Rasoi by Vineet Abu Dhabi culinary experience for New Year’s Eve
This New Year’s Eve, Rasoi by Vineet is going above and beyond, with an Indian culinary experience designed to dazzle and delight. Inspired by the flavours and cooking techniques from across the subcontinent, Rasoi at Jumeirah at Etihad Towers embodies the philosophy of Vineet Bhatia, the first Indian chef to be awarded a Michelin star. Over a long and storied career, the visionary Vineet has single-handedly elevated Indian cuisine into the highest echelons of sophistication.
Offering up a slice of the subcontinent in all its traditional and modern glory, the restaurant has curated a remarkable pair of set menus for New Year’s Eve, inspired by Vineet’s journeys across India, and the world. Coupled with some truly unique beverages, they hit all the right nostalgic notes, in an unmistakably modern setting.
The adventure begins with a delightful serving of dilli tikki chaat, a delicious assortment of vegetable cutlets, Punjabi chickpeas, sweetened yoghurt, tamarind chutney and sev sprinkle. Following this, meat-eaters will enjoy an array of signature grills, including succulent Kochi banana leaf-wrapped sea bass, pistachio lamb chop and chicken tikka, infused with black olive and zaatar malai. They are joined by a delectable array of mains, ranging from a heart-warming murgh makhni to prawns with coconut, lemongrass, kaffir lime and roasted red chillies, evocative of the tropical Indian coast.
Vegetarians, meanwhile, continue their culinary journey with a gorgeously grilled set of vegetable-cashew seekh kebabs with bite-sized beetroot puri chaat and grilled vegetable momos. From sweet and creamy paneer makhni to the Punjabi classic, saag pakoda, a dish of spinach dressed with onion-spinach fritters, there’s a whole spectrum of palate-tingling flavours to indulge in.
All roads lead to Vineet’s signature dessert, Chocomosa – a deliciously sweet samosa, oozing with a dark and white marbled chocolate filling, accompanied by a chocolate and hazelnut delice and a helping of crisp saffron flavoured jalebi.
Rasoi’s resident mixologists will also be stirring up a dizzying array of beverages for the occasion, starting with a selection of signature cocktails. These range from Chai by Night, spiced rum with Assam tea and reduced milk, to a pink gin with berries and hibiscus tonic, and the quirky Laila O’ Laila, a concoction of vodka, watermelon, passionfruit and apple, to First Love Blush, with gin with lychee and prosecco.
For something a little simpler, there are plenty of sparkling options, wines, beers, spirits and more. An irresistible line-up of non-alcoholic drinks are also on hand, such as a Raajasi Lassi of almond, pistachio, saffron and yoghurt, lychee with ginger and cranberry, and even kokum berry mixed with curry leaves and lemonade.
The non-vegetarian NYE set menu costs Dh375 per person, while the vegetarian menu costs Dh300 per person.