It is easier to spice things up when it costs less
Time Out Dubai staff
Asha’s Save 20% on all food and drinks
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. Dig into the lime chutney with semicircular popadoms, which has a pleasant sharp tang to counter the smoothness and cool of the mango and mint chutneys. Follow it with ‘amritsaari machli’ to start – essentially deep fried hammour – which are round, bhaji-looking items that have the 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. For dessert, the pista kulfi is refreshing, with the ice cream nestled in an intriguing portion of vermicelli, mixed with sugar-syrup and saffron. The restaurant excels on the unexpected, with some
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-11pm. WAFI (04 324 4100).
Bombay By The Bay Save 15% on all food
Fanned by giant peacock feathers and sinking in to canopied sofas on the covered terrace, Bombay by the Bay makes the effort to make diners comfortable. You could say the same about the head waiter, who is a very friendly fellow and proud to recommend dishes – and he knows what he’s talking about – the kebab platter of marinated paneer, prawns, chicken and lamb is truly delicious. The unique popadom replacement is also worthy of praise. A main of shingoda tak-a-tak is also a hit – with the lobster pieces tossed in spices and served in the whole shell. Bombay is a step above the chain restaurants found on The Walk.
Open daily noon-3pm; 6pm-11.30pm. Rimal Plaza, Level One, The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence (04 429 7979).
Copper Chimney Save 20% on all food
In Mumbai, Copper Chimney has a bit of a following as an informal spot for drool-worthy kebabs and an inexpensive buffet lunch. The restaurant’s Emirates Hills branch makes the most of a sterile mall setting (inside the town centre with exposed brick walls lined with copper pots). The tandoori chicken chaat is spicy but the mahi tikka lasooni is more forgiving with juicy chunks of hammour coming swathed in a thick, citrusy paste. The parda subs biryani arrives buried in a floral waft, and comes with gentle smells of jasmine. It enriches many of the dishes, including the murgh hara masala, with plump nuggets of chicken, lashings of garlic and fenugreek puree. Quality food and a decent meal – what more can you ask for?
Open daily 11.30am-10.30pm. Emirates Hills (04 363 9948).