Dubai, March 2019: On March 22nd one of the leading Indian restaurants - Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra will make its debut in Dubai with a prime location at the world’s tallest 5-star hotel, the JW Marriott Marquis Dubai.
Masala Library is the magnum-opus of Mr. Jiggs Kalra, who is known as the "Czar of Indian Cuisine" and "Taste Maker to the Indian Nation". The restaurant will focus on reviving traditional recipes from across ancient India, while presenting them in a unique and contemporary way. The Masala Library experience will showcase cuisine from key provinces of the country with each dish elucidating the rich cultural heritage from centuries before. The exciting new addition to the hotel’s culinary scene will be located on the 4th floor and will consist of a premium dining area and a trendy bar area serving redefined Indian tapas dishes, along with a unique cocktail selection utilizing some of the latest technology and cutting-edge techniques. By capturing the grandeur of centuries-old traditions and combining them with modern day cooking techniques and a futuristic presentation, Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra will offer an incomparable gastronomic voyage.
Jiggs Kalra Mentor & Culinary Director
About the “Czar of Indian Cuisine” Jiggs Kalra is a pioneering food columnist, author and food consultant. In a career spanning close to five decades, he has been instrumental in introducing Indian cuisine to an international audience. Throughout his journey he has revived the lost cuisine, as well as cooking styles of the country. He has been credited with establishing some of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants in the country. Mr. Kalra has won numerous awards and accolades, both in India and internationally; and he has been recently welcomed into the International Food and Beverage Gourmet Hall of Fame (making him the first Asian to be inducted in this highly prestigious society).
Zorawar Kalra Founder and Managing Director
About Zorawar Kalra - Founder and Managing Director at Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. Considered to be one of the youngest and most successful restaurateurs of India, Zorawar Kalra reinvents Indian cuisine with his strong business acumen and penchant for perfecting molecular gastronomy with India’s spice and flavor. Zorawar Kalra has been a judge on MasterChef India Season 5 and he, himself has garnered several accolades and awards. He has been recognized amongst the 50 Most Influential Young Indians by GQ India (three times); GQ Man of the Year – Restaurateur of 2017; Economic Times 40 Under 40; Forbes Tycoons of Tomorrow; Restaurateur of the Year Award, 2014 & 2017 and many more. Within its first year of operations Massive Restaurants Pvt. Ltd. won over 19 prestigious awards. The group now has more than 26 venues within 9 brands, spreading across eight countries, including Farzi Café in Dubai and now opening in London, as well as more cities in the Middle East and later on in Asia. Regarded as a ‘Man with a Vision on a Mission’ - Zorawar Kalra is a name that commands respect in the Indian hospitality industry.
Menu Philosophy The cuisine served at Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is a synthesis of over four decades of research and exploration across various Indian kitchens by Mr. Jiggs Kalra himself. The philosophy adapted in the menu revolves around showcasing the diversity of traditional Indian fare, in a progressive way. The dishes are presented in a contemporary way, with vibrant colours and a captivating blend of flavours. With an emphasis on using the freshest ingredients, together with carefully balanced spices and modern culinary techniques - the dishes are prepared from recipes originating from all across India, including those inspired by the Streets of India. In order to retain authenticity, Jiggs Kalra collaborated with some of the oldest known artisans in the field from each region, ensuring every dish is meticulously prepared by using traditional methods. Additionally, the vast menu takes pride in its vegetarian fare showcasing a separate, specifically designed vegetarian offering, giving patrons another reason to rejoice.
Radhuni Sea Bass
Deconstruction of Samosa
Corn Khees Popper, Masala Challi
Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra is at the forefront of cutting-edge cuisine, incorporating molecular gastronomy as an integral part of its menu. While the focus will always be on taste and authenticity, various aspects of molecular gastronomy have been used to enhance the overall experience, elevating the dishes in terms of flavour and visual appeal, while also introducing an element of surprise. Molecular gastronomy supports the restaurant’s vision of representing the future of Indian cuisine. The restaurant’s signature twelve-course Degustation Menu, a treat for epicureans, involves sampling small portions of all essential dishes and can be accompanied by a wine pairing. Some of the restaurant’s signature dishes include Quail Recheado, Grilled Palm Hearts, Ashen Kulfi and Radhuni Sea Bass with Pui Saag.
Restaurant: Daily from 6pm until 11.30pm
Bar: Daily from 6pm until 1am
Dress Code: Smart casual, no flip flops, no slippers
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