Dear Michelin, the Foodies of Dubai Ask You to Please Pay a Visit to Trèsind Studio

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Tresind Studio Review
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In 2016, Chef Himanshu Saini posted the logo for Asia’s 50 Best on his social media page with the caption, “dreamers are achievers.” Nearly eight years later, that dream was achieved when his restaurant, Trèsind Studio, not only won the ‘Art of Hospitality’ award, but also took home the number four spot on the inaugural MENA’s 50 Best list. 

So we thought we’d do a little bit of manifestation ourselves, and kindly request the presence of Michelin in Dubai. Michelin rumors have been carried on the sands and wind for years in the UAE, but as of yet, the elusive stars have yet to make an appearance in Dubai, despite the many-starred chefs and restaurants who have found a home in the food-loving city. However, we are now convinced that we can dangle a carrot – or a pani puri as it were – for the elusive elite by inviting them to try the little restaurant that could.

Behind a nondescript black door off to the left side of Big Brother Trèsind’s dining room, the upscale Indian restaurant hosts a meal – no, an experience – the entire foodie crowd of Dubai has been raving about. The 14-course menu is an inspirational journey through the tastes, colors, traditions, and flavors of India, masterfully created by one of the region’s most sought after talents, served with finesse, precision, and knowledge, and plated with drama and beauty. 

Tresind Studio Review
Photo: Courtesy of @Tresindstudio

It’s an exclusive and intimate night to be sure. The dining room hardly holds more than 10 tables, and the open kitchen gives us a view of the soon-to-be-celebrity-chef and his team weaving their magic with our meal. There is no menu. And for the first few courses, there aren’t even utensils the paired experience is one that doesn’t require either.

From the bubbling cumin-scented water poured over a version of the pani puri with sweet potato and chickpeas that literally burst in our mouth like fireworks, our palates opened with anticipation for what was to come. Chef Himanshu brings his own personality to the traditional flavors and dishes of India, and what we taste is nothing less than culinary art. Like the papadum made from shisho leaves and topped with creamy yogurt, tangy mango chutney, and fresh garden herbs or the ghee-roasted jackfruit spread on burnt cinnamon bark that teased our sense of smell just before satisfying out tastebuds, each course brought about a fresh marriage of spices to a dish we thought we knew inside and out. Tender, slow-cooked lamb heated over a candle, juicy, duck leg confit with a sweet, peanut butter curry, pickled mango hiding in a padron pepper covered with tangerine flowers and buttermilk-curry ice cream on the side, the staggering new combination of flavors and textures was like a never-ending fashion show of food. It was almost too pretty to eat. Almost.

This is due, of course, to Chef Himanshu’s drive to continually experiment in the kitchen. The menu changes as soon as Chef has decided he is too comfortable, which means what we ate will most likely not be what you try two or three months later. Not only does he change the menu to evolve with his new inspirations, concoctions, and creations, but he also changes the decor of the dining room to match the mood of his menu.

From sunflowers blooming one bite, to a bonsai tree shading another morsel, the result is an artistic journey of culinary craft from beginning to end under the proficient hand of an artist. So, what do you say, Michelin. Do we have your attention?

Tresind Studio Review
Photo: Courtesy of @Tresindstudio
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