Chingaar

International City Indian spot Reviews

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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

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.

Details

  • Location: International City, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 420 0660
  • Travel: Manama Street
  • Cuisine: Indian
  • Experiences: Take away
  • Times: Open daily 11am-3pm, 6pm-midnight
  • Price: Dhs50-200
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Business lunch

User reviews:

Posted by: Abdullah on 20 Apr ' 13 at 15:37
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: D Tharmaraj on 15 Dec ' 12 at 06:02
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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)

Posted by: Neelam on 16 Apr ' 10 at 06:30
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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 ........ !!!

Posted by: Augustine on 21 Nov ' 09 at 12:25
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love their BBQ very much

Posted by: Satish Udayakanth on 21 Nov ' 09 at 12:09
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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.

Posted by: Deepa George on 21 Nov ' 09 at 10:32
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Like the time out review, chingaar Spring rolls were the best i ever had. Their outdoor services are excellent too.
The interiors has to be looked into and also the delivery time but their food is the best in International City

Posted by: Benin Varada on 21 Nov ' 09 at 08:54
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The Chicken Korma and Chappathis were amazing. The butter naan was a bit oily but tasty. The Service was excellent. Suggest a bit more lighting . The place was clean and staff very helpful

Posted by: Ajith Thomas on 21 Nov ' 09 at 08:49
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Found the food the best in the area. The Tandoor and Biriyani (Dum) had the class of its own. Loved the Daal Makhani. Its a nice decent hangout place especially with the friends. I would recommend their Food for takeaways

Posted by: aditi chaterjee on 04 Oct ' 09 at 15:26
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

i quite did not enjoy the food in chingaar.i tried the indian and chinese food both but it did not impress me in anyway.the portion was also too less.the place is too small for a family to sit and enjoy.

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