What an amazing month March turned out to be, we celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary for an entire week, starting of at Le Meridien Al Aqah and finishing at Al Maha Desert Resort and Spa, with a trip to Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Emirates Golf Club inbetween!! The weather has finally broken and we are experiencing a rise in temperatures, it's no secret I prefer the hotter months over the cooler ones. It's Easter this month, so I hope the Easter Bunny is really kind to you all. Have a fabulous month wherever are you are.
If you are from the UK and love food you will have heard of Atul Kochhar, the Two Star Michelin Award Winning Chef. Atul has appeared in many food related television programmes from Great British Menu to Masterchef, and many others inbetween. He started his career at the Oberai Hotel in New Delhi and fast rose to the top of his game, moving to London in 1994 to open Tamarind and later opening two successful restaurants; Benares in London and Ananda just outside of Dublin.
Last year I heard that the Landmark Group had opened Zafran at Mirdif City Centre and we went over for lunch one day. I was really impressed and spread the word to my friends to get them to check it out. Mirdif City Centre isn't exactly on our doorstep so you can imagine how happy I was to find out that Zafran has spread its wings to Marina Mall. The very next day The Geordie One and I were there to check it out. Personally I think that the Marina Mall branch has the edge when it comes to location, as it has a beautiful outdoor terrace which looks onto the Marina. Lovely ambience.
They have a three course Lunch Express menu and that is what we opted for, I started with the Amritsari Fish Fingers, followed with the Butter Chicken, with Dal Bukahri, Sade Chawal (steamed basmati), and Naan Bread, followed by a dessert of Gulab Jamun. I really have to say I couldn't fault it one bit, it was absolutely perfect, the presentation was beautiful. I was that impressed I went back the following Saturday!! The lunch menu is just 65 Dhs a head and there is a good variety of choices, including a vegetarian option.
I have a copy of the menu here with me, and it clearly states on the bottom that Lunch Express is available from Saturday to Thursday, that however isn't correct, it is actually available Sunday to Thursday, so someone needs to check that out at Zafran. Regardless Zafran is well worth a visit, especially if you like me, enjoy Indian food. The Butter Chicken was the best I have had in a long long time. I have take some photos which you can find here.