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Aryaas
Nominated for Best Budget
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This eatery has quickly become a stalwart among Bur Dubai’s Indian offerings. The fact that this restaurant was packed full of Indian families when we visited on a Saturday should testify to its relatively rapid surge in popularity. The surroundings feel wholly appropriate for a south Indian feast on-the-go, offering a contemporary, canteen-style dining concept downstairs and rather more convivial and relaxed dining upstairs. Among the highlights on the menu is Aryaas’ version of the south Indian staple vazhapoo vada; this tightly packed lentil cake made with banana flowers is thoroughly authentic. The show-stopping dish must undoubtedly be the ghee paper masala dosa. Aryaas is certainly proud of this unofficial signature dish. Expect the crispy crêpe-style dish to be a huge, Burj Khalifa-esque cone stuffed with a spicy, creamy concoction of mashed potato, sautéed onion and peas. Just be prepared to draw attention to yourself when it arrives.
Open daily 7.30am-11.30pm. Bur Dubai, Bank Street (04 357 7800).


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