Chingaar

International City Indian spot

  • Chingaar
If you hate surprises, don’t come here. Chingaar is full of them. First of all its slogan of ‘A Fine Dine’ is somewhat misleading. Tucked up in a dusty road of the China cluster in International City, the Indian restaurant was hardly fancy – unless your idea of class is having wrapping paper stuck on the ceiling and gift bows adorning the walls. This strange attempt to jazz the place up did have a certain endearing quality, however, and my date and I became determined to enjoy our experience.

We sat near the TV and Ikea mirrors so we could watch MTV or ourselves, should conversation falter. The smiling waiter brought us out paper take-away menus jam-packed with Chinese and Indian dishes. I was flummoxed, not only about how they cooked up all these dishes, but how they managed to fit all the ingredients necessary in the tiny kitchen.

I decided to delve into the Chinese section first and ordered a spring roll. Another surprise: it was the best spring roll I have ever tasted. Cut into three pieces (it was a big ’un) the shell was delightfully crisp, bubbly and non-greasy and it was generously stuffed with tender chicken, bean sprouts and the other obligatory veggies. For the main I ordered the paneer makhini. Mopped up with a huge, piping hot, buttery garlic naan and coupled with fluffy basmati rice, it was delicious.

The cottage cheese cubes had a delightful hint of chewiness, and the gravy was a creamy, onion-kissed concoction. My date’s chicken shahi korma was not as successful. After prising the meat from the bones there wasn’t much left and the gravy, which was made with cashew nut, cream, butter and white pepper, looked and tasted like Campbell’s soup. After clearing away our dishes the waiter promptly presented us with our (very small) bill. Not sure why – there wasn’t exactly a queue for our table, but perhaps we looked as full as we felt.

Unfortunately, the lack of atmosphere at the restaurant was off-putting and a past Chingaar diner told me their beef had been pretty gristly. But, if you order a takeaway and stick with the vegetarian dishes, you will be pleasantly surprised.

The bill (for two)

1x Spring roll Dhs15
1x Paneer pakoda Dhs16
1x Paneer makhini Dhs16
1x Chicken shahi korma Dhs 18
1x Basmati rice Dhs10
1x Garlic naan Dhs4
1x Butter naan Dhs3
3x Lemonade Dhs24
1x Apple juice Dhs10
Total (excluding service) Dhs116 Chingaar
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By Daisy Carrington | 28 September 2009

Location: International City - Dubai
Tel: 04 420 0660
Travel: Manama Street
Cuisine: Indian
Experiences: Takeaway available
Times: Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-midnight
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Abdullah Apr 20, 2013 03:37 pm
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    Just had Chicken Hyderabadi Biryani. It tasted good and with the chutney even better. The food is worth trying and the prices are also not too high.
  • D Tharmaraj Dec 15, 2012 06:02 am
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    Chingaar has a new menu of Malaysian and Singaporean Chinese and Malay dishes. My family and I frequent Malaysian restaurants in Dubai, admittedly, scarce in supply, had chicken satay, crispy noodles, bee hoon, murtabak. The taste is undeniably Malaysian. The satay is tender and succulent. We went back and again and again - and now even do their take-outs for dinner which they deliver - nasi lemak, mamak mee, chicken rice, ayam masak merah are all tasty and inexpensive. Highly recommended for those who love Malaysian and Singaporean food in Dubai. :o)
  • Neelam Apr 16, 2010 06:30 am
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    The Food is excellet ....... I jus happen to go down with my cousin to meet a friend ........ was not hungry , but when the food was served on the table - i did not stop. More over when i went back home (Sharjah) i told my room mates about the place , the next day we lande up at 5.00pm outside the rest' ........ It was closed , but when i dialed the number of the restr' the call was forwarded to a mobile & they in 15 minutes opened the rest' for jus 2 of us & served us food ........ The Roghan Gosht & Chicken Tikka with the green chatni is AWSUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM ....... Now i am at work , on a call with Chingaar - ordering sumthn for my friends ........ !!!
  • Augustine Nov 21, 2009 12:25 pm
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    I love their BBQ very much
  • Satish Udayakanth Nov 21, 2009 12:09 pm
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    Check the Kerala Paratha and Kozhi Varutharacha Curry.It is yummy The BBQ cuisine is also great. My kids love the Biriyanis THe Decor & ambience a bit dull though.

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