Dukes Dubai has signed Mumbai-founded restaurant brand Khyber, marking the first location for the restaurant outside of India.
The restaurant, which specialises in North Indian cuisine, will be located on the 15th floor of Dukes Dubai with capacity for 210 guests, including up to 60 guests on the terrace.
Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO of Seven Tides International, which owns Dukes Dubai, commented: “We are thrilled to be bringing Khyber to Dubai for the first time and are positive that its blend of traditional, high-end cuisine served in a vibrant atmosphere will make a stand out addition to the emirate’s dining scene.
“We are working closely with the Khyber family to ensure the new restaurant captures the true essence of the concept and look forward to welcoming guests for dinner when the hotel opens later this year.”
Khyber at Dukes Dubai was officially announced at a signing between Abdulla Bin Sulayem, CEO, Seven Tides International and Sudheer Bahl, owner of Khyber, which took place at Dukes Dubai last week.
The partnership marks the dining concept’s first franchise outside of India.
Sudheer Bahl, owner, Khyber commented: “Khyber has been the family business for more than 60 years and we have experienced tremendous success thanks to our unrivalled take on northern Indian cuisine. Entering the UAE for the first time is an important step for us in terms of international growth and, with the help and guidance of Seven Tides, we are sure to make it a big success.”
Martin Cahill, executive chef at Dukes Dubai, who will be overseeing the culinary operations of the restaurant said: “We will be putting our stamp on popular dishes such as Tandoori Raan, a tender leg of baby lamb marinated with spices and cooked in a clay oven, and Milky Way, a galaxy of saffron pearls on a bed of condensed sweetened milk.
“There will be a selection of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes available to delight even the most discerning palettes of Indian fine dining enthusiasts.”
Khyber is currently recruiting for an experienced Indian head chef for its Dubai location, which will have views over Dubai Marina and Burj Al Arab.
Established in 1958, Khyber Mumbai counts Sir Paul McCartney, Richard Gere, Demi Moore, Aamir Khan and the Kuwait Royal Family among its fans.
The new hotel, located on Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, is the second property under the Dukes brand in the world, with the original concept located in London.
Featuring 279 guestrooms and 227 hotel apartments, the hotel is set to open in quarter four of 2016.