Wrap & Roll Haandi

Wrap & Roll Haandi

High-end version of a typical Dubai curry house 21 Reviews

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All the best variety acts come in pairs. From the greats Laurel and Hardy to anarchic duo Abbot and Costello, the art of the two-man comedy show can be hard to beat. It was only a matter of time then before Dubai decided to get in on the unique double act. Now on the back streets behind Mall of the Emirates is Wrap & Roll.

Based around the concept of cooking with a Haandi – a traditional Indian clay cookery pot heated over coals – Wrap & Roll is sort of a high-end version of the numerous Pakistani and North Indian restaurants that overspill onto Mankhool Road and Kuwait Street. Starting out as a successful takeaway outlet, the restaurant has since set up a sit-in restaurant full of crisp white linens, concertina-pressed serviettes and enough bow-ties to make Charlie Chaplin jealous.

On a recent visit, in a moment of mistaken slapstick, the plates were placed face down, and my date and I found that we both had different menus. It was a surprising opener for a new restaurant. The menu itself was also a rather confused child and threw up Lebanese staples like homous, muttabal and shish taouk as though they’d be at home in any Karachi cooking pot. Service was good, though a little too much so. Our waitress buzzed around us like an excitable kitten, and approached us four times to take our order before we got our sodas.

We chose a couple of spiced kebabs as a quick warm-up act. These tandoori baked breads were good, but fell just short of delicious. The issue wasn’t the flavour (fresh spices and peppers made for a comforting opener). The problem was that they spent too long over the charcoals and any remnant of a marinade had long evaporated.

They were, alas, too dry. My date ordered a chicken karahi and lamb biryani – as recommended by our Pakistani taxi driver en route – and I opted for some hearty spiced yoghurt chicken tikka. I wanted it to satisfy, and the beautiful mingling of spices seemed eager to do so, but the texture of the chicken, dry and overcooked, stopped the dish short.

I drew comfort instead from an accompanying crunchy, fresh-baked garlic naan. My date’s meethi paratha, soaked in steamed fenugreek leaves, proved a solid bet, though it outplayed his main course: the little flesh there was in his saffron-red tomato gravy clung to its bones in a last defiant act against being eaten.

Yet Wrap & Roll really wanted to please. The service was attentive, the manager stumbled out from the kitchen like a lost Basil Fawlty to offer his regards, and the staff grinned from ear to ear like they just heard the best joke in the world. And, as the anticipating audience, we really did want to like it. But, unfortunately, Wrap & Roll didn’t quite win us over. As a sit-in restaurant, it is still trying to find it’s footing. It is like Gazebo, but not as good; like Ravi’s but not as good value.

The key to a good double act has always been about the timing. While Wrap & Roll may have its delivery down, if it really wants to headline in this city it needs to learn to take the food out of the oven a bit sooner.

The bill (for two)
1x Large water Dhs6.00
2x Diet Pepsi Dhs6.00
1x Methi paratha Dhs10.00
1x Garlic naan Dhs7.00
1x Chicken boti roll Dhs12.00
1x Malai boti roll Dhs12.00
1x Chicken karahi Dhs16.00
1x Mutton biryani Dhs16.00
Service charge Dhs10.80
Total Dhs118.80

By Daisy Carrington
Time Out Dubai,

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

Details

  • Location: Barsha, Dubai
  • Tel: 04 432 8564
  • Travel: Summer Land Building, behind Lulu Supermarket, 316 Road

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  • Users voted this restaurant most suitable for: Family friendly

User reviews:

Posted by: Ahmad on 14 Jul ' 13 at 12:28

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They are worst in hospitality, I was regular customer and couldn't imagine that they can treat customers like that. I travlelled with my family from Abu Dhabi and reserved table for Iftar buffet. I am really disappointed by the management and resturant system and decide not to go there again.

Posted by: Claire Kee on 06 May ' 13 at 19:12
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My first Pakistani restaurant and it was very good indeed. The key is to order lots of dishes in group to sample lots. Sweet lasi was great.

Posted by: syed ali on 20 Apr ' 13 at 18:59
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Best for nothing. I have been to lots of restaurants in UAE and this is next to worst. May be food is O.k, but hospitality is very poor. 2 waiters serving for around 15 tables. No body cares for orders or response. It took eternity to bring the order for my family of 3people.
Typical careless Pakistani restaurant management.

