Aangan: This restaurant is a firm favourite amongst Time Out staff and one that attracts diners to Bur Dubai from all parts of town. Although the restaurant can be quiet mid-week, hidden away within the Dhow Palace hotel, the quality of the food keeps us coming back. Chicken dishes are tender and not too stringy, possibly the tenderest we’ve tasted here, and lamb just falls off the bone. Extra points should go to their duck curry, which is one we still rave about months later. Heavy decor and ultra polite staff means this isn’t a happening joint but as you’re in Bur Dubai, you’re surrounded by places to move on to should you not feel too overstuffed – a common problem when eating curry. However, at Aangan always leave full, satiated, and satisfied. Quite a few people know this was little gem so if you’re planning on going at the weekend, book a table. Well worth the trip.
Call 04 359 9992 for more information.
Asha’s: Asha’s is buried at the end of the gilded maze of WAFI. The outside terrace, of pleasant dark wood and pale stone, and soft Indian music, makes for an excellent setting, despite the intrusive boom of the periodic concert songs played in the open-air centre of WAFI. Dig into the lime chutney with semi-circular popadoms, which has a pleasant sharp tang to counter the smoothness and cool of the mango and mint chutneys. Follow it with a starter of amritsaari machli – essentially deep fried hammour which are round, bhaji-looking items that have the most flavoursome, warm fish inside a light coating. With a good selection of kebab and curry dishes, Asha's makes a mean monaji chicken curry, a generous and wholesome dish in a pot with green chillies, coriander and tomatoes, the meat sweetened with almonds, while the sultanpuri kebabs have a dry crumbly texture that are tasty at first, and then cry out for a sauce or dip of any kind.. The restaurant excels on the unexpected, with some pleasant touches, though none of them fully accounting for the added margin of price compared to its rivals.
Call 04 324 0000 for more information.
Ashiana: Consistently rated as one of the best Indian restaurants in the city, a meal at this hidden gem at the Sheraton Dubai Creek won't disappoint. A pile of crispy popadoms will appear the moment you sit down with incredibly moreish mango chutney. Being able to order a pint of Indian hops is a welcome novelty. Starters of masala chicken and paneer are frankly enormous and one plate could have easily served two people. The menu, although not hugely extensive, offers dishes more complicated than the butter chicken which again arrived in a suitable amount of time after you've tackled as much of the starter as possible. Fluffy, independent grains of rice mix easily with the thick, rich sauces, and mopping up the leftovers with yummy garlic naan is an indulgent must. The naans are crisp, greasy and then soft in all the right places, without being too filling. For a midweek night, Ashiana is respectably full, and the live music gives the dark wood interior a real buzz. Impeccable service tops off one of the most enjoyable curries you'll have in town.
Call 04 228 1111 for more information.
Coconut Grove:Popular with diners looking for a decent, licensed curry house in the Satwa area, Coconut Grove boasts a huge range of dishes from around the Indian subcontinent, including a great range of seafood options. A view out over the city – albeit through windows that could do with a good wash – and some far-too-tasty poppodums help make this a great starter spot for a night out. The vegetable dishes, on the whole, tend to taste almost identical to each other, as in the case of the dahl makhani (which is also extraordinarily rich for the traditionally bland dish) and the mixed vegetable balti. Apart from colour and texture, the two are almost indiscernible from one another, not to mention surprisingly oily. However the shellfish dishes are superb. A karaikudi lobster masala, though not as spicy as one might hoped, is tangy, flavoursome and stuffed with generous chunks of rich meat, while the dry nadra kai kara puluzu is presented with a large bowl of deliciously sweet crabs, garnished with a tomato, garlic and chilli-based sauce. There are few places that deserves your custom more if you’ve got your heart set on good quality, at extremely reasonable prices.
Call 04 398 3800 for more information.
Handi:You can’t go wrong with Handi for wholesome, tasty north Indian fare. True, its layout is not as spacious as some of the other Indian restaurants in top hotels, but it doesn’t feel cramped. We’d recommend reserving a table if you want to be close to the musicians who strum popular tunes for diners. The service is top-notch and well deserving of the Taj name, but don’t go expecting tipples as there’s nothing stronger than a masala chai. Food-wise, you’re rather spoilt for choice – you can opt for a set menu (both vegetarian and non-vegetarian) or thalis (none of which cross the Dhs200 mark), but there’s also an a la carte menu and special promotions to decide from. Try sharing the mille julle mixed kebab platter – the mutton and fish selection is good, but their chicken is excellent. The chef’s recommendation of tawa murgh Punjabi – chicken cooked in a Punjabi preparation – is a little on the bland side though makes a nice change from the usual chicken tikka fare. Make no mistake, Handi will leave a dent in your pocket, but most are willing to pay the price.
Call 04 211 3020 for more information.
Indego by Vineet:Combine Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia’s fusion of traditional Indian and contemporary European cuisine with an über-sophisticated setting and you have a winning formula on your hands – which may explain why Indego is such a hit with Dubai’s discerning crowds. Low-level lighting casts a mysterious glow on the Hindu sculptures that simultaneously watch over diners and divide the restaurant into small, intimate sections. In terms of attentiveness, the service is flawless, but it can tend to be a trifle overbearing, especially if you’re trying to have an uninterrupted conversation, and attempts at up-selling are frequent. The tandoori starters – particularly the delicate chunks of feather-soft salmon, which come lovingly marinated in honey and chilli – are a smash although the traditional curry mains tend to be pleasant but fairly generic. Anything but generic, however, is the chocolate samosa pud – truly sensational. You’ll need more than a couple of spare Dirhams to eat here but for a special night, it is well worth the investment.
