Restaurant Review:
The Vintage Room

Century Plaza, Jumeirah Dubai

Serving Indian and Italian cuisine under the same roof, the Vintage Room is a fairly new restaurant that has opened its doors on the Ground floor of Century Plaza in Jumeirah. Decked out in rather minimal, contemporary and predominantly golden décor, the Vintage room has a combination of seating areas including plush chairs and comfortable couches. One side of the restaurant houses a grand piano while another has a private dining area as well for a more intimate experience. We recently visited the restaurant for a tasting session during Ramadan where we were treated to a variety of items off the immense a la carte menu. Here’s everything we had at the restaurant:

Food

  • Vintage Classic Veg Platter: A selection of Kebabs from the tandoor which included the following
  • Hara Bhara Kebab: Spinach & Green Peas Kebabs Stuffed with Mango Chutney
  • Subz ki Seekh: Minced Vegetable Kebab Cooked in Home Ground Spices
  • Dahi Ke Kebab: Fried Hung Yoghurt Kebab with Onion & Ginger
  • Tandoori Paneer Tikka: Cottage Cheese Flavored with Yoghurt & Home Made Spices
  • Murgh Malai Tikka: Chicken Cooked with Cream Cheese Marinade
  • Butter Chicken: Boneless Tandoori Chicken Cooked in Fresh, Creamy Tomato Gravy with Fenugreek & Fresh Ground Spices
  • Paneer Makhani
  • Ravioli with White Sauce
  • Vegetariana Pizza: Grilled Zucchini, Bell Peppers, Cherry Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese
  • Bread Basket that included Cheese Kulcha, Garlic Naan and more

We quite liked the selection of Italian and Indian delicacies on offer and there’s a lot more where the above came from! We’ve had different versions of the Dahi ke Kebab at other restaurants and while we’ve liked some and disliked others, it was a unanimous Yay to the one at the Vintage Room from all of us present at the session. The rest of the appetizers were tasty as well but the Dahi Ke Kebab clinched top spot in the appetizer wars! As for the mains, the butter chicken and Paneer Makhani were quite similar in terms of gravy but both aromatic dishes were decent. Paired with the deliciously cheesy Kulcha and other breads, these made for nice mains. We enjoyed the Italian dishes a tad more, especially the Ravioli which with white sauce came as a pleasant surprise!

Desserts

  • Red Velvet Kulfi: Homemade Ice Cream Flavored with Pistachios, Cardamom, Nuts & Red Velvet
  • Rasmalai: Soft Cottage Cheese Balls Immersed in Chilled Saffron Milk Flavored with Cardamom Powder
  • Tiramisu” Traditional Italian Rich Coffee Flavoured Custard with Layers of Mascarpone Cheese & Savordi Biscuit Topped with a Dusting of Coffee

Prior to our visit, we were eagerly anticipating sinking our teeth into the Red Velvet Kulfi because, seriously, what a unique and delicious sounding combination! Honestly speaking, this fell slightly short of expectations and this is not to say that it was bad, but the other two desserts were indubitably far tastier than this one. Although doused in Red Velvet, the Red Velvet Kulfi was a tasty yet confusing mix of too many flavors and we could neither pick out the Red Velvet nor the creaminess of the Kulfi much.

All in all, we quite liked the Vintage Room and greatly appreciate the excellent service meted out to us by the pleasant Manager Tanveer and his team.
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