Caterer gets behind the scenes access at Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar at the JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai.

Hidden beyond an array of reds and blacks within the new JW Marriott Marquis Hotel, Dubai, sits Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar.

As I wait for Kochhar in one of the exotic lounge booths, kitted out with colourful cushions displayed neatly on a crescent shaped sofa, a waiter pops along to take my beverage request.

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To set the scene before I meet the man himself, I agree to a cup of Indian masala chai.

I spend a little time absorbing the surroundings. Having previously visited the hotel and being lucky enough to see a few of the 14 outlets it comprises, I notice this one, much like some of the others has the same dark-coloured interiors, a moody, yet mysterious feel to it.

Kochhar himself, though visiting numerous times and supervising the project pre-opening, has had little to do with the actual design of the 80-cover outlet, telling me “it’s totally the designer’s decision.”

The element of surprise on seeing the finished project has thus been as special to him as a customer visiting for the first time.

“I absolutely love the look of it, it’s fantastic. Burnt orange is one of my favourite colours ,” he tells me.

Of course, this isn’t Kochhar’s first venture in Dubai. Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar follows Zafran which opened in Dubai’s Mirdiff City Centre in 2010.

Upon settling in the UK in 2001, Kochhar opened a string of restaurants in across the country and in Ireland, including renowned outlet Benaras. But Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar is different to anything he’s done before.

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