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Handi, Jood Palace Hotel Dubai
Nominated for Best Indian
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Handi is best described as a pleasant surprise. A stalwart of old Dubai based in one of Deira’s few five star hotels, the Taj Palace, there’s not much to look at, the restaurant based in a small, plainly decorated and utterly forgettable space. There is plenty to hear however, with a fantastic duo providing some brilliant Indian classical music. It might seem a little loud in the main room, but it’s worth sticking it out for the tabla player’s virtuoso displays. The music will keep you entertained as you wait, because the kitchen takes its time to get things right – time well spent as the food is utterly fantastic. The tandori grills are some of the juiciest you’ll taste anywhere, while curries that sound bland on the menu burst with flavour on the plate. Prices might seem a little steep, but this is truly a case of getting what you pay for.
Open daily noon-3.30pm; 7pm-11.30pm. Taj Palace Hotel, Deira (04 211 3020).

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