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Calicut Paragon
Nominated for Best Indian
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Having to queue to get in a restaurant is surely a good sign, especially when it is in the heart of Dubai’s ‘curry corridor’ of Satwa, Karama and Bur Dubai. Paragon is popular, and for good reason. The Keralan food is delicious and it is a brilliant choice for budget eats, with most main course coming in at about Dh25. The menu is varied, but the seafood is a speciality. Crab Thusar is a thick, spicy sauce with a full crab broken up inside, it isn’t dainty but it is delicious. Mop it up with appams, pancakes made from fermented rice and coconut milk. The Pollichathu is also recommended, a fish in a masala rub and cooked in a banana leaf. Portions are plentiful and service is excellent. This is food to delve into and enjoy, leave any inhibitions at the door and take a trip to Southern India.
Open daily 7am-1.30am. Karama (04 335 8700).

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