Chor Bazaar

Chef Ravi Rao serves up contemporary Indian Food at Ibn Battuta Gate 12 Reviews

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Other than a shopping trip to the mall, historically there has never been much of a reason to venture in Ibn Battuta’s direction. Now, for foodies at least, there are three, at the new Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel – Sicilia, Chor Bazaar, and Shanghai Chic. We visited the latter last week; this time out we sampled the sub-continental offerings at Chor Bazaar. The restaurant takes its name from the famous Mumbai market and serves up contemporary fare courtesy of Chef Ravi Rao.

At the restaurant’s threshold, there is a stall offering us pani puri – crispy puffs of batter filled with a tamarind and green chilli. A nice touch, we thought, before heading inside, where we were greeted by a very clean, minimalist tandoor counter supported by three huge clay ovens. The venue’s layout felt more coherent than Shanghai Chic, which we felt was too compartmentalised, while the colour scheme of gentle yellow, cream and gold worked well.

We were seated by sweet, albeit somewhat confused, waiter and ordered a starter of masala crab tiki and aloo tiki chat. The crab cakes served with chilli sambal, were a non-event – unimaginative both in terms of taste and presentation. Happily, the aloo tiki chat was another story. The three potato patties, each topped with chal peas, yogurt and tamarind, looked and tasted great – rich and tomatoey with a fantastic texture. They proved to be the highlight of the meal.

For our main course, we ordered murgh malabari, biyani, hazari chicken and a tandoori plate, yet our eyes were bigger than our stomachs – the spread was too much for two, though it did afford us the opportunity to sample different aspects of the menu. The tandoori platter featured an array of meats, from shrimp to lamb to chicken – all prepared in the ovens previously mentioned. Each meat was tender and finely cooked, though the spices failed to differentiate the flavour of each, which meant that finishing this sizeable dish soon became a chore. Similarly, the hazari chicken was well prepared, but after a few spoonfuls we became frustrated at its conservatism. As with so many high-end Indian restaurants in the city, Chor Bazaar seemed to shy away from any kind of daring as far as spice was concerned. Not that we wanted our taste buds blown off; rather, we’d hoped the dish would hold our attention, but its lack of imagination was disappointing.

Chor Bazaar is a very similar animal to neighbouring Shanghai Chic – it’s a decent enough restaurant that would do good business if you dropped it a few miles up north in Dubai Marina. As it stands, however, there’s little that dazzles other than the aloo tiki chat, and we’re not sure this is enough of a reason to tackle the trek to Ibn Battuta.

The bill (for two)
1x Tiki chat
Dhs15
1x Masala crab tikki Dhs50
1x Murgh biryani Dhs64
1x Tandoori platter Dhs175
1x Hazari chicken Dhs50
1x Garlic naan Dhs8
1x Butter naan Dhs8
Total (including 10 per cent service) Dhs370

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.

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  • Location: Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, The Gardens, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 444 0000
  • Travel: Gardens Cross Road
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: nitin on 22 Mar ' 14 at 20:09
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

You go to such a high-end restaurant to get 2 things : One is good tasty food and second is an amazing ambience. Chor Bazaar scores well on the 2nd objective, but does very poorly on the food taste aspect. The food is unimaginative and lacks the "spice" element. It is made more keeping the Western taste in mind. We found the veggies to be a bit more salty than our taste.

The ambience is good and staff was friendly.

The price is very hefty when compared with other similar 5-star restaurants (like the IZ in Grand Hyatt, or Options, or Asha's) and as time-out rightly says, I am not sure if I will drive all the while to Ibn Batuta to get such a pricey unimaginative food.

PS: We are veggies.

Posted by: AMIT on 06 Oct ' 12 at 11:27
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

This was the worst experience of our eating out ever in dubai.
The portions per serving is very small for the price charged.
The nans were all burnt and had to be changed.
The chicken tikka was half cooked with a foul smell.
The dal tadka was without any tadka and salt.
They talk about the spices of india to advertise this place where no use of spices is there at all.
This place desperately needs a change in its cooking style else reputation of indian food will go down because it is visited by multinationalities.

Posted by: Suhhas Muliyil on 15 Jul ' 12 at 11:04
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Short staffed....food quantity is too small for the value charged. Food quality is OK nothing to talk about.

Posted by: Preeti Agrawal on 14 Jan ' 11 at 13:10
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i went to this restaurant with my friends and i found it as a great place to dine. food and service was good and it offers a good vegeterian dishes too.... planning to visit again...

Posted by: Symon on 13 Jan ' 11 at 20:35
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have recently been to this new restaurant by a friends recommendation. It was a nice dinning experience for me and my friends. The food is different than other indian restaurants, the currys were amazing and the best biryani i ever had. Good hospitality..

Posted by: Faizal Khan on 07 Jan ' 11 at 17:06
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

coming from hydrebad...................... by far the best biryani i have had in dubai...... friendly service and nice atmosphere................. i would strongly recommend anyone who loves biryani and tandoor to try chor bazaar........

Posted by: Jino on 29 Dec ' 10 at 15:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Love the food and service.....chef went out of the way to prepare some out of the menu items....great quality.

Posted by: Sadh on 28 Dec ' 10 at 11:31
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We went to this restaurent for dinner on Christmas and were warmly greeted by the staff at the entrance. I like the decor and the service in the restaurent, however the food needs some improvement. The soup we ordered was salty and not very fresh, main dish was good but the portion for Navratan Korma and Dal is very small quantity. Normally all the main dishes are served in similar size of bowl but in this restaurent its not the same. The sweets are just avaerage in taste nothing special and seems to outsourced from some retail outlet. Overall the food needs improvement in terms of quality.

Posted by: Tristan Walker on 24 Dec ' 10 at 15:51
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I visited Chor Bazaar last weekend and was pleasantly suprised at the quality of Food and Service. The Tandori salmon and Lamb was just amazing and the chicken Biriyani was the highlight of the evening. For a 5 star hotel the prices are very reasonable However, the navthan khroma needs improvement as I found it too creamy. The service was quick and friendly. I'll definitely go back.

Posted by: claudia on 23 Dec ' 10 at 11:40
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

love it............try the chat counter as it just adds the flavour to whole street side experienec/.

Posted by: anusha on 23 Dec ' 10 at 10:53
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: anusha on 21 Dec ' 10 at 08:53
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

hi, i had dinner here last week and it was such a wonderful experience . The interior thankfully doesn't have the same cooper pots/pans decor and the minimal design is a welcome change to most other Indian rests. The foods' really nice particulalrly the tandoori platter, chicken biryani and dal makhani - the dal portion is quite small though, but the price as well is justified for that.
My friends and their families have gone back to Chor Bazaar and it really is one of the better 'real' Indian rest. in UAE.
I would receommend this to anyone who likes Indian cuisine!!!!

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