Indian and Chinese food at one table in Discovery Gardens 11 Reviews
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 Dhs12
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
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