Call 04 399 8888 for more information.
iZ:iZ is not about casual dining. A visit would either be a special occasion or you are one of the city’s high-end diners used to frequenting the Grand Hyatt Dubai for meetings. Cordial staff lead you to a seat at the counter or the dining area, a delicious whiff emitting from the live cooking stations welcomes you in. The restaurant’s cream and dark-brown wooden furnishings evokes elegance, complemented by the focused lighting that helps keep the food in the spotlight. The menu changes every day and iZ cooks up some high calibre fare. The malai seekh kebabs simply melt in the mouth, the flavours ooze out on each bite. In the mains, suckers for spicy food may relish the prawns masala, with a delirious zing of yellow chillis and mustard. The chefs excel in the rice preparation as well – each grain is moist and aromatic, yet quite firm and independent. Cash conscious diners may head here just after noon, when the restaurant does relatively economical, tapas style set-menu lunch deals.
Call 04 317 2400 for more information.
Kebab Korner:It’s regrettable to judge a book by its cover, but it’s unfortunate to miss it altogether just because it was stacked away in an unlikely corner of the store. Kebab Korner, tucked inside the Howard Johnson (formerly Highland City) hotel at one end of Bur Dubai’s Computer Street, serves a wide range of kebabs and some scrumptious curries cooked in the dum style. While the kebabs are good, they are not exceptional; but the curries here are refreshingly different. The smoke-flavoured murgh begum bahar is a pleasant surprise, and even the popular fare such as choosa makhani and paneer-stuffed dum aloo Bhojpuri are top class. But what truly marks out Kebab Korner is its décor that carries you straight into the earthy settings of rural Rajasthan - complete with the mud-smeared walls, straw-matted ceilings, ornate window screens, bead curtains and hanging puppets. The ethnic effect is augmented by the live music and dance performance in the late evenings. The reasonable amount on the food bill ensures that one carries that pleasure even after exiting Kebab Korner.
Call 04 393 8538 for more information.
Kebab Khazana:Sanjeev Kapoor’s Khazana is the Indian celebrity chef’s signature restaurant in Dubai, and the master’s impeccable touch is apparent in its every detail. Khazana insists on smart casual dressing and the air of propriety pervades throughout. The interiors evoke the tranquility of a garden restaurant: the lighting and ambient music are perfectly restrained, and the intelligent use of cane wood and plants give each dining group a sense of privacy and intimacy. The staff are efficient but non-intrusive, paving the way for a memorable dining experience. The food, in one word, is exquisite. The ingredients are fresh unlike any other restaurant in town and the preparations are absolutely authentic. They are flavoured enough to titillate the taste buds, yet gentle on the chilli and spices for the curries, starters, coastal food, biryanis and even the Anglo-Indian specialities. Khazana, in Hindi, means treasure, which invariably commands a hefty price. Khazana is expensive compared to its peers but most of the starters and mains come in liberal portions. Average price of a meal for two (including a glass of house wine each).
Call 04 336 0061 for more information.
Kebab Manvaar:Consistently serving faultless Rajasthani fare, Manvaar has long been a favourite of Time Out. We recommend the dahl bati churma – the house specialty, which is so special for its tactile (not to mention tasty) nature. A warm, toasty dumpling will come served with a side of creamy, nutty dahl. The idea is to break up the bun with your hand and get dipping. Needless to say the rest of the menu features gems such as the lemon-based chicken achari that’ll have you licking your lips and mentally planning your next trip down. The service is swift, sweet and friendly, and the restaurant looks and feels the part – all turmeric oranges and chilli reds, that give it a vibrant, yet homely feel.
Call 04 336 8332 for more information.
Emirates Smart Wallet packs Emirates ID, passport and e-gate card into your smartphone
Brilliant homegrown brands in Dubai
Check out these home-grown businesses that showcase true entrepreneurial style
Dubai opens first night swimming beach in the UAE
Swim from sunset to midnight at Umm Suqeim 1 Beach
HUGE new island project announced for Dubai
Wild Wadi to move and double in size as two new islands get built next to the Burj Al Arab
Indian Food May 26, 2012 08:16 am
what a great and nice hotel.......
Indian Food May 25, 2012 02:57 pm
very nice and interesting.......
Amjad Apr 28, 2012 10:41 pm
Aangan: had dinner there yesterday;doesn't deserve the hype.
Arjun Oct 05, 2011 12:03 pm
Timeout seems to have decided to add "Kebab" to the names of Khazana (No.9) and Manvaar (No.10) for some reason.
Aditya Sep 14, 2011 12:46 pm
Is this guy straight off a boat from england or what? What in the name of god is a 'curry house'!!. Its like calling any english/American restaurant a bacon/cheese corner. If you do not know about real indian food, and dont know how to enjoy it, and all you can order is couple of varieties of kebab and chicken curry, then please refrain from writing articles about our exquisite quisine as though you know something. This is by no means a collection of the best food, its just some expensive ones,most of which are'nt as gud, when you consider the charges. If you want real indianfood at amazingly reasonable prices,some options to check out are -'Tandoori', in Ibn batuta mall, or 'Antique bazaar' in 4 point sheraton, or Dhaba in Dubai grand hotel. It will be a public service, if you dont write any more articles on indian cuisine!