A sensory dining experience at Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm

Sponsored: Embark on a culinary journey through the resort’s seven dining and bar options, inspired by a mix of modern twists

On the white sands of the Palm Jumeirah, Taj Exotica Resort & Spa, The Palm, Dubai, is a striking island oasis that offers great Indian hospitality, culinary adventures, wellness and relaxation. Opened in March this year, it is the first Taj Exotica in the Middle East. The scenic surroundings in which the resort is located served as inspiration for the stunning interior by Hirsch Bedner Associates (HBA).

Providing unique dining experiences has long been a pride of the award-winning Taj hotel brand. Located on The Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, the Taj Exotica Resort & Spa is destined to bring the same excellence to the region. The resort’s seven dining options invite guests on a sensational gastronomic journey. Each concept is distinct, drawn from a variety of cultures and nations, with contemporary takes on classic dishes made with the finest ingredients.


This contemporary Indian fine dining restaurant, where the plate is the canvas and the palate the palette, is inspired by Varq, a skillfully crafted gold or silver leaf used to decorate gourmet dishes and a symbol fit for royalty. Enjoy dishes such as Varqui crab, a fusion of tandoori prawns, crispy filo and gold leaf. Plus, treat yourself to artisan blends, house beverages, and special experiences — like Chef Varq’s Table, Tasting Menus, and motivational Grape Tasting Nights.

Every day from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to midnight. Visit the website Where instagram

Raia rooftop bar and lounge

Raia offers chic comfort in a bustling Arabesque setting with its unique style, alluring flavors and panoramic views of Dubai’s famous cityscape and the Palm skyline. In this alluring lounge, immerse yourself in a world of Moroccan and Andalusian aesthetics with a contemporary ambiance and friendly hospitality. Embark on a journey of the senses with a fantastic range of blends, inspired by the Spice Route and featuring exotic ingredients from Mumbai to Marrakech, such as rose, saffron, tarragon and ginger.

Every day from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. Visit the website Where instagram

roaring bunny

A remarkable fusion of traditional gourmet fare, eclectic modern decor and the soon to be established quiz night tradition. Savor your favorite craft hops and inventive blends, including house specialties such as Roaring Mary made with infused drinks, tomato juice, splashes of tabasco, Worchester sauce and fresh lemon juice. The witty humor and roaring bunny attitude are everywhere. From the menu, to the decor, to the warmth of the laid-back hosts, you’ll be happy to fall down this rabbit hole.

Every day from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Visit the website Where instagram

Palm Kitchen

The breakfast menu at this eye-catching international restaurant is the highlight of Taj Exotica cuisine, and is best enjoyed in bright, airy surroundings with soothing tunes from live flute or violin. In the evening, it transforms into an informal dining setting and offers a delicious buffet dinner. The global menu, which draws inspiration from cuisines around the world, offers both familiar and new flavors to satisfy every palate.

From Tuesday to Sunday from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Visit the website Where instagram

Lime Pool Bar

Follow this bar’s motto “When life gives you limes, the Lime Pool Bar whips up the drinks”, swim up to the bar, sit back and enjoy handcrafted selections at their poolside cabanas.

Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website Where instagram

The side

This seaside bistro is designed for lazy days under the sun and lively weekends to the rhythm of the waves. Indulge in some of the most acclaimed international dishes while enjoying a handcrafted drink while admiring the stunning views of The Palm Jumeirah.

Every day from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Visit the website Where instagram

Emperor’s Lounge

In the heart of the Taj Exotica lobby, this upscale lounge offers traditional English or Mumbai afternoon tea in a relaxed atmosphere and blends classic with a modern twist. Gourmet coffee and a variety of soothing blended teas are accompanied by a tantalizing selection of pastries and baked goodies.

Every day from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Visit the website Where instagram

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