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You’ll get a warm welcome at Venus, a small café in Karama serving vegetarian food. The menu is long with some dishes that you won’t find anywhere else, but the friendly staff will make suggestions. If you’re indecisive, go for the thali – it’s about as good here as anywhere in Dubai, and you’ll get plenty of change from Dhs50. As well as the dahl and three vegetable curries, you’ll get as much rice as you can manage and perhaps the best poori in the city. Mounds of them. The food here is fresh, tasty and cheap, and the service is everything you’d want from a café-type restaurant.
Open daily 7am-midnight. Opposite Lulu Hypermarket and Karama Park, Karama, (04 335 2113)

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