Kamat Restaurant

Vegetarian restaurant in Bur Dubai 13 Reviews

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But nestle on down to one of the gaudy plastic-covered booths, close your eyes, take in a mammoth whiff and you’re back in the land of the Maharajas, petting a gold-embellished elephant and ordering a stack of cumin-infused poppadoms.

When it comes to vegetarian cuisine, the Indians have it nailed. No amount of limp nut cutlets or veggie burgers can compete with the salivating finesse of a plate of steaming tofu tikka masala. Equally, there are few worldly dishes out there that would come close to rivaling the humble chapatti. (Aside from a stodgy plate of chips from a ramshackle British haunt – complete with lashings of salt and vinegar – or perhaps a vat of tabbouleh from Al Mullah in Satwa… But even then there’s a distinct lack of pizzazz.)

So, when Time Out was cornered (we’re resolute carnivores, y’see) into chowing down at Kamat – the veggie sibling of the excellent Gazebo and lauded ‘Not just another vegetarian restaurant’ by its own accord – we expected the moon on a tandoori stick. No, scrap that, we expected to feel like a grandiose Maharaja with a penchant for the finest vegetable-embedded grub in the land.

That’s a fairly hard persona to channel as you’re lunging across manic Bur Dubai traffic in a bid to reach your destination. It’s also never a grand start to an evening when you have to empty a pile of sand from your shoe at the door. Any feelings of decadence are further quashed as Kamat’s clinical decor – it’s like stepping into a scene from The Dentist – and harsh lights render any luxuriant musings defunct.

But nestle into one of the gaudy plastic-covered booths, close your eyes and take in a mammoth whiff, and you’re back in the land of the Maharajas, petting a gold-embellished elephant and ordering a stack of cumin-infused poppadoms. Despite our preference for the meatier side of life, the saffron-infused wafts pouring out of the kitchen is a force to be reckoned with and had us clamouring for the menu like sugar-fuelled brat.

Overwhelmed by the 98 options – who knew the humble vegetable was so versatile? – it was time to bring in the heavy mob. Without further ado, Maja, the utterly professional and wholly attentive waiter, guided us through the raft of delicacies (millet roti is particularly popular, apparently) like a seasoned pro. Before you could mumble ‘tofu tikka masala’, he’d jotted down three dishes that would easily see us through to next Diwali.

Things kick off with a punchy start – the chana masala is a creamy mix of chick peas and tamarind gravy, with a generous dose of chilli. Despite the lack of chicken, we were mopping up gravy with our piping hot naan (or roti) quicker than you could say ‘Big Mac with cheese.’ And the mounds of fluffy rice, bhindi (okra) masala and chapattis were perfectly accompanied with a fresher-than-thou black grape juice – it’s quite thick, so works as a dessert too.

Maja was determined to steer us away from the Jain food, which basically equates to no garlic or onion. ‘Oh, no, no, no,’ he warned, determined to bully us into submission. ‘It doesn’t taste good,’ he continued, leaving Time Out amused by the brutal honesty of the man. But the moment someone says ‘No’, it’s like a red rag to a bull – so we dabbled with a Jain-style tofu tikka kebab, out of curiosity, more than anything.

Jain-style food is the diet of the Jains – the followers of Jainism – who are convinced that harm caused by carelessness is equivalent to harm caused deliberately. According to Maja, some consider their diet the most radical form of eating in India. ‘For Jains, food which contains even small particles of the bodies of dead animals is unacceptable,’ he continued, leaving us mildly relieved that there will be no flies in our feast.

As he nervously looked over to our table – there’s a real sense that these guys want you to enjoy your grub – we allayed any fears by giving him the thumbs up. While the food lacks that coveted kick, there’s a freshness to it that leaves the palate sated, not polluted. The taste of tomatoes, tandoor and cumin is there, the spices are not overwhelmed by ringlets of onion and it’s certainly not the culinary disappointment we’d expected. That said, if you are a carnivorous beast with a penchant for a fireworks display of flavour, it’s probably best to follow Maja’s advice and steer clear.

The remainder of the meal was an odd display of aniseed balls, masala tea and a new place mat that said: ‘Men are like parking spots… the good ones are taken and the rest are handicapped’ – leaving us partly endeared, partly bemused. But then, vegetarianism isn’t for everyone.

