Tresind Studio, Le Jardind Tasting Menu, 13 courses, non-vegetarian and vegetarian options, AED275++ per person (US$75, £57, EUR63). Tresind Studio, Level 2, voco Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates. +971588951272, https://tresindstudio.com/.
When my sister and fellow gastronomy enthusiast, Emem, DM’d me on Instagram that she was headed to Dubai, my taste buds danced in glorious euphoria in the wake of the news. Emem, who I met by chance while sunning it up in the Maldives puts the fine, in fine-dining. A lover of flavors, Emem is the only other person I know outside of Adam, who is always ready to scope out new fine dining options anywhere in the world.
FUN FACT: Emem is actually on a world tour to visit the world’s top 50 Restaurants and Bars as listed by https://www.theworlds50best.com.
A quick read on their website and you will find their iconic story “Trèsind was introduced to gourmands in 2014 with the flagship situated at VOCO Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai. Counted among the top modern Indian restaurants, Trèsind is the birthplace of “innovative Indian cuisine.” With the aim to foster the revered legacy of Indian food, Trèsind , is also present in Kuwait, in the breathtaking locality of Salwa seaside, and has recently expanded its culinary presence in India in Mumbai’s Bandra Kurla Complex (BKC) business district.”_ Source: https://tresind.com/dubai/
Without needing to ask, Emem secured a table for three at Tresind Dubai, until that afternoon, I had only heard legends after this upscale Indian restaurant with a tasting menu crafted by the gods, to say I was excited would be putting things lightly. However, as I have learned rather intensely in the past, over-excitement may not always be positive; I willed myself to walk through the majestic entryway with an open mind.
After passing through mandatory COVID-19 health checks, which included a thermal scan and hand sanitization, we are led by a bright-eyed guest relationship manager to our table. It doesn’t take long for me to quickly grasp why Trescind is largely referred to as an intimate Indian dining affair.
The general decor exudes premium fine Indian luxury, my couch was heavily embroidered with amazing floral patterns that left me in awe. Specs of gold accents glide effortlessly through the dark blue walls, casting a soft glow over everything. The waiters milled about in almost made-to-measure shirts and pants without a spec of hair out of place. The sweet aroma of Indian species roaming free in the air caused my nostrils to dance in joy. Save for the very loud family table with kids who would not stop crying every three seconds; I can clearly say that Tresind paid attention to detail, ensuring they evoked a soothing sense of Indian opulence.
Tresind Studio’s Season 5 13-course Tasting Menu
The restaurant is known for its iconic four-act stages of serving meals, however, for the fifth season menu, they prepared a series of iconic acts as a signpost to go with the elevated modernist Indian cuisine as an interactive, multi-course, tasting menu experience that is just one of a kind.
Our trio begins the night with a rather surprising drink experience, ordering on their signature cocktails “A cup of Indian tea” (65 AED) This blend of Tanqueray, pomegranate, mandarin air, edible flower, and grenadine served in an extra-large, hand-designed, traditional Indian teacup was nothing short of divine.
Then, the journey through the menu began, each accompanied by its own at-table preparations and serving, which made the whole experience ever so slightly luxe. A round of amuse bouche; arugula pani puri missi roti with green chili butter welcomed us, quickly followed by some modernist chaat tart and the most unique wild mushroom chai soup served with truffle galouti.
Next, the starters, I found the tandoori rosemary lamb chops could use some work, but I fell in love with chimichurri chutney tandoori tiger prawn, amritsari soft shell crab-the explosion of these seafood combinations left me squealing in joy as my brain raced against my taste buds to make sense of the magic.
A refreshing blueberry & yuzu sorbet helped us cleanse our palate as we prepared for the main course. My party and I quickly used the intermission to upgrade our cocktails to the “imli sour” (65AED) another iconic drink staple.
The main dish was a symphony of prawn curry, lamb & coconut stew, chicken chettinad served with malabari paratha khichdi of India. Warm, tender, and oh so soulful, Tresind’s main course left me reminiscing about my mother’s home cooking.
To wrap up the experience, our final dessert course was a black forest mithai cake paan and cotton candy served in the most iconic fashion. I spent the better part of the desert joyously loving the entire night’s presentation.
FINAL THOUGHTS – Would I go back to Tresind?
This is a rather funny question. On one hand, I am already bailed to go back and try another iconic experience called the Trèsind Studio, an immersive intimate dining affair, nicknamed the chef’s table, this semi-private experience boats of a guided meal experience, it is a first-of-its-kind, modern Indian dining experience in the World. To answer, yes I would go back again, and again, and again… you get the point.
The beauty of Tresind is how perfect it is for everyone. I spotted couples making googly eyes at each other; while singletons dined in the peaceful aroma alone, a family table with kids was alive with activities, and a group of friends caught up on the latest business and housing trends in the middle east.
Be sure to book your reservations in advance don`t forget to tag me on Instagram @thebensonekpo when you visit.