Try trademark fish curries and vindaloos at these eateries
Mahec An acronym for ‘Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine’, Mahec – the new Indian restaurant at Le Méridien Dubai – serves an array of contemporary curries. However, the kitchen also stays true to traditional recipes, evident in the Goan prawn coconut curry, although prices aren’t cheap (the prawn curry will set you back Dhs110. Ouch!). Méridien Village, Le Méridien Dubai, Airport Road, Garhoud (04 702 2615).
Al Shay Restaurant Al Shay dishes up a variety of cuisines from Mangalorean to North Indian, Sri Lankan to Goan (there’s even a worrying smattering of Chinese on the menu). Regional specialities include Goan crab curry and prawn xeque xeque (don’t ask us how to pronounce this – we find pointing to the menu helps). Near Madina supermarket (block Blue 5), Karama (04 396 5522).
Casa de Goa This Dubai stalwart features a simple, solid and competent menu of traditional Goan specialities. Honouring its Indian and Portuguese culinary roots, Casa de Goa’s dishes are predominantly seafood-based – we recommend the tawa fish tikki starter, and the kingfish masala fry or prawn curry for mains. Palm Beach Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 393 1999).
Treat Restaurant Goa is the place responsible for the mighty vindaloo (the scourge of many boys’ nights out). According to our resident curry aficionado, Treat Restaurant serves one of the best vindaloos you’re likely to have in the city. Otherwise, try the super-spicy prawns balchao. Ground floor, block C, Mubarak Building, Karama (04 335 8112).