The bill (for two)
2x Poppadoms Dhs20
2x Chapattis Dhs20
2x Plain naan Dhs8
2x Steamed rice Dhs8
1x Chana masala Dhs16
1x Bhindi masala Dhs15
1x Jain-style tofu kebab masala Dhs23
1x Masala tea Dhs5
2x Black grape juice Dhs36
Service (not included) Dhs15
Total Dhs166

By Daisy Carrington

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: Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 359 5441
  • Travel: Kuwait Street
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Raj on 12 Dec ' 12 at 13:06
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Anuj Aggarwal on 19 Oct ' 12 at 03:29
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Dear Kamat Management,

I want to bring your notice to the disastrous dining experience we had yesterday at Kamat Restaurant Mankhool,
I took some of my guests for dinner and boasted about Kamat’s food as I had some of the wonderful experiences in the past , but after the dinner was served , I was completely frustrated and sad ,filled with anger and could not able to stand my guests.

The food was brought to the table when it was almost cold with thick dry layered formed on the top, the staff was arrogant while serving, basically they want us to hog the food as fast as possible and the get out from there, the quality of food was extremely poor, there was no taste in any of the dishes whether its Paneer tikka masala or Dal makhani.
Dal Makhani was so poor that it tasted like only boiled Dal with no taste of butter, Cream or Tomatoes means I don’t understand that a restaurant of this calibre How can go wrong with Dal Makhani . I was totally a failure of management and control on food quality
I saw that our next table was also very upset with the food and tried to complain but there was hardly anyone attending them for the feedback or even tried to recover.
Personally I feel that you guys are going extremely wrong in some directions and will be losing your customer base significantly if you did not control these issues because I am sure after yesterday I am not going to come back at any of the Kamat’s.

Posted by: Anushi on 05 Oct ' 12 at 15:00
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good restaurant but too crowded

Posted by: Praneeth on 08 Sep ' 12 at 15:20
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

It's a great restaurant with great food! the staff are extremely friendly. I've been going for 10 years now. Always a pleasure. Yes, sometimes its crowded. But you have to keep a cool head and politely request for changes. And iit always works. But i've never had serious problems.

Posted by: Sunny on 07 May ' 12 at 05:19
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I went to this restaurant last thursday. Oh my god!! i was cursing myself why at all I took my family out there and spoil the weekend. First of all the service was so pathetic. Took their own time to serve and all of sudden there was a gush of guests and the servers and the guy who takes order lost their cool... crowd management is very very poor.. When I ordered fried rice,, the server cooly sayss.. the chef is busy .. it will take about 20 minutes,, would u like to order something else??? of course when there is crowd chef will be busy.. what the hell,, shud I eat what the server says??? and finally after 25 mts the fried rice came and before even I could place my order for dessert,, he kept the bill on my table and went away!!!! such a arrogant bunch of people working there..... I went with a lot of expectation.. really got screwed up and spoiled my weekend there.. bad experience.. and I learnt from it.

Posted by: يحي on 11 Apr ' 12 at 02:27
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Moresca Rodrigues on 22 Mar ' 12 at 03:30
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We would request the Kamat Group of hotels to check on a opening out a join in Jebel Ali we used to work in Dubai Internet City & really enjoyed the food at ur restaurant

Tel 055 2003175

Posted by: kavita a munjwani on 08 Nov ' 11 at 10:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the best in Quality. Just love it

Posted by: Asha Chandran on 08 Feb ' 11 at 13:03
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

On 7th of Feb,2011 ....I went to this restaurant along with my guest and ordered for a sizzler & Hot-sour soup.....( knew its an Indian restaurant however,my craving was for it)

What I found was a something strange....
The sizzler tray was cold...there was smoke for less than 3 seconds....There were few large cabbage leaves with Noodles and mixed vegetable gravy.I was searching for the pattie however there was nothing like that.

I asked the person who took my order..he was like it is like this.I was really pissed off....I send a mail to Mr.Sadiq Khan,Catering Manager and the reply was sarcastic..."We really regret that our presentation is not meeting to our guest’s expectations.We have been serving this dish since long time and we never had a complaint"

I was like what a crap...its not India its Dubai and this place is having different nationalities how can some restaurant cheat people.

Posted by: vikram on 13 Sep ' 10 at 08:43
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: S.kumar on 21 May ' 10 at 05:43
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: kalragh on 03 Jan ' 10 at 07:48
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good food , clean & great service . Kamat is a must go especially if you like good vegetarian food & cleanliness to go with it . They have maintained their excellent service level for all these years.

Posted by: Azhar on 17 Jun ' 09 at 15:40
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Good service, polite staff and authentic food..............

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