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Described as a ‘journey of the senses and an explosion of flavour’, Vikas Khanna has announced a culinary collaboration with JA Resorts & Hotels for a new restaurant in Dubai, Kinara by Vikas Khanna, set to open on September 22nd.
Chef of Michelin star acclaim, Vikas Khanna is an internationally lauded Indian chef, award-winning author, poet, humanitarian and filmmaker. A well-known TV personality, he hosted several seasons of MasterChef India, Twist of Taste and National Geographic’s Mega Kitchens. Vikas has also established himself as a top authority on Indian Cuisine, having written 34 award-winning cookbooks. He chose to work with JA Resorts & Hotels who share the same vision for memorable neighborhood restaurants that brim with character and individuality.
Kinara, meaning the shore or the bank, is the name given to JA Lake View Hotel’s new stylish yet casual signature restaurant. The 180-seat outlet introduces a vibrant, modern exploration of traditional Indian cuisine. Described as an affordable and approachable homage to regional Indian kitchens, the new eatery was inspired by the raw beauty of home cooking, from the richly diverse regions of India and South Asia. Featuring authentic regional dishes with a modern twist, the menu highlights classic dishes, with a strong focus on the subtle smoky flavours of the Tandoori oven and the variety of spices for which India is renowned. Lead by Vikas Khanna’s protégé in Dubai, Chef de Cuisine Ashish Kumar, it presents signature dishes including Dahi ke Kebab (Yogurt Kebab) Kinara’s version of Chicken Makhani, and introduces guests to the four delectable chutneys that represent the regions - Bengali tomato-nigella relish, Konkani pineapple-fennel seed pickle, Punjabi pickled onions and Rajasthani garlic-chili chutney. Dishes are served in a sharing concept and the menu has extensive vegetarian choices.
The restaurant design also offers a journey of the senses from the moment of arrival. Elegant oversized spice displays adorn the entrance creating enticing aromas, as guests move throughout the space. The spice market experience provides guests with the opportunity to learn about the different culinary functions and health benefits of each ingredient used. Views into the kitchen further entice guests' senses, creating a visual connection between the menu and its preparation, culminating in a beautiful open kitchen. A magnificent outdoor terrace offers al fresco dining and vistas across the lake and lush golf course. Creating a fluent journey, guests of Kinara by Vikas Khanna can simultaneously interact and connect with Indian cuisine and culture during their experience.
The new restaurant is centrally located in JA Lake View Hotel, the brand-new design-driven property dedicated to sustainability at JA The Resort. Situated on a stunning 1 million square metre plot of landscaped gardens, JA The Resort features a huge 800-metre private beach, 104 berth private marina and a 9-hole, par 35 championship standard golf course – establishing itself as the only true resort in Dubai and competing on the global stage. The 348 key JA Lake View Hotel will also host 81, a buffet restaurant named after the inaugural year of JA Resorts & Hotels first property, Republik - a new modern gastropub and Bibé, a vibrant rooftop mixology lounge, with panoramic views.
Located just 10 minutes away from Dubai Parks & Resorts, 20 minutes from Dubai’s buzzing JBR and 30 minutes from the iconic Dubai Mall, the new JA Lake View Hotel (opening September 22nd 2019) accompanies the newly refurbished 5-star JA Beach Hotel and the Mediterranean villa suites of JA Palm Tree Court to become Dubai’s Largest Experience Resort. Guests staying at the three unique properties will enjoy seven landscaped swimming pools with four swim up bars, a choice of 25 restaurants and bars, a floodlit driving range on the golf course, putting and pitching greens and Leadbetter Golf Academy Dubai, 4 floodlit tennis courts and a tennis academy, squash courts, badminton courts, beach volleyball facilities, horse riding stables, 9-hole mini-golf course, a Watercooled Watersports Centre with water-skiing, windsurfing
, banana boats, catamarans, laser sailboats and a private 104-berth full service marina offering fishing trips, boat trips and sea plane flights. It also boasts 6 shooting ranges, the Calm Spa, a bio-garden, a crèche, Pirates and Mermaids Kids Club and Babysitting service.