Ashiana by Vineet

Setting the benchmark for Indian food in Dubai 12 Reviews

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One might sum up Dubai’s Indian restaurant scene like this: there are those that have a great reputation, are naturally creative, and consistently produce the evidence to sustain their good name; while others, well, just don’t have so much to stand on.

So it was with thanks that, as we walked out of Ashiana at Sheraton Dubai Creek one recent sunny lunchtime, we felt we’d been dealt more of the latter end of the deal.

Dubai’s benchmark for Indian food is high. There’s no shortage of decent Indian food at both pocket money or wallet-vacuuming prices: Asha’s at Wafi City is as artistic and imaginative as they come, while The Bombay at Deira’s Marco Polo Hotel maintains a solid standard, appealing to both locals and expats alike. Ashiana, therefore, must be doing something right to have won the Time Out Award for Best Indian Restaurant 2007, as well as receive a highly commended star from us this time around. And judging by our last visit it’s clear they won’t let those plaques go without a fight.

The service on our visit was impeccable – attentive but complemented by plenty of personality, with pertinent knowledge about the menu. To start, the taimuri shorba – a creamy swamp of lamb shank-infused soup – was a perfect kick-off. However, the gosht boti kebab was even better. It wasn’t some sliver of lamb swimming in oil,which many restaurants in the city attempt to define as a kebab, but rather caveman-like boulders of spiced tender flesh – a sign of hot things to come.

Feeling like a Texan that had been challenged to a duel, I picked up the ‘you can’t handle the heat’ gauntlet laid down by the waiter and devoured the murgh Ashiana – strips of chicken (i.e., murgh) engulfed in a thick rich sauce of pepper and spice, packing an almighty but moreish kick in its rich and multilayered aftertaste.

My partner’s murgh tikka was a little milder, fuelled with chunks of perfectly cooked chicken that fell to bits faster than Britney Spears at a set of traffic lights, and smothered in sauce silkier than the lining of a silkworm’s smoking jacket. Scooped up with a buttered naan or mixed with the fragrant saffron basmati rice, you’ll find these dishes hard to beat.

Ashiana isn’t the cheapest Indian around, but it rests comfortably between the rock bottom prices in Karama and the budget-busting alternatives in Jumeirah. Pay day or not, at Ashiana you’re not just paying for the interior and service show, but extremely high-end cooking. It’s clear that its going to add more than a little fight to the ongoing tussle for the city’s Indian crown.

The bill (for two)

1x taimuri shorba Dhs18
1x gosht boti kebab Dhs62
1x murgh Ashiana Dhs55
1x murgh tikka Dhs52
1x mineral water Dhs18
2x Pepsi Dhs36
Total (excluding service) Dhs241


By Becky Lucas

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

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  • Location: Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers, Deira, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 207 1733
  • Travel: Baniyas Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Baba on 08 Jun ' 12 at 07:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Newman on 07 Apr ' 11 at 22:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Finest modern fare I've tasted yet. Service impeccable - staff not afraid to make bold choices and suggestions. Live music truly delightful & elegant. I went for more simple dishes - the chaat starter was divine - the Dakhani Jheenga (Arabian sea prawns in tomato and coconut sauce flavoured with curry leaf) - and probably one of the best restaurant curries ever. The garlic naan was pedestrian in size but gargantuan in taste. I will try to stay at the Sheraton at Dubai Creek each time now as I vow to try every thing on the menu. One of my best culinary experiences ever - after visiting over 100 countries. Well done.

Posted by: Kevin on 08 Mar ' 11 at 07:00
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Mike O on 21 May ' 10 at 13:33
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This restaurant ticked all the boxes. Having dined at fine Indians in NY, London and Mumbai - i found Ashiana to rank amongst my better and more enjoyable dining experiences. i will return to Dubai next week, i will be staying at the sheraton because of the restaurant even tho the hotel is not exactly close where my meetings are held.

Posted by: Andrew on 04 Feb ' 10 at 11:59
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent Restaurant where the food was simply delicious esp. the Starters.
Atmosphere was very modernized and yet traditional.
Live Musician who played the most amazhing songs for me and my partner!!

A definite clazzy hotel

Posted by: suvir on 04 Feb ' 10 at 07:50
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

What do look for in a restaurant especially Ashiana has it all good ambiance, great food, peaceful surrounding, amazing people who do not disturb you every single min, etc etc. The food is exquisite, service one of the best I have come across.
I would recommend this restaurant to people who want a real taste of India with a modern ting.

Posted by: Ahsen Ali on 22 Dec ' 09 at 08:14
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food, especially the chicken tikka, daal makhani and butter chicken. Kabaabs are also amazing. I love the pappad with sauce.

Music is a bit loud. The service is good. However, I will go again for the sake of food only.

Posted by: Samrat on 12 Sep ' 09 at 07:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

The staff was extremely cordial and knowledgeable. The Kababs are just awsome. Please try out the Dal Makhni, it is just wonderful. The music is decent and the singers will invite for requests. Overall pleasant experince.. worth a visit

Posted by: Rahul Datta on 25 Mar ' 09 at 10:04
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I love this restaurant. They do some of the best kababs in Dubai, and even the curries taste delicious .
Moreover the pricing is reasonable considering it is part of a 5-star hotel.

Posted by: karim andrews on 18 Mar ' 09 at 22:37
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Would like ti give it a miss...unless somebody has decided the venue and I have no choice

Posted by: ted patrick on 18 Mar ' 09 at 20:22
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

ratings should say it all.minus in all.

Posted by: krishnana on 17 Mar ' 09 at 19:45
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

its very gaudy ambience. and music is toooo loud for any conversation

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