Diwali Special - Your Guide to the Best Festival-Inspired Meals in Dubai

22 Oct, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

In RoundMenu’s previous blogpost, we introduced you to Diwali, the Festival of Lights, where we gave you a low-down of how the occasion is celebrated across Dubai.

Today, known affectionately as “Chhotti Diwali” (little Diwali), we bring to you the top five places where you can enjoy a festival-inspired meal with your friends and family this weekend. While many prefer staying in on these days and ordering their food in, or preparing it at home from scratch, we encourage you to do something different this year and try out the following places for a unique yet celebratory experience.


The Mint Leaf of LondonMint Leaf of London

Why? The hottest new Indian restaurant in town is a hosting a Diwali brunch this Friday, 24th October 2014. Inspired by the festival favourites, Mint Leaf of London will host an array of Indian specialties we insist you indulge in. The friendly service and the classy decor will simply add to the joyful experience.

What? The Murgh Wajid Ali (stuffed chicken breast in a dry-fruit sauce) will certainly surprise your palate. They also do a variety of vegetarian options such a the Shakahari Kebabs and the Kashmiri mushrooms stuffed with quinoa.

Where? DIFC; AED 245 per person.




Signature by Sanjeev KapoorSignature by Sanjeev Kapoor

Why? Offering a fusion between European and Indian cuisines, Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor is a delight to visit. Fabulous food aside, the dark and cool interiors scream understated elegance. Book for the Diwali degustation menu which is available until Saturday, 24th October 2014, which features the restaurant's best-sellers. 

What? The pani puri shooters for those who love a good roadside chaat (savoury). We also love their fish tikkas and their fresh juices.

Where? Meliá Hotel, Mankhool, Bur Dubai; AED 150 per person for the degustation menu.



Why? Mahec is going all-out on this festival season. The restaurant is serving a special 3-course set menu on Thursday, 23rd October 2014 and is hosting a Diwali Special brunch on Friday, 24th October 2014. Make the most of the changing weather and sit outdoors with shishas to enjoy a relaxed evening with your loved ones.

What? The ginger lamb chops and the mustard prawn curry are delectable. To end your meal, we suggest you dig in to their kesariya kulfi (milk and saffron ice cream).

Where? Le Meridien, Garhoud; AED 169 per person for the Diwali menu; AED 150 per person for the a la carte option.


Chor BazaarChor Bazaar

Why? The décor is kitsch and vibrant, and if you aren’t already, the atmosphere will put you in a festive mood. Chor Bazaar is offering a three-day Diwali special, where you can choose starters from live cooking stations, as well as grilled goods from the tandoor oven. Head over with your family and friends for an evening of fun and frolic during this festival… hurry, this offer ends on Friday, 24th October 2014.

What? For the vegetarians, we recommend the vegetable Kolhapuri curry. For the non-vegetarians, dig into their mutton Keema Ghilafi. End your meal with the Diwali favourite Motichur Laddus.

Where? Movenpick Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel, Jebel Ali. AED 149 per person with soft beverages; AED 225 per person with select house beverages.


Sai DhamSai Dham

Why? This non-descript tiny hole-in-a-wall eaterie will impress even the choosiest eater. Purely serving Saatvik food (vegetarian, sans garlic and onions), Sai Dham is surprisingly delicious. Perfect for the non meat-eaters observing this holy festival to the tee.

What? Go for the Tandoor Combo meal, with a grilled tandoor starter, buttery daal, a sundry item, yoghurt, salad and a dessert.

Where? Oud Metha; AED 100 per person.


We wish you a happy Diwali and a prosperous New Year! 

By Mayuri Gidwani

Content Editor for RoundMenu

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