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Manvaar, Karama
Nominated for Best Indian
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Manvaar just might be the best-kept secret in Dubai’s Indian dining scene. Specialising in dishes from the ‘Land of Kings’, Indian’s largest region Rajasthan, the menu is likely to offer numerous pleasant surprises to even the most hardened connoisseurs of Indian cuisine. There’s a staggering range, with the kair saangri, paalak khumbh, egg curry and stuffed tomato all deserving of a paragraph of praise apiece, while the tandoori grills demand to be tasted – especially at these prices. Meanwhile, the bright orange walls, quirky nick-knacks and costumed staff give this restaurant a fun and independent vibe, and position it squarely between better known budget options and more expensive hotel offerings. It’s only the licence and live music found at some of those hotel-based competitors that some diners might miss, but otherwise this place is a bona fide gem.
Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight. Near the Fish Market, behind Al Adil Supermarket, Karama (04 336 8332).

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