Zafran

Second outlet of Indian venue should reap due rewards 20 Reviews

Meal Deal
Diwali promotion

A special set menu that features dal bukhari, paneer butter masala, gobi mutter aloo, as well as traditional celebratory sweets. Dhs89 per person Timings: Noon-midnight (Wednesday, Thursday)

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Bringing a ‘contemporary Indian’ flavour to Dubai Marina, the new branch of Zafran can now be found at Marina Mall. If weather permits, sit out on their terrace and you’ll have views of twinkling tower lights, complemented only by the friendly service (they even have shawls to spare if it gets too cold) and the relaxed demeanor of diners puffing away on shisha. When it comes to ordering your food, the menu features all your tandoor favourites, as well as a few delicious southern curries if you’re up for something different. Sit back and tuck in; Zafran’s take on Indian cuisine is definitely satisfying.

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Details

  • Location: Dubai Marina Mall, Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 399 7357
  • Travel: Sheikh Zayed Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: JohnB on 19 Jan ' 14 at 14:58
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Eaten here a couple of times. The food is quite good, although portions are not huge but adequate. However, meanness seems to have crept in, they are serving 300 ml cans of Pepsi/Diet Pepsi instead of the standard 330 ml. I refused to order a second, even though one was not quite enough. To be honest, I felt this pennypinching takes the egde off the place, and in future will not go back , but will make the slightly longer trip to the truly excellent Asha at Wafi Mall for any Indian lunchtime cravings I have.

Posted by: divya on 09 Jan ' 14 at 12:39
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I went to Zafran on Christmas eve. I was very unhappy with the service we received I won't fault the chefs s food was very tasty but it did cold as our naans didnt arrive for 20 mins and we had to leave our seats and ask staff to get them for us. When we were leaving nobody apologised to us. VERY BAD CUSTOMER SERVICE.

Posted by: Herman on 11 Apr ' 13 at 12:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Zafran is my favorite Dubai restaurant. Great dishes, friendly staff and a wonderful view over the marina. I enjoy it every time.

Posted by: Natalya on 17 Mar ' 13 at 10:17
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Love outside terrace with romantic lamp looking at marina.

Posted by: Arthur on 13 Mar ' 13 at 07:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Perfect place

Posted by: Narasimha on 12 Mar ' 13 at 11:15
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great food, veg options could be more

Posted by: Mahesh Krishnan on 12 Mar ' 13 at 11:01
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

One of the best restaurant in Dubai I've been. Very good service from the service staff and quality & taste of food is really appreciable!!

Ambience in the terrace is really amazing specially in winters with a very good view to Dubai Marina.

Not much expensive and is worth spending money.

I really would like to spend time with my family and friends here.

Posted by: Raqib Islam on 12 Mar ' 13 at 10:27

Couple of days back me and my wife wnt to Zafran for a dinner, way we were welcome and sitted was so impressive and apart from the service even the Food was also amazing,
I recomend if you are looking for a good indian restaurant with great service and food, definaetly Zafran is the place you should be going to,

Posted by: Firoz Babu on 12 Mar ' 13 at 10:13
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing ambience, good food and excellent service. I will be going back again and again.

Posted by: Vinoth Kumar on 11 Mar ' 13 at 08:20
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Best location, beautiful ambience and tasty but light food.

Posted by: Claudia on 11 Mar ' 13 at 05:51
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent service,location & food!!! I really like this restaurant!!!

Posted by: waheeda shah on 10 Mar ' 13 at 19:44
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

an excellent restaurant with excellent staff and food

Posted by: Aisling on 08 Sep ' 12 at 09:04
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been to the Marina Mall venue several times and never disappointed, great place to have a nice casual dinner. Lovely food and nice staff. And the view from the terrace is a bonus!

Posted by: Alison hrgarty on 24 Aug ' 12 at 20:38
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I had the best curries I've ever had in my life tonight in Zafran ( and I've had a few good curries) fish curry and Saag gosht. Could not fault any part of the meal - it was sticking out - fresh ginger, coriander, coconut, cardamom, all delicately evident and expertly blended. Just needed a beer and it would have been perfect.

Posted by: Sian on 02 Jun ' 12 at 05:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

We had no intention of eating Indian food and then spotted Zafran in the Mall. I am so pleased we did because the meal we had was outstanding and fantastic value. The starters were light and beautifullzy spiced, the curries had the most amazing depth of flavour.

The service was courteous and efficient. We will definitely go back. The best Indian meal we have eaten in Dubai so far.

Posted by: Expat on 24 May ' 12 at 16:50
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

My husband and I have just ordered a delivery from Zafran, we had the Lamb Shank Rogan Josh which had a very pungent taste - could not smell Rogan and there was no sign of Josh either!!! Did not resemble a curry in any shape of form. The Butter Chicken was inedible, turned up with only 4 pieces of chicken all of which were not even cooked properly.
AED 180 later we're now sat here waiting for our 2nd dlivery of the night, and not from Zafran!

Posted by: KB on 21 May ' 12 at 10:01
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Having heard a lot about Zafran, we visited it a couple of Friday's ago. It started off badly, while making the reservation. The restaurant manager was very insistent that we tell him in advance whether we wanted to sit inside or outside as the restaurant extremely full that evening. When we turned up, only 2 tables were occupied inside and only 50% full outside on the patio.
After ordering starters and drinks, we were enjoying the excellent view from the terrace. Starters were quite good to be fair.
After ordering the main courses, again the staff seemed to be lost and not very helpful. Food took a while to come in which was not a problem as the weather outside was excellent. But when it did come in it was very disappointing. The paneer makhanwala was extermely sweet. The mixed vegetable was ok..nothing to rave about and the black and yellow dal was again run of the mill. Veg biryani was good. When we wanted to order some extra nan's and dal, we had to wait for nearly 7-8 minutes, before our waiter came by. Only when I spoke to the manager, service improved slightly.
Not exactly the sort of service and food that I expected from the highly publicised restaurant.
Better Indian food is definitely available at other restaurants in Dubai.

Posted by: Mukesh Mandalia on 20 Mar ' 12 at 13:28
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Lick the plate clean type of food, amazing flavours and taste can't wait to take my wife there. You are made to feel special and they look after you.
Give this a bash you wont regret it

Posted by: Razena Schroeder on 13 Mar ' 12 at 13:05
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I have been to this branch on four occasions since it opened, and every time the food and service improves. On the first visit I was tempted to ask 'where is the Indian food' because although the names and ingredients are typical of Indian dishes it did not taste authentic... underseasoned without any bite, almost as if it had been cooked by a chef who had never tasted authentic Indian food and had cooked it from a recipe without the proper spices.

Fortunately, a friend invited me to lunch and chose to go to Zafran. I don't regret giving them the benefit of opening blues and going back because they have improved tremendously with both food taste and service. Last night I even felt a gentle sting of chili heat on my tongue from the chana masala in the starter.

Posted by: Niket on 02 Mar ' 12 at 02:32
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great taste + view
good for vegetarians too

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