Indian Delights a Journey around India – Part 2: Old Dubai

29 May, 2014 / Posted By Mayuri

Bur Dubai

ClaypotClaypot: Apart from the variety of Chaats (I encountered a mindboggling variety of them in their Indian Street Food Festival), the menu has a lot of vegetarian options. Interestingly, this is also one of the few Indian restaurants in Dubai offering a special Jain menu (not only completely vegetarian, but also excludes onions, garlic and other root vegetables).





Mumtaz MahalMumtaz Mahal: No name for a restaurant can be more Indian than this and the restaurant is juxtaposed against an overtly ethnic set up - red velevetty cushions, live Sitar and traditional dance performances (read Bollywood style traditional Indian!) and an elaborate Menu offering rich Mughlai cuisine being prepared in a Live show kitchen.



QureshisQureshi's Kebab & Curry: The menu has the blessing of the legendary Chef Qureshi and although not everything in the menu hits the right sensory note, it's the Sikandari Raan, the Kasturi Kabab or the Kakori Kabab that melts in the mouth are the reasons we keep on revisiting this place for.




RaviRavi Restaurant: Our standard order here is Mutton Biriyani, Bihari Kabab, Brain Nihari, Paya and Mutton Peshawari. Although here, you get the latter by the plate, it is used to be available by the kilo in the Ravi Restaurant that is near Al Fahidi Street. Forget about cholesterol, this is one place where even the celebrities don't hog the limelight but the oily Biriyani does, and the place does get a lot of footfall from celebrities!


PindaPind Da Dhaba: Not exactly a Dhaba (roadside eatery in an Indian village), this is the most Dhaba-like feel that one can get in a city like Dubai with the vibrant rustic decor - rickshaw converted into a dining-table or a hand water pump! The menu is Punjabi and my recommendation is to start of with a chilled Lassi - the thick churned Yoghurt drink and the Punjabi speciality dish - Sarson ka Sarg and Kadhi Pakoda!







Kulcha KingKulcha King: Here dollops of butter is just an accessory to most dishes. The service is better during the weekdays than on weekends, simply because the place is not very big and people are waiting for you to finish your meals. Of course, it's  a place to order Kulchas - Kulchas of various kinds - Cheese Kulcha, Aloo Kulcha, Paneer Kulcha, Keema Kulcha and more. Don't forget that there's more to the menu here than just Kulchas!



BikanervalaBikanervala: Apart from the Indian sweets stacked in the 'Bengali Sweets' section, the other reason that one should visit Bikanervala are the voluptuous Baturas (fluffed up giant sized Puris) served with the Cholas or the Dahi Puri where the thick Dahi or the Yoghurt can very well be mistaken for butter!






Oudh Metha

Chatori GaliChatori Gali: Incredible service and jaw-dropping desserts (specially the Malpua, Rabdi and the Jalebis) and for everything in between, starting with typical Indian starters like Punjabi Samosas. No fuss even if you enter 5 minutes before the kitchen is about to shut down (not that I am recommending that you do this) - this is a place where Punjabi hospitality is at it's best.



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