Asha’s

Indian & Pakistani

  • Asha’s
Asha, in this instance, is Asha Bhosle, the Hindi singer and actress. Her restaurant serves northwest Indian cuisine and the menu is filled with classics alongside some more modern dishes and family choices that Asha has shared. Her influence is all over the menu, with anecdotes and explanations about the food. It’s a warming touch that complements the decor inside, and it feels like you’re really in a restaurant, rather than Mall of the Emirates. The service is great, managing to be knowledgeable and helpful. The papdi chat is presented beautifully, with crispy discs layered with yoghurt, mint and chutney; each mouthful is a treat. The chicken soup, meanwhile, is fragrant and light. There is a choice of about 25 mains, with a healthy portion of vegetarian options, and kebabs. The dhaniya murg (chicken cooked in a yoghurt and cashew nut sauce) is spicy and fresh tasting, while the mirch baingan ka salan comes in a thicker sauce, with chunks of baby eggplant and coconut. Like Asha herself, this restaurant is dependable and classy. Asha’s
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 27 April 2015

Location: - Oud Metha
Tel: 04 324 4100, 04 395 1231
Travel: Oud Metha Road
Cuisine: Indian
Experiences: Alcohol available, Outdoor seating, Romantic, Family friendly
Times: Open daily 12.30pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight
Price range: Dhs500+
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes
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  • murli Feb 19, 2013 06:19 pm
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    espicially after hearing the below bad reviewsss...................
  • Arif Jan 30, 2013 09:38 pm
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    The food is awfully expensive and tasteless. I would not recommend this restaurant to any one.
  • JD Jan 01, 2013 04:51 pm
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    As advised by management, Asha's is not an authentic Indian restaurant rather it is 'contemporary' Indian cuisine. That is highly debatable given the dishes on offer and presentation - names are 'athentic' Indian and so is the presentation - basic. Management should visit Indigo by Vineet Bhatia to get a feel of contemporary Indian food !

    Moving on... visited Asha's (Wafi) thrice (mix of business dinners and family visits) and believe I have narrowed down on what to order. Stick to the non-veg kebab platter, daal makhani and roti/naan and AVOID everything else (if you are from the sub continent). On the other hand, my colleagues from the West love the food !
  • Jassim Oct 06, 2012 06:17 am
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    We (Family of 7) went to the relatively newly opened Asha's at the Mall of Emirates yesterday.

    Being a friday night, the place was crowded but the hostess was really nice and managed to get us a nice enclosed place within 10 minutes.

    Raj, the waiter attending to us was patient and helped us in picking the right dishes, especially important when ordering curries/gravy dishes since the base of most are common and you risk ordering similar tasting dishes.

    We ordered malai chicken kabas (Excellent) and the prawn starters (Pathetic, tasted bland and was only palatable because it was deep fried and had a crunchy exterior).

    The drinks (Mocktails, Lassi's and the fresh orange juice) were OK.

    The three main dishes we ordered were a disaster (Methi Chicken, Laal Maas and Goan cashew chicken). The dishes were flat, tasteless and devoid of any flavour. The meat did not come across as fresh.

    The breads (Naan/Tandoor Roti/Kulchas) were over baked and lacked flavour.

    Towards the end of the dinner, the restaurant manager Pankaj approached us an enquired about the food and we gave our feedback to which the response was that the food is 'not authentic indian' 'contemporary' 'aimed at a wider customer base of arabs and other nationalities' who have a lower level of tolerance for spiced food.

    I guess i will have to agree with Pankaj on this (No sarcasm intended), Asha's seems to be an upmarket and pleasant restaurant for the average diner who would like to try out Indian food. For an Indian/Pakistani diner this would be really flat and bland. I kind now understand how a Chinese/Italian/Mexican would feel if he/she visits one of these Chinese/Italian/Mexican restuarants in the US or India.

    Overall we were happy with the ambience and the service but the food was very dissapointing.
  • Kishore Jul 04, 2012 01:42 pm
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    First time to Asha's place.........pretty good actually!

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