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Indian restaurant with an imaginative menu in the Capital

It is now official! Hemant Oberoi just opened his first restaurant in Abu Dhabi. This new addition to the Indian culinary landscape in Abu Dhabi is called Martabaan and is located at Emirates Palace.

Hemant Oberoi is a famed name across the world and has built an illustrious career as the Grand Chef of Taj Group of Hotels for over four decades, been nominated to the World Gourmet Club, he has opened several restaurants worldwide including Singapore, San Diego, Mumbai or Delhi and his enviable guest list includes Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Margaret Thatcher and the Duke of Edinburgh, King Hussein of Jordan, Prince Albert of Monaco among several other distinguished personalities.

Whenever you head there, please make sure to first stop at The Tikke Le bar as their mocktails and cocktail creations are a pure delight for the eyes – explosion of colors, attention to details – and some offer very surprising combinations and tastings, especially the mocktail prepared with guava – we still wonder which spices gave it that unique taste.

Sharing the humus Martabaan- mini naans served with four hummus variations including cumin chickpeas, hummus tahina, pickle hummus, and truffle hummus – this is a nice appetizer to begin the meal.

“Oft-loved yet forgotten classic recipes presented in their new avatar”

His new playground has a lot to offer and will surely appeal to Indian food lovers as he has managed to revisit old fashioned recipes in an inventive manner. From soups served in a siphon, to shrimp served warm on top of hot stones, kulfi roller machine or the chocolate shawarma station, his kitchen and cuisine is definitely playful and we really enjoyed the way unique style the dishes are presented in.

Invited to get an overview of his cuisine at the official opening night, we had the pleasure of tasting a medley of creations that were sophisticated and modern versions of familiar and comforting Indian flavors.

Some of our highlights of the night included the tandoori lamb rack that is carved at the table and comes with stuffed jacked potatoes and a mix of white and green cumin asparagus, the Kursi Chaat served in a tacos and shrimp on the rocks, to name just a few.

The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner and is located on the ground floor – same floor as The Café – and is on the left side of Emirates Palace when facing the sea.

Both meat lovers and vegetarians can rejoice as the menu offers plenty of options for both which are clearly identified on the menu. You can have a glance here at Martabaan’s imaginative menu.


MARTABAAN | Emirates Palace | [email protected], +971 (0) 2 690 7999

Opening hours:
The Bar is open daily from 12.00pm – 03.00pm and 07.00pm – 12.00am.
Lunch: Mon – Sun 12:00 – 15:30
Dinner: Mon – Sun 19:00 – 23:00


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