Royal Express

Kitsch railway-themed Indian restaurant in Bur Dubai

Royal Express
Themed on the Royal Express luxury train in India that has a history dating back to the times of the Maharajas, this restaurant is something else. Designed to look like its motorised namesake, you’ll hear instrumental music peppered with platform announcements in Hindi and train track noises while tucking in to your curry. Service is a little too attentive and food borders on overwhelmingly spicy most of the time, so insist on mild variations. If you want to experience something different, pop by – you certainly won’t need to bother with a reservation – but don’t expect anything more than uninspiring fare in a comically kitsch setting. Royal Express
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By Time Out Dubai staff | 25 March 2012

Location: - Bur Dubai - Dubai
Tel: 04 393 5333
Travel: Al Nahda Road
Cuisine: Indian
Experiences: Takeaway available, Outdoor seating
Times: Open daily noon-3pm, 7pm-midnight
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • seema D Jul 29, 2012 07:57 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    Very good service. Chicken tandoori and laccha paratha were too good.
  • Samar Jawdat Jul 21, 2011 10:35 pm
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    WORST dining experience ever. Service was truly so bad. The food was not fresh. And the staff's attitude was very unwelcoming. I feel bad not only for the money I spent but the time I wasted to get over there in the first place and in the end get such unpolished service. I will NEVER go back there again!
  • Zaki Jun 15, 2011 01:26 pm
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    Very Very Disappointing service...
    the entire restaurant was empty and they were like no place sorry...
    then had to speak to the manager to get a place...
    and even after we were done eating the whole place was empty...
    very bad service...
    half of the items oon the menu were not available...
    very rude staff...
    very slow and disappointing service...
    Would never visit the place again....
  • Asad May 07, 2011 04:16 pm
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    Its all a 1 star because we didnt get to go there at all. We purchased vouchers from a deal that this restaurant offered. The vouchers are still valid for a week more. We called the restaurant and surprisingly, no response.We call the hotel to transfer. Finally get someone on the line, they tell us that they are not honoring the deal. Surprising,we've paid in advance for the deal and obviously they've received the money from the online sales site. Now they say, these vouchers are not honored any more.

    FRAUD - FRAUD - FRAUD --


    I Repeat -

    FRAUD.

  • avril millar Apr 08, 2011 04:51 am
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    We dined here last night with the view of using a 50% meal voucher. It said 50% off your bill UP TO a maximum of 200AED. When our bill came it was 126AED and management refused to acknowledge the voucher claiming that we had not spent 200AED. When the wording on the voucher was pointed out to them, after a long debate and arguement, the manager decided he would then only charge us 100AED as if we had spent the 200AED. Our arguement was our bill should only have been 63AED and we argued on principal rather than the fact we grudged the money as we totally agree with previous comments about this being a restaurant that is out to cheat the customer. We CERTAINLY recommend that you do not go there. We in the end paid the 100AED but not before ensuring that we made the manager realise that we could be as awkward as he is and made them bring us the extra food and drinks to make the bill legitimatly up to 200AED ensure that if he wanted us to pay 100AED for a 200AED meal, they could provide it which certainly annoyed him so I guess in the end we did get customer satisfaction.
    The food was actaully okay but the restaurant was devoid of other diners (perhaps all having known it is a cheating place) and the waiters stand over you whilst you eat which is a bit uncomfortable.

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