Fearing they were resting on their laurels – Ravi’s is, after all, Craig David’s favourite restaurant in Dubai 46 Reviews
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Fearing they were resting on their laurels – Ravi’s is, after all, Craig David’s favourite restaurant in Dubai – we took our seats under the illustrious green and white sign to check out a fresh round of cheap Pakistani food.
We spent the early part of the meal teasing a cat; a mottled, skinny calico, who spent a few minutes sniffing for food around the legs of our table before taking a scream-inducing lunge at one of our fellow diners. The felinophobic customer promptly apologised to those seated around him. Outdoors, where we were sitting, the clientèle was diverse, but inside the main restaurant it’s more like a workers canteen than a cosmopolitan café – with closely-packed tables accommodating a predominantly Pakistani crowd. Curiously, the shelves above the indoor eaters carry only one thing – boxes of Lipton tea. For a little more comfort, the Palace Restaurant next door offers the same food with marginally nicer furniture.
A green-and-white uniformed waiter served us all of our food at once. We soaked plain boiled rice in thin but flavoursome lentil dal and added mutton kadai, chicken boti and raita to our plates. Under feeble street lighting, the meat in the kadai was a struggle to eat, being glued to the bone and spiked with gleaming stubs of fat, but the sauce was deliciously spicy. A better option was the boti, chunks of piping hot and nicely spiced grilled boneless chicken. The keema nan looked and tasted great, precisely circular and stuffed with a thin layer of mutton mince, but as a curry scoop it was irritatingly inflexible.
After finishing off our near-perfect Punjabi sweet lassis, we walked away from Ravi’s having only spent Dhs18 each on a real feast.By Matthew Lee
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