Hidden Karam gem offers Goan treats and more Reviews

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There was no reason to suspect that Eric’s would be different to any of the other authentic eateries in Karama. It looked clean yet generic, and the menu spanned so many regional styles of cooking from across Asia that my companion began to assume that Eric was a backpacker with a culinary bent.

Not so, we learned. Eric is the Goan owner of this venue, which is why we made a beeline for the Goan section of this extensive menu. Armed with a lengthy list of hot tips, supplemented by recommendations from the waiters, we ordered up a storm.

First to arrive was the fish koliwada: fried pieces of soft white fish in a burning red, lightly crispy batter with a super-soft background of spice. Unsure what to expect from ‘baby corn crisps’, this starter was something of a surprise: it was doused in a fiery red coating with an equally fiery level of spiciness. While it was infinitely too hot for me, my friend revelled in this dish, dubbing it ‘devils’ tongues’.

Next to arrive were the main dishes, which were far more generously sized than I’d anticipated. I rarely take photos in restaurants, yet the colours of each dish were so saturated and vibrant I felt compelled to get my camera out. The dahl tadka was soft and mellow, yet still full of personality, while the bhendi masala was an excellent example of an okra dish, tasting extremely fresh. The aloo methi, made with potatoes and fenugreek, was so creamy and sweet that it almost reminded me of Italian ricotta and spinach recipes. The mushroom mettar would have been a good dish in another restaurant, but here it was knocked out of the league by more impressive plates.

The winner though, had to be the coastal chicken: tender pieces coated in an ultra-fragrant and warm mix of spices, with the sour tang of fresh curry leaves and the nutty crunch of sesame adding the final punch of deliciousness. We mopped it all up with plain rice, good chapatis and dosa, which were not the thin, crispy item we were both familiar with, but sweet, soft and buttery little griddle cakes, with a slightly crispy touch.

As much as this may sound like artistic exaggeration, when the bill arrived and I saw the fantastically low cost of the feast we’d ordered, I gawped in such sudden astonishment, mouth wide open, that it felt as though I’d broken my face. Once it’s mended, very little could stand between me and a second visit.

The bill (for two)
1x baby corn crisps Dhs18
1x fish koliwada Dhs22
1x coastal chicken Dhs20
1x aloo mehti Dhs14
1x bhendi masala Dhs16
1x dahl tadka Dhs8
1x mushroom mutter Dhs14
1x paneer jalfrezi Dhs20
4x chapati Dhs4
1x portion of dosa Dhs5
1x steamed rice Dhs6
3x mint cooler Dhs3
Total (excluding service) Dhs150

By Penelope Walsh
Time Out Dubai,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Karama, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 396 5080
  • Travel: B-2 Sheikh Hamdan Colony, near BurJuman Centre

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Michael on 04 Jul ' 13 at 19:01
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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Eric's is more like a commonplace these days...being a regular option to many people living on that side of town more commonly known as Karama...but wait....i live in Deira! thats what it's all about...pure unadulterated goan cultural bliss delivered effortlessly within the confines of what could only be described as simplistic goan retro(remembering Mario Miranda from old) the menu though small in size, abounds in plenty of options varying from the cuisine in the far east(Thai) , Goan and all those in between(Hello China) My wife and i frequent this sometimes noisy joint mostly on Saturdays to unwind and catch up with ourselves over selected "favorite" dishes...we have our favorites and the Thai cuisine is my weakness... Eric (the restaurant owner takes particular pleasure in assisting as many tables in finalizing their order( how can someone disagree with his recommends). Being in senior management myself I cant help but be in awe for a man who is soo "involved" with his passion!!! i could write megabytes on this fancy lil restaurant tucked somewhere in a decent corner of new Karama but my guess is that you ( reading this) have almost already made up your mind to make that long overdue visit... trust me...your taste buds might just get electrified! recommended dishes....THAI THAI THAI ; starters that Eric recommends, all fish preparations ,prawn biryani , crab curry(enough for 3 is my guess!!!) apart from the brownie with ice cream u can take a pass at the desserts...that's one area that needs improvement (tsk tsk Eric...lets hope he reads this) :) bon appetit...

Posted by: Hussain on 15 Feb ' 13 at 21:16
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Great taste, freshly cooked mouth watering food.

Posted by: Bullet on 09 Sep ' 12 at 16:20
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Its the place most frequented by us along with family & friends, for its taste, variety, value & uniqueness of Eric's. The personalized touch in all its dishes (Owner's name is Eric) because of his vast experience as a chef, is a joyful tell tale in each meal.

It serves Goan, Indian coastal, thai & chinese. Always ask the waiters for their suggestions as they regularly have a new dish by Mr. Eric. Definetely recommended to one & all! Enjoy :)

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