Kebab Corner

Kebab Corner

Bur Dubai restaurant specialising in northern Indian kebabs Reviews

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It must be said that the Highland Hotel doesn’t exactly fill one with a sense of confidence. The building’s industrial look evokes rundown American steel towns and the seedy-seeming bar inside (dubbed ‘Rock City’) adds little to the atmosphere. But once you step into Kebab Korner, the decor becomes more tasteful, and the steaming smell of spiced meat is inviting enough to make up for the Highland’s otherwise lack of charm.

A swirl of waiters – polite to the point of overbearing – ushered me and my date to our seats. In many parts of the world that aren’t India or Dubai, Mughlai cuisine is what’s available, should you have an itch for eats from the Subcontinent. In Dubai, however, food from the north often takes a backseat to its southern counterpart. As a result, Kebab Korner’s menu, with its promise of sweaty skewers and hefty curries, was a welcome (if weighty) reprieve. It was also refreshing to see a menu shy away from the staples that tend to stereotype the cuisine. No, this menu didn’t stoop to include any kormas or sag paneers. This was a kebab affair.

The staff – made doubly eager as we were among the only customers – rushed us over some amuse bouche – a mini consommé that tasted heavily of liquid meat and a salty paneer (cheese) topped with yoghurt and sweet tamarind sauce – which we were loathe to taste twice. More successful at bringing out the appetite was an order of Amritsari paneer pakora – light fritters of paneer with a thin, crisp chickpea batter coating that gave way to an airy cheese interior. We were finally ready to move on to the main event, namely, kebabs.

We found a kakori kebab, which read so tantalisingly on the menu (minced mutton mixed with saffron, rose and cardamom and cooked on a skewer), was too intense for our palates its texture was dense and grainy, and its flavour the raw essence of smoke. An order of murg malai tikka, however, was utterly beguiling. These thin slices of lemon-kissed chicken drooled garlicky puddles and proved helplessly tender under the weight of my teeth. A dum aloo bhojpuri, a curry of paneer-stuffed potatoes, broke up the monotony of all the dry fare on our plates. The dish was a creamy, nutty concoction that had an old-school, homespun feel (as if the recipe had been passed down via grandma).

We left before dessert (the casualty of a cuisine as heavy as Mughlai), and just as the live musicians were warming up. On exiting the restaurant, we were once again presented with the jarring interior of the Highland. Unfortunately, the restaurant’s outer ambience proves a bit of a barrier for actually giving the place a try, which is a shame, because the food is actually pretty good.

The bill (for two)
1x Large water Dhs15
1x Amritsari paneer pakoda Dhs30
1x Kakori Kebab Dhs50
1x Murg malai tikka Dhs50
1x Dum aloo bhopuri Dhs30
1x Butter naan Dhs8
1x Rice Dhs18
Total (including service) Dhs201

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

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  • Location: Howard Johnson Bur Dubai, Bur Dubai, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 393 8538
  • Travel: Khalid Bin Waleed Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: Ali on 13 Jun ' 12 at 04:43
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i went yesterday for food there. its a lovely place with very good interior, we when near 9:00pm there were very few people there for food, the staff is very polite and respectful and when ask for dish suggestion will polity describe each dish for you. the singers are amazing, there voice is soo good feels like sitting there for hours there and listen to them, even we can request for a song too, dance performance are quite decent as if you go out there with family you will not feel embarrassed, its kind of dance performance where you feels like clapping for the dancer, really nice place to be at enjoyed it. Beware the prices are a bit high.

Posted by: Jaishree on 09 Jan ' 12 at 05:16
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  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

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We had a special celebbration for our mom's birthday. From the planning till the end of the meal everyone, from the manager to the waiter made sure mom and all of us felt special. The singers were outstanding, The food was good. overall we were very satisfied. In fact this place is good for family, busines, and if you just want to enjoy a romantic dinner. The singers were outstanding. The kids were all comfortably sitting in teh cozy lounge area. If you have a special evening planned fr a special someone do call Asif, the manager, he is so coopeartive and gives you the right suggestions for your tastes This was voted as our number one spot by our family for our gathering. I agree with Accs... "TRULY A HIDDEN GEM"

Posted by: Dr. Raji Mathew on 27 Sep ' 11 at 08:46
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Not a refined place. Kebab Korner is in the grey zone between a restaurant and a night club. Singing was just that, singing, and not a performance. Would have sounded better if the restaurant was bigger and more spaced out. During break in the singing a girl starts doing dance numbers. A girl dancing in a practically empty restaurant and the few guests there showing complete disinterest. A pathetic sight indeed. Not a place for family with kids.

Galouti kebab and daria -e-aag were decent enough. Service was prompt and pleasing.

Posted by: laxmi on 25 Jul ' 11 at 18:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

wonderful dine in the restaurant ecspecially batti ka murgh perfect blend of spices and juicy from inside and perectly grilled,and soft warqi paratha melts in your mouth.
best music of your choice of latest beats and the gazals of the old memories overall aa the best to all the team.

Posted by: mukesh on 29 Mar ' 11 at 21:03
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

its not only a vegertarians delight but also offer a wide variety of quality meats

Posted by: mukesh on 13 Dec ' 10 at 11:39
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the restaurant is not only vegetarian it also serves a wide varity of mouth watering non vegetarian kebabs and curries and the one which i like the most is the kakori and the galawti
they are the chefs signature dishes
the musicians are outstanding from the oldest collections to the sizzeling new numbers
they have it all

Posted by: Accas on 19 Dec ' 09 at 18:16
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Had a great night at Kebab Korner. The food was fabulous, with an extensive choice of very tatsy kebabs. Loved the fish in mustard sauce. Very good. Enjoyed the vegetarian curry options too, the brinjal in particular.
The service always with a smile, very attentive and friendly, nothing is too much trouble. Beautiful live music. Liked very much the choice of seating too. Chose to sit in the lounge area. A good choice, very relaxed.
Will bring a group of friends next time.

Thank you Kebab Korner. Truly a hidden gem!

Posted by: shahin on 15 Jan ' 09 at 23:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

weel, it was really a memorable experience,with all nawabi succulent kebabs..

thanks for the entire team of kebab korner

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