Curry & Noodle Restaurant

Indian and Chinese food at one table in Discovery Gardens

Curry & Noodle Restaurant
Ah, the classic curry-noodle combo – not to be confused with curried noodles, mind you. Oh no, Curry & Noodle covers Asia’s favourite food groups: curry and noodle(s).

It was the prospect of dining on Chinese and Indian food simultaneously that lured me to Discovery Gardens for what, I’m ashamed to say, was my first visit to the area since I moved to Dubai. The development boasts a wealth of Indian restaurants, which made me suspect that the ‘Noodle’ suffix of my intended destination was merely a cunning marketing ploy to set the restaurant apart from the others.

My suspicions were heightened when we entered Curry & Noodle to find the decor to be decidedly Indian. This was no bad thing – it was a welcome contrast to the grim pylons and desolate wasteland we passed en route to the restaurant. Likewise, the menu featured predominantly Indian offerings. I couldn’t help but ask the waiter where the ‘noodle’ in Curry & Noodle came into play. ‘We’re an Indian and Chinese restaurant!’ he replied laughingly – despite there being just a handful of dishes that passed as Chinese. Still, I was determined to fulfil my fantasy of eating Chinese and Indian food at the same table, and ordered an eclectic array of dishes, including onion bhaji, chicken dhania and chilli beef. The most intriguing item, however, was the Taj special fried rice. ‘What’s so special about it?’ I ventured. ‘It’s special rice… because it’s got noodles in it.’

The Indian dishes that arrived were of varied quality. The chicken dhania proved to be a satisfying blend of coriander, chilli and ginger (though with a little too much salt); the biryani featured slightly chewy mutton pieces and could have done with a more generous application of spice and seasoning; while the onion bhajis were a real letdown and turned out to be nothing more than fried onion rings. The chilli beef – the Oriental representative of our order – was surprisingly authentic. The chillies added a welcome zip, while the beef, albeit a little oily, was of commendable quality.

Despite the bright orange hue of the Taj special fried rice (I initially mistook the contents for carrot strips), its distinct lack of rice and its overly generous sprinkling of MSG, I found myself enjoying it. Granted, this was more to do with the strange nostalgia it evoked, taking me back to my student days when I lived off nondescript Asian takeaways. But novelty only goes so far. While there is something loveable about the logic of Curry & Noodle, making it worth a visit for a well-priced bite if you happen to be in the area, it doesn’t warrant a trip to Disco Gardens in its own right.

The bill (for two)
1x Onion bhaji
Dhs12
1x Chicken dhania Dhs25
1x Dum gosht biryani Dhs30
1x Mixed bread basket Dhs15
1x Chilli beef Dhs28
1x Taj special fried rice Dhs25
Total (excluding service) Dhs135 Curry & Noodle Restaurant
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By Oliver Robinson | 02 November 2010

Location: Discovery Gardens
Tel: 04 447 3957
Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
Times: Open daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm
Price range: Dhs50-199
Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Shaza May 19, 2013 10:29 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
    Mr or Mrs Avi , i can see how excited you are describing the restaurant , now honestly, r u one of the managers ir ownder of that place? Lool
  • satish Mar 14, 2013 10:39 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    This time my experience was good, I think they changed the cook
  • satish Jan 21, 2013 05:00 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    First experience was bad
  • Kay Nov 01, 2012 09:43 am
    Would you go back to this restaurant?
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    We ordered Home delivery .
    food Came On Time
    Hot and presentable
    Bioryani was great ( Chicken & Beef)

    I liked the Clay sarving plates , adds a v.good falvor and keeps food warm
    was a little bit spicy but was OK
    Over all we liked it and will order again
  • Manoj Oct 23, 2012 12:22 pm
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    Generally I used to try variety of foods. This was on occasion with my colleague for his farewell. And This was our first whole team lunch out.

    But the whole food is just tasteless. Only thing we liked with them is Aquafina water. Dum biriyani is something that never undergone a dum process. Meat pieces in mutton curry, I think the chef was in an urgent to go out for his lunch in another better hotel. Nothin is good. Price... Its a great surprise to us.. Like for an item that cant be valued at 10. they charge like 21. Cant understand. Portions.. if you think that 2 biriyani can serve 3 of you... dont take risk better go for 4 biriyanis for 3 of you.

    Please friends never try this restaurant.. even when you have all the restaurants were closed on a day...!

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