We've all heard of fusion dining, but Chalet in Dubai has taken the concept to another level, bringing us what might be termed confusion cuisine.
Cheap as chips: Chalet
We've all heard of fusion dining, but Chalet in Dubai has taken the concept to another level, bringing us what might be termed confusion cuisine. Located in a small shack with a mock-Swiss roof, the restaurant has American-style bench seating and serves Arabic, Indian and Chinese dishes, all of which can be washed down with a Bickford's cola from Australia.
We went with the falafel plate for a starter, which came in small patties - or, more accurately, pucks. When we'd finished chewing, we moved on to our main courses and things improved. I had Murgh Shan, a Punjabi dish of julienned chicken cooked in a spicy tomato and cashew gravy.
The bird was moist and the sauce textured, with a good blend of sweetness and tang. Our other main was Chin Chin Lamb, which promised shredded lamb braised in oyster sauce. The meat actually came in strips, but was well cooked and as lean as could be hoped. The gravy was simple but well flavoured, with a satisfying smoky undertone.
The gloopiness often associated with oyster sauce was, happily, not an issue. With both dishes, the portions were inordinately generous, and the entire bill came to Dh122. The only real disappointment was the Australian cola. Culinary adventurism, it seems, has its limits.
Jumeirah Beach Road, near Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Dubai (04 348 7351)