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Karachi Darbar

Nominated for Best Budget 12 Comments

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While not as well-known as the iconic Ravi Restaurant in Satwa, Karachi Darbar in Karama is certainly the more esteemed outlet’s equal in many ways, right down to the buzzing neon sign that dominates its appearance. Its spacious outdoor patio area attracts diners from the sub-continent, western Europe and the emirates alike, drawn in by the aroma of barbecued meats wafting down the street and the sight of vast plates of fluffy breads being carried out to tables. Staff are much quicker on their feet than those at most more expensive Pakistani restaurants. Tuck into huge chicken and lamb kebabs made of good-quality meat given the low cost (less than a bottle of water at most restaurants). We advise curry fans to avoid mutton dishes, which can be bland, and stick with spicier, tangier vegetarian options.
Open daily 4pm-1am. Karama, Dubai (04 334 7272).

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Posted by: rob on 13 Mar ' 13 at 10:11
  • Best for: Family friendly

I've only been to the one across the street from Zabeel Park, but I can't say enough good things about it. As others have said, piles of tasty food for cheap, the service is swift and the place is clean. I eat like a champion and I've yet to get the bill over AED 40.

Posted by: zaheer on 16 Dec ' 12 at 00:08

Posted by: Rahman Khan Delhiwala on 18 Oct ' 12 at 20:33
  • Best for: Family friendly

wonderful dinner we had with delicious kababs,curries,chicken tikkas,no doubt no one can beat KD in price comparing with their neatness hygiynic food and a friendly enviroment, i love their fresh roti, this tandoori roti you can et without any side dish, you can really take it as dry pizza.....it seems a celebration always at KD.

Posted by: Heidi on 09 May ' 12 at 13:51

Lovely food, absolutely stuffed our faces for 70 AED including drinks. The map is wrong here however, it's actually on the service road off Sheikh Rashid Road before you get to Sana Fashion.

Posted by: d j madnani on 06 Jan ' 12 at 06:10
  • Best for: Family friendly

excellent food,would definately recommend

Posted by: Sayonee on 26 Nov ' 11 at 18:52
  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: Sayonee on 26 Nov ' 11 at 18:29
  • Best for: Family friendly

Posted by: Rizwan Takkhar on 17 Oct ' 11 at 21:30

Probably the most consistent Chicken Tikka in Dubai. Been eating at Karachi Darbar for more than 15 years now and it still tastes the same! At no other place in Dubai will you find great, fresh Pakistani BBQ starting at under AED10.

Their curries might sometimes go wrong during busy lunch times but the most reliable 'curries' you can ahve here: Nihari and Haleem. Cheap and delicious at any time of the day, seriously. I'm not a rice person so won't talk about their Biryani (which I've heard is pretty decent though).

For the price of per-person-dining, Karachi Darbar is my first choice during the day. I love alone and have to eat out a lot. KD is cheap, has a no-nonsense service attitude and their Pakistani BBQ is pretty freakin' amazing.

Posted by: Jack on 03 Jan ' 11 at 05:20

This place is clean, cheap and the food really quite good. If ever there was an instance where you didn't get what you pay for than this is it. For the euivalent of about £7 my dad and I ate until we could barely move. Ok you wouldn't want to eat here everyday, or you might end up looking like the Mitchelin man, but for a good meal and great reliable service then this is the place to eat.

Posted by: Mike Harrison on 30 Dec ' 10 at 20:54

This is a place where you can stuff yourself to a standstill for what is, to western eyes, a ridiculously low price. In October 2010, a blowout sharing lunch for two hungry blokes: Bhindi Masala, Alu Palak, Dall, Chicken Byrinani, Salad, and Tandori Roti; plus two bottles of water and two soft drinks came in at 33 Dirhams. That's under £4. The quality is basic but tasty, though it’s likely the salt and fat content would shock a western dietician. Food hygiene appears good (though I would always avoid 'wet' curry dishes -- in which pre-cooked meat is reheated in a sauce -- as a routine precaution in any cheap eaterie), and service is businesslike. How you rate the ambience depends what you're looking for. If it's workaday authentic then here you'll get it by the bucket load. Would I go again? Definitely yes -- if I can find the place in the labyrinth of poorly-labelled streets. If the advice, “When in doubt eat where the locals do”, is anything to go by this place is OK. One hundred underpaid taxi drivers can't be wrong!

Posted by: Ben on 28 Oct ' 10 at 12:36
  • Best for: Family friendly

Great food at a very good price. Can't beat it really, even if the decor and service are pretty poor!

Posted by: Priyankka on 28 Sep ' 10 at 17:11
  • Best for: Family friendly


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