Himanshu Saini, chef at Trèsind Studio in Dubai (UAE, one Michelin star) and a signature dish from his tasting menu 'Tasting India' (Banana, raw and ripened, served on a miso chilli tartlet with yellow peppers, smoked tomato chutney and balsamic vinegar)
Despite the launch of the first edition of the Michelin Guide and the second instalment of Mena's 50 Best which is showcasing local cuisine, a thought always occurs to us when we hear 'The Restaurants of Dubai' being mentioned. The Emirates megalopolis is the city of glitz, brands, superstardom, races to the top, be it the height of the buildings or the money that needs to be pulled out for *that* Beyonce concert. A city of gold leaves on the plate and imported caviar and truffles. A place where people spend a lot of money to dine at one of the big name branches; Massimo, Mauro, Niko, Frantzen, you name it, they're all here.
Then you arrive at Himanshu Saini’s (35) Trèsind Studio. Progressive Indian cuisine. Very signature cuisine, with the entire kitchen and dining room team made up of Indians, together with an exceptional bar team supervised by top Italian mixologist Dom Carella (the same from Carico, Milan, and more), and maitre VIP-in Panwar who leads the service in a way that is rare to find even in the restaurants of the above-mentioned big names.
A detail of the dining room at Trésind Studio
Chaat sprouts (a speciality from Uttar Pradesh)
Charcoal-glazed lobster tails in corn curry and The Blessing, a cocktail by Italian Dom Carella, head of the Papadom botanic bar line (cocoa bean, vermouth and balsamic fennel)
Jalebi of persimmon, sea buckthorn and almond milk
Translated into English by Slawka G. Scarso
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A journalist specialising in food, wine and foreign policy, based in Ljubljana, she works for the Slovenian National Television, travels the world and contributes to various publications, both Slovenian and international. She is co-author with Ana Roš of the book 'Sun and Rain' (Phaidon) and of Slovenia’s gastronomic strategies for the five-year period of 2018-2023
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Himanshu Saini, 34, from New Delhi in India, chef at Trèsind Studio, Indian fine dining restaurant in Dubai
Himanshu Saini, 34, from New Delhi in India, is the chef at Trèsind Studio, Indian fine dining restaurant in Dubai (photo Thomas Barker)