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.
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