Explosions of Colour and Flavor as Kinara by Vikas Khanna Celebrates Holi
(Dubai, 20th February 2020) Kinara by Vikas Khanna celebrates the Holi Festival with a magnificent menu of traditional and modern Holi dishes available throughout lunch and dinner, on the 9th and 10th March.
Described as a ‘journey of the senses and an explosion of flavour’, guests will have the opportunity to try a vibrant set menu for just 220AED per person. Beginning with a Thandai of almond, fennel seeds and saffron, appetites will be whetted before diving in to a starter of Amritsari Macchi– Vikas Khanna’s take on fish fingers with mint chutney and pickled pink raddish or go for the much loved Murgh Boti Kebab-chicken morsels with pearl onion and green mango chutney. Vegetarians will have delectable options too with a Pyaz Kachouri of spiced onion, roasted garlic, chili chutney or Dahi Vada – his signature lentil dumplings with yogurt and tamarind glaze.
Main courses are a nod to the timeless traditions of Holi, with vegetarian feasts such as Paneer Khurchan-cottage cheese with bell pepper and roasted tomatoes and a Kurkuri Bhindi-a crisp okra with green mangoes. Alternatively, you can choose Murgh Ka Salan -chicken stew and potato crisps and Bhuna Gosht– lamb with caramelized onion and tomato salsa. All dishes are accompanied with generous sides of kadhi pakodi, steamed ricee, puran poli and the famous Kinara roti. Desserts include the sublime Gujjia, a milk and coconut creation and Kesari Malpua pancakes with saffron and homemade ice-cream. The special set menu is designed to make the table canvas colorful with the art of culinary craftsmanship as the true essence of Holi lies in relishing traditional delicacies and playing with colors. The à la carte menu will also be served for those who wish to sample some of Vikas Khanna’s iconic dishes.
Kinara, meaning the shore or the bank, is the name given to JA Lake View Hotel’s new stylish yet casual signature restaurant. The 180-seat outlet introduces a lively, modern exploration of traditional Indian cuisine. Described as an affordable and approachable homage to regional Indian kitchens, the new eatery was inspired by the raw beauty of home cooking, from the richly diverse regions of India and South Asia. Featuring authentic regional dishes with a modern twist, the menu highlights classic dishes, with a strong focus on the subtle smoky flavours of the Tandoori oven and the variety of spices for which India is renowned.
Lead by Vikas Khanna’s protégé in Dubai, Chef de Cuisine Ashish Kumar, the restaurant design also offers a journey of the senses from the moment of arrival. Elegant oversized spice displays adorn the entrance creating enticing aromas, as guests move throughout the space. The spice market experience provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the different culinary functions and health benefits of each ingredient used. Views into the kitchen further entice guest’s senses, creating a visual connection between the menu and its preparation, culminating in a beautiful open kitchen. A magnificent outdoor terrace offers al fresco dining and vistas across the lake and lush golf course. Creating a fluent journey, guests of Kinara by Vikas Khanna can simultaneously interact and connect with Indian cuisine and culture during their experience.
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About the Chef: Chef of Michelin star acclaim, Vikas Khanna is an internationally lauded Indian chef, award-winning author, poet, humanitarian and filmmaker. A well-known TV personality, he hosted several seasons of MasterChef India, Twist of Taste and National Geographic’s Mega Kitchens. Vikas has also established himself as a top authority on Indian Cuisine, having written 36 award-winning cookbooks. He chose to work with JA Resorts & Hotels who share the same vision for memorable neighbourhood restaurants that brim with character and individuality.
About the Hotel: The new restaurant is centrally located in JA Lake View Hotel, the brand-new design-driven property dedicated to sustainability at JA The Resort. Situated on a stunning 1 million square metre plot of landscaped gardens, JA The Resort features a huge 800 metre private beach, 104 berth private marina and a 9-hole, par 35 championship standard golf course – establishing itself as the only true resort in Dubai and competing on the global stage. The 348 key JA Lake View Hotel will also host 81, a buffet restaurant named after the inaugural year of JA Resorts & Hotels first property, Republik – a new modern gastropub and Bibé, a vibrant rooftop mixology lounge, with panoramic views.
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About JA Resorts & Hotels
A legacy UAE brand, JA Resorts & Hotels was born in 1981 and has a widely recognised reputation for excellence, in the management and operation of award-winning resorts and hotels. Taking its name from the original Jebel Ali (JA) Beach hotel, JA Resorts & Hotels portfolio now features 9 distinct properties across the UAE and Indian Ocean, each dedicated to curating unique experiences and creating unforgettable memories. Tropical escapes include JA Manafaru, the idyllic luxury island resort in pristine, lagoon ringed Haa Alifu Atoll, at the northern tip of the Maldives and JA Enchanted Island Resort, an ultra-luxurious hideaway of 10 exquisite villas on a private island, in the middle of the protected Saint Anne Marine Park. Within the UAE, guests can choose from the five-star JA Ocean View Hotel, as well as the deluxe hotel apartments of JA Oasis Beach Tower, both located along ‘The Walk’ in Jumeirah Beach Residence. Other attractive options include the acclaimed JA The Resort – Dubai’s largest experience resort, with 1 million square metres of thrilling activities and 3 unique hotels offering 795 suites and rooms between them– the award-winning JA Beach Hotel and JA Palm Tree Court and JA Lakeview Hotel, a stunning new Golf Course adjacent property opened in September 2019. The JA Hatta Fort Hotel is Dubai’s only mountain resort, a secluded getaway amidst the stunning Hajar Mountains landscape. The Manor by JA is the latest addition to the portfolio, a 247 key corporate hotel located in Al Furjan, Dubai and set to open in January 2020. JA Resorts & Hotels is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, bringing together more than 35 brands with over 570 hotels in 78 countries.
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