Chef Himanshu Saini’s restaurant in Dubai, Trèsind Studio, bagged the second spot on Middle East and North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 and is ranked number 11 on The World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023 list. The twice Michelin-starred chef talks to Travel+Leisure India & South Asia about his journey to success and the evolving food scene in the metropolis.
Editor-in-chief: Aindrila Mitra
Produced by: Ishika Laul and Bayar Jain
Fuelled by curiosity and a desire to put desi dishes on Dubai’s culinary map, Chef Himanshu Saini repackages familiar flavours in a new avatar at Trèsind Studio, an immersive dining experience that crafts modern Indian cuisine. These dishes, however, come with its own share of theatrics. With each bite, diners take a trip through the country’s many regions, tracing the journey of India’s varied tastes and palates. This drama is dialed up as the 20-seat restaurant plunges into complete darkness for a course or two, amping the focus on food.
Chef Himanshu Saini’s personal journey to the culinary world has been just as dramatic. An accidental chef who plunged into the hospitality industry partly by chance and partly by subconscious planning, his culinary artistry has skyrocketed over the years — with no plans of slowing down any time soon! Post a rigorous training period at the famed Indian Accent in New Delhi, Chef Himanshu Saini–along with Bhupender Nath, founder and managing director of Trèsind–toyed with the idea of bringing a slice of India to Dubai. In the process, the dynamic duo set up a progressive dining space that quickly went on to win every gastronomic title — two Michelin stars, making it the only Indian restaurant in United Arab Emirates to clinch this title twice; spot 11 on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023; and number two on Middle East & North Africa’s 50 Best Restaurants 2023.
In a conversation with Chef Himanshu Saini, the digital cover star spills the beans on his recipe to success, struggles, and more.
Excerpts from the interview with Chef Himanshu Saini: