and sofa style seats make it so relaxed. The lighting is a contrast to the brighter section where we had our starters. There is a gorgeous sensuality to this part of Rangoli. Because there are so few tables here, it almost feels like a restaurant within a restaurant.
The main courses do not disappoint - Classic Indian curries. Butter chicken, with boneless tender chicken, is faithful to the dish as you know it. There is that typical blend of sweet and spice, carried together in a decadent creamy sauce. Dal Makhani is even creamier thanks to the heavy butter and cream. Finally, and this is my dish of the night, the Smoked lamb, theatrically brought to the table with the top lifted so that smoke can rise up from the lamb. Succulent lamb with a smokiness brings something different to the table. It is a smokiness totally different from the tandoor.
In anticipation of dessert and in the absence of a dessert wine, I order a glass of 2014 Prinz von Hessen, a Riesling. The Riesling is a decent substitute for a dessert wine. The dessert portion for two is perfectly sized. Paan Kulfi, Cardamom ice cream and a Chocolate brownie with some raspberry purée and fresh fruit make up a plate that owes a lot to a more contemporary style of plating.
Yas Isand Rotana Hotel ,
+971 2 656 4000
Average price meal for two 300AED