Tresind Studio chef on being the only Michelin-starred Indian restaurant in Dubai


The Michelin Guide unveiled its first list of winners in Dubai on Tuesday, with 11 restaurants receiving at least one coveted star. Of these, Tresind Studio, run by Chef Himanshu Saini, was the only Indian restaurant to bring one home.

Saini began his journey with Tresind when he burst onto the food scene by bringing liquid nitrogen to Indian cuisine in 2014.

Since then, it has gone from strength to strength. Not only has he been a standout presence at various food festivals in the UAE, Saini also often collaborates on unique and highly experimental four-handed meals with some of the world’s top chefs, including Bahraini chef Tala Bashmi and Mexican Jorge . Vallejo.

Click through the gallery above to see the 11 Michelin starred restaurants in Dubai.

Now Saini can consider himself one of the best.

Tresind Studio, which was tucked away around the corner from the voco hotel’s main Tresind restaurant, recently moved to Nakheel Mall on the Palm Jumeirah.

It serves a fixed tasting menu, which changes every four months: think pani puri with apples, ghee-roasted crab with burnt cinnamon and curry leaf tempura, and morel pulao with dashi Assam tea.

“Tresind Studio offers a unique tasting menu. Through experience, we serve comfort food to customers, while ensuring that each person walks away with a different impression and perception of Indian cuisine,” Saini said. The National shortly after taking the stage to receive the award.

“The ultimate goal is to show the world that Indian cuisine can also be gourmet.

“With our approach, I want to make people realize that Indian food is more than a takeaway curry, naan or biryani.”

It’s an exciting menu, which serves a payasam pudding made with pink peppercorns and served with tomato rasam; or buttermilk curry ice cream with padron peppers and pickled chutney.

“There are many recipes, many stories, many cultural interpretations that are not explored enough,” explains the chef.

It’s a tall order, but a Saini is more than willing to continue serving, especially in light of his latest honour.

“Getting a Michelin star is a good start and a proud moment, but what I would like to do next is reflect on what happened today, further evolve the kitchen and aim for two stars the next year,” he said. .

“Being the only Indian restaurant in Dubai with a Michelin star, the expectations will be huge, but I want to exceed them.”

Saini has some experience in the world of gourmet cuisine, having worked with Manish Mehrotra, the award-winning chef behind Indian Accent in New Delhi and New York.

On top of that, Saini says he comes from a “farming family,” which has pushed him to use local ingredients whenever possible.

A dish inspired by an Indian garden, which combines shiso khakra, burrata, raw mango and fresh herbs.  Photo: Tresind Studio

“We have the same menu for only four months. So while I can’t recommend a particular dish for residents or gastro-tourists to order, I invite all of our customers to explore Papadom, our botanic bar that works hand-in-hand with the kitchen,” he says. .

“Any leftovers wasted in the kitchen are used in an organized beverage program.” Think cocoa and fennel syrup drinks, popcorn and fig sour syrup, pickled papaya and pineapple tepache.

“We have grown a roof terrace garden, where we grow a lot of produce even in this crazy heat. And it’s a place where you can expect equally crazy things on the tasting menu,” says Saini.

The restaurant description on the Michelin Guide website reads: “An immersive dining experience awaits you at this elegant Indian restaurant. The multi-course tasting menu is a masterpiece of originality and precision.

“The meal…explodes with flavor [and] refined and sublimely executed dishes. Add to that wonderfully attentive service and you have all the ingredients for an evening that will be long remembered.

Updated: June 22, 2022, 04:39

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