Curry & Noodle Restaurant Curry & Noodle Restaurant

Indian and Chinese food at one table in Discovery Gardens 11 Reviews

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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
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

By Oliver Robinson
Time Out Dubai,

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


  • Location: Discovery Gardens, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 447 3957
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road
  • Cuisine: Chinese, Indian
  • Times: Open daily 11.30am-3.30pm, 6.30pm-11.30pm
  • Price: Dhs50-200
  • Credit Cards Accepted: Yes

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User reviews

  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Shaza on 19 May ' 13 at 10:29
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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

Posted by: satish on 14 Mar ' 13 at 10:39
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

This time my experience was good, I think they changed the cook

Posted by: satish on 21 Jan ' 13 at 05:00
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

First experience was bad

Posted by: Kay on 01 Nov ' 12 at 09:43
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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

Posted by: Manoj on 23 Oct ' 12 at 12:22
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

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...!

Posted by: Nishad Kaippally on 21 Apr ' 12 at 02:11
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I visited this restaurant with my wife for lunch. We ordered Mutton pepper fry and prawns masala.

The mutton was the wrong cuts. More bone than meat. The meat was stiff, and unsavory. When they say pepper fry they really mean it. It was dipped in black pepper perhaps to disguise the stale meat.

I have never come across a restaurant that could go wrong with a Malabar prawns dish. But these guys did go wrong. The five large Malabar prawns sacrificed their lives in vain. The dark intestines in their spines still remained intact when i examined. The chef never bothered to remove them for those cautious Malayalee patrons who would expect them to be removed. The the whole thing was dipped in tomato paste. the kind you buy for 50 fils a can.

Instead of spending all that money on fancy wood work and hand made stainless steel tableware, they should have hired properly trained chefs.

Miserable. I will be copy pasting this on Facebook and Google plus too.

Posted by: Jayesh on 10 Oct ' 11 at 19:16
  • Best for: Family friendly

Great decor, super-friendly staff, and good food at a reasonable price. I visit is frequently when I want Indian food in Discovery Gardens

Posted by: mss on 02 Jul ' 11 at 17:56
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

nice restaurant prices not high iwe didn't have much variety , i like it , it's have huge range of sea food .

Posted by: Sameh on 30 Apr ' 11 at 07:49
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: ali on 14 Apr ' 11 at 11:55
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

with the few options that we have for dining out at discovery gardens apart from the places at Ibn Batuta mall, we visited curry and noodle (incidentally for the second time...after a reasonably fair first time dine in).....but ....sadly the second meal was a disaster. the chicken dum biryani had chicken that smelt so bad, the biryani was inedible. we did return the dish and told the waiter that we did not want a replacement. thieir version was that the chicken was received earlier in the day and was fresh.....regretfully, I will never visit this place again. saving grace...they did not charge me for the returned biryani!!!

Posted by: Avi on 27 Dec ' 10 at 10:48
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Curry & Noodle is simply outstanding. The restaurant is very tastefully decorated in a traditional Indian style. The service is absolutely impeccable. The managers at both the Discovery Garden and Motor City location are extraordinary. In fact, I would say their managers are the best I have seen in all of Dubai - they are friendly, cooperative, respectful and are focused on ensuring the best meal and service. The food is one of the Best Indian food in Dubai - their Daal Maharani and Rogan Josh are outstanding. The best part of the whole deal is the amazing value for money. The dishes are very well priced which makes it possible for us to go back again and again. I would HIGHLY recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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