By Ishita B Saha: Dine & Dash… what else can the name of a Business Lunch in a restaurant be, when the executive chef at the helm of the kitchens runs the marathon and gives a gleaming smile dashing from the different kitchens knowing that the pedometer is basking with the perfect digits? Tesoro, true to its meaning ‘treasure’, is a global eatery and showcases the melting pot of several cultures and cuisines. In many places, a business lunch is gradually becoming an efficient sampler for what a restaurant has to offer (often a healthier sampler), without breaking the bank. Tesoro too has created a business lunch on the go – the Dine & Dash. Debbie and I go back to the Tesoro terrace for a proper lunch this time (after having visited many times in the last few months to discuss our first #BringBackBalance event – Farm to Table special lunch – a trip to the Organic Oasis to pick veggies with our guests along with Chef Jitin and Chef Aabhash and come back to the hotel for a curated lunch. The day was cloudy with an extra chill in the air and felt very exhilarating. Of course, a stunning backdrop of Taj Dubai added the extra garnishing to the Tesoro dining experience!
Dine & Dash
Our entire journey right now is choosing healthy options while we dine out. From the Dine and Dash menu, you can choose the healthy dishes like the Lentil Soup and Microgreens with Haloumi & Pomegranate while in the a la carte there are other options such as Burrata Bowl, Beetroot Hummus, Spicy Guacamole, Miso Black Cod, Quinoa Goat Cheese Salad etc, which you can down with complimenting smoothies like Nutribullet, Green Lush, Green Lush, Berrilicious and Beat the heat! Debbie opted for the Dine & Dash menu while I decided on settling for the a la carte. Portions sizes are big and filling, specially the two courses from the Dine & Dash menu – the Rock shrimp with truffle/chilli mayo for starters and the Teriyaki chicken skewers with garden salad for the mains – and all priced at AED 75, is definitely value for money. I couldn’t resist the savoury Papdi chaat and ordered a few of Tesoro’s signature dishes – the Beetroot Hummus, the Nepalese Momo and the Miso Black Cod with shiitake, edamame & water chestnuts. The Beetroot Hummus looked stunning and seemed more like a dessert – I took a lot of fancy to this overtly sweet hummus (recipe here) than Debbie did, as she’s a self confessed ‘hummus purist’! The presentation of the food arriving at the table really matches the media images that were sent to us earlier (hmmm that’s a bone of contention that we need to pick up with a few other restaurants where the actually food doesn’t match the images on the menu), the staff is well versed with the dishes in the menu, excited to share their suggestions etc and of course, the location is a stunner. Probably because of the dishes that we chose for our lunch – most of them a bit sweet, we skipped ordering the desert. But we believe that the Chocolate fondant with cinnamon churros and the Rhubarb cheesecake with strawberries called for a revisit!
Dine & Dash is priced at AED 75 for two courses. Here’s another cool tip that’s really light on your wallet – you can avail a 50% off on F&B bill on Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Chef Jitin Joshi, Executive Chef at Taj Dubai
With a culinary background of working at Gordon Ramsay’s Maze as Head Pastry Chef in Jason Atherton’s team (in the same year in which it was awarded One Michelin Star) to taking on the role of Executive Chef at Atul Kochhar’s fine dining Indian restaurant Benares and joining the later again as they set up the first Indian restaurant Sindhu onboard the prestigious P&O Cruise, serving Indian Tapas style lunches and modern Indian dinners – Chef Jitin’s culinary heritage in both Western and India cuisine is exemplary.
Chef Jitin and the Tesoro team has also been actively involved in the Friday Farmers’ Market at Bay Avenue – from buying fresh, local, organic produce directly from the farmers and educating and engaging the Friday buyers through live cooking demonstrations. We are proud that we have Chef Jitin amongst us to help us chart our #BringBackCampaign by sharing recipes from Tesoro – all of them delicious, healthy and that can be recreated at our homes very easily.
Chef Jitin’s swop tips
- Instead of boiling beets, wrap them in aluminium foil and bake for better flavour
- Steam broccoli, instead of boiling as it keeps the nutrients from leeching
- To extract more juice from a lime, put it in the microwave oven for 10 seconds
- Equal parts of honey, vinegar, soy make a quick salad dressing
Chef Aabhas Mehrotra, Chef de Cuisine at Tesoro
Chef Abhash Mehrotra has an enviable culinary lineage too – honing his skills working with Michelin Star famed Chef Vineet Bhatia, Chef Anil Rohira (World Pastry Champion 2008), Chef Peter Yeun (King of Laminated Pastries) and Chef Vikas Bagul (World ChocolateMaster 2014). His young and dynamic approach and his experience from Patisserie to Thai to Italian Fine Dining and Gourmet Global Dining helps in creating the Tesoro menu delectable and trendy.
Our most Instagram worthy moments in the last two months have probably been our work meetings at the Tesoro terrace. The rays of the setting sun against the world’s tallest building are indeed a few #MyDubai moments in all its glory (left).
[We are very excited to launch our new Wellness category called ‘Balance’ with a special campaign called #BringBackBalance in collaboration with Oman Insurance Company (OIC) and Bupa Global. A series of bespoke events follow at various venues for the next few months, the first one kick starting at Tesoro, Taj Dubai. We are also very happy to have Verve Marketing & Communications on board as our PR & Marketing Partner for this campaign.]
[All images have been taken by Team FoodeMag, excepting the chefs’ images.]