The Rupee Room

The Rupee Room

Pricey Indian Dubai Marina 10 Reviews

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From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2008

From Glasgow to Gloucester, Bradford to Brum – huge swathes of the UK population are guaranteed to go gaga over chunks of meat in a spicy gravy. The Rupee Room celebrates this tradition by serving up a range of adapted dishes that would be laughed out of the room in Delhi, but lapped up in Dundee.

It’s one of the few venues in Dubai where you can sample the much maligned chicken tikka masala (officially the UK’s most popular dish), and it’s actually very passable – soft, plump cushions of chicken covered by a rich, creamy quilt of pinkish sauce.

Other Indo/Brit favourites served up here include the onion bhaji – an appealing variation on pakora – and the balti, a stir-fried curry involving onions, tomatoes, herbs, spices and meat or veg, which was introduced by Pakistani chefs in Birmingham in the early 1970s.

Less appealing (at least if you are not Scottish) is the haggis pakora, but fine service and well executed food make this a cosy home from home for exiled limeys.


By Time Out Dubai Staff

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: Dubai Marina, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 390 5755
  • Travel: Marina Walk
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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

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Posted by: janki rajpara on 29 Jan ' 13 at 15:46
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: rulz on 16 Jan ' 12 at 14:55
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I regularly order delivery from the Rupee Room. True that it's not 'authentic' indian food, but still delicious. Try the butter chicken and the peshawari naan - tasty for the European palate.

Also regarding the comment from someone earlier that every time they eat from this restaurant they get sick - that's rubbish. Why would you continue to eat there if you get sick 'every time'? As I said, I regularly order delivery (haven't dined in so I can't comment there) and have never, ever been even queasy. If you don't like the food that's fair, but no need to lie.

Give Rupee Room a shot, but try somewhere else if you're looking for authentic Indian.

Posted by: T on 17 May ' 11 at 05:29
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Ok so I thought this was a "me" thing and a one off. But it seems I'm not the only one that this is happening to. Every-time I order from the rupee room I get sick... violently... projectile like! (sorry had to put it out there.. mind the pun).

Turns out some other people I know this is happening to as well. So if you have a sensitive system, watch it and don't over do it here.. Naan is the safest.

You spend a lot of money only to find that your system is refusing the 200 dirhams you put into it.

Tread cautiously, or tip toe away from this place.

Posted by: travis on 01 Apr ' 11 at 17:26
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

the food 4 rupee room is excellent....no comments for service it was up to mark and staff was very friendly as dey treated us as a family ....the management has been changed and d food has also been improved and i think all should visit rupee room once and have a look at d location and ambience of rest.

Posted by: Grace on 09 Jul ' 10 at 16:57
  • Best for: Romantic
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

we visited the restaurant this thursday at noon, orders for starter, just share with you they took 30 min to serve, but the taste was ok. placed the main dishes by all four of us, i must say they have probably lost the taste, may be their chefs have got changed. the bill was too high. though they have got a lot of variety in their menu but the its a hard job to maintain the quality, which was missing. Let me share a quite different experience today at one of the newly opened restaurant, we got the advert on another web. Different way of Al Carte, it was sort of buffet, and you keep on ordering from the main menu and eat AS MUCH AS YOU want and pay the fix amount, very different. I must share with you the taste, freshness, and the quality of the food was amazing. 54 AED per person for unlimited food, classic. Should I share with you the number 04-3997865 and the restaurant in located in Dubai marina The Zen Tower. i am sure whether they do home delivery.

Posted by: Gurmukh on 29 Aug ' 09 at 21:02
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

We decided to go to this restrauant yesterday as we had been there before a couple of months ago and were quite satisfied but this time were very dispointed. Although the staff was very friendly and very helpful. the food was disgusting. It appered that most of the food was from the leftovers from the night before. We had buffet.The food was not hot. The chicken was hard. Fish was tasteless. Dessert was tasteless and did not look to be freshly made.We will never use this restrauant again.

Posted by: Nikhil on 18 Aug ' 09 at 18:50
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Very very average. Would not suggest anyone looking for decent "real" Indian food goes anywhere near this restaurant...

Posted by: Alok on 12 Jun ' 09 at 16:08
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Their Dubai Marina branch is a terrible venue for a business lunch! Though the place was almost completely empty, we had to wait more than 40 minutes for our order to arrive, despite repeated attempts to catch some waiter's eye.

The food was really terrible. I know that it's not supposed to be authentic "Indian" Indian, and is more suited for a British/European palate, but then there's a difference between bland (ie non-spicy) food and insipid/tasteless food. The chicken tikka masala was just pieces of boiled chicken dunked in a thin orange-colored gravy. The fish amritsari too had zero taste.

The butter naans were almost dripping in butter, and even worse, were only half-cooked in places.

I shudder to think what opinion the British would have of Indian cuisine, if they had just this place to go by!

Sorry, but for authentic & simple North Indian or frontier cuisine, you just can't beat Sind Punjab restaurant. For somewhat more spicy/tangy South Indian food, try Saravana Bhawan in Karama (vegetarian) or Anjappar Chettinad (non-vegetarian) which is right next doors to Saravana Bhawan.

Posted by: Sadia on 09 Jun ' 09 at 05:58
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The much hyped Rupee Room did not live up to its reputation. For a place that was not even close to being full to capacity, on a Saturday night, the service was very slow. I'd hate to see what it would be like if it did get busy. By the end of the tedious meal we felt like we were being forced to leave and as we were the only people sitting on this side of the dining room, the a/c was turned off, surely if we're paying almost 700 dhs for a meal, expecting to eat it in a comfortable and cool enviroment is not much to ask for. In general the food took forever to arrive, the waiting staff didn't seem to care about the patrons and to top it all off the service charge was almost 70dhs, I wouldn't have paid a fraction of that for the service but went against arguing over it because that would have probably taken another hour to get someone's attention and complain. The one plus point was that the food itself was faultless.

Posted by: Uli on 08 Mar ' 09 at 13:14
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  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

The service is friendly and efficient . But unfoutunately the food is a little bland and considering that the Chefs are from India rather disappointing .

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