If you’re planning on heading to this quirky, unlicensed grill house in Karama (and we recommend you do), make a reservation.
The dining room is tiny and it gets very busy with groups of friends and families. As the name would suggest, it’s not ideal for vegetarians, but there are a few bites that are suitable (onion rings, corn on the cob, and vegetable “naanza” – pizza-style naan breads).
The menu is frankly all over the place, but it’s the Indian dishes that dominate – and they’re the ones we recommend most.
We try the Mexican-style corn, but while we like the lime and chilly coating, we aren’t overly impressed with the corn itself, which could do with more charring so the kernels pop a little more.
The Atomic Prawns also fail to wow, they’re not as spicy as the name suggests, though the portion is good for Dhs36.
Chicken tikka is a hit, though, cooked perfectly in the tandoor, spicy and with a cooling yoghurt and mint dip. Another Indian stalwart, dhal makhani, hits home, too. You can tell it’s slow-cooked and is a velvety, rich warm cuddle of a dish.
The assortment of breads we order are all excellent, too. We look on in envy at the next table’s mixed grill and wished we’d stuck to the venue’s modus operandi.
Quite why some of the more out there dishes on the menu are there remains to be seen, but stick to the grilled meat and Indian dishes and there’s lots to like here.
The Meating Room