Posted by: Junaid on 26 Feb ' 13 at 19:16
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

Good food with poor management and staff. I used to like this resturant and visit them quite often, but the staff/manager are arogant. They dont have the tendancy to accept any of their mistake, rather insist on quality and taste of food if shef make some mistake.

Probably the owner dont care much about it and so the staff.

Posted by: asif on 11 Oct ' 12 at 23:01
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  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

I went there twice in couple of months time and both the times i was disappointed.Some items which were mentioned in the menu were not available at the 7P.M in the evening. Price charged were significantly higher than qouted on the menu. Again brunch prices mentioned on the display infront of the door was higher than the bill. very limited variety in the breakfast and brunch. Does not value for money at all.

Posted by: Usman on 18 Jul ' 12 at 12:48
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Hands down the best bbq in town. The chicken tikka is divine

Posted by: ali on 19 Mar ' 12 at 09:20
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Great Food. The Breakfast is as authentic as it gets !!! Try it you'll know what i mean.

The decor could use a little work, considering the prices. It would be nice if the decor matched the prices and you could actually treat guests to a proper mid-high end pakistani place with good food.

Posted by: Azhar on 28 Mar ' 11 at 15:33
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

By far the tastiest pakistani food in town

Posted by: Nabeel on 05 Oct ' 10 at 12:03
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: ayesha on 26 Aug ' 10 at 05:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

i think they got great food. we've been dining there since it has opened and have seen the improvement. Now they got more space, better service but the same great food!

Posted by: Imran on 19 May ' 10 at 04:57
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food with excellent service. Definitely going back.

Posted by: Adnan Abbas on 14 Feb ' 10 at 18:51
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

food was fine, but quatity served is less...and pricing is way too high.

Posted by: AliW on 14 Oct ' 09 at 09:59
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I tried it last night. Food was delicious, but serving size (especially grill items) was small and the amont charged was on the higher side. Value for money was less, but overall it was a fine experience. The items tried were Chicken Biryani, beef keema, boneless handi, bihari kababs and malai botis.

Posted by: Ahmed Bilal on 24 Aug ' 09 at 10:41
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I work quite near to Wrap & Roll so it would be fair to say I get a taste of their Chicken Handi or Daal Fry almost every alternate day. It is the most famous take away ordered from my company and rightly so. Their Dine In "Handi's" is indeed a commendable step in expansion. I took my parents only once recently and they are since eager to go back again ( living in sharjah it tends to be a bit tedious ). This resturant is not to be looked with a critical eye, but with an open mouth and receptive taste buds.

Posted by: Rauf on 22 Aug ' 09 at 19:25
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  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME AND MONEY.

I visited the W&R this evening with my family for Iftar dinner buffet. I phoned the restaurant before visiting it and was told by the staff that their AED 55 per person buffet includes variety of food, including biryani rice, tikkas, curries and masalas of this world. However, I was shocked to find out that they offer a VERY limited choice of food, which excludes most the above (they had 5-7 dishes ONLY).

I had no choice but to order my food a la carte, which was NOT as delicious as mentioned above. In addition, I don't understand why the restaurant was explained as "high-end". The total area was too small, tables were too close to each other, which leads me to recommend anyone having claustrophobia or children to avoid it.

Posted by: Bridget on 07 Aug ' 09 at 10:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Been there several times for lunch n dinner, always enjoyed the food. ...n the best part is tht they are open till late at night around 3....dont miss their Chicken Haandi and Chicken Garlic Mayo Rolls

Posted by: Mahira on 09 Jun ' 09 at 09:44
  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Very delicious food, slightly slow in service. But overall a recommendable Pakistani restaurant.

Posted by: Jo & Jonny on 17 May ' 09 at 10:07
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

My husband and I went wrap & roll after hearing great reviews from friends and we were not dissappointed the food was fab!! I agree the service is a little over attentive but it won't put us off. We will be back.

Posted by: bhavya on 13 May ' 09 at 10:39
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Posted by: Nimra on 11 May ' 09 at 14:02
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Excellent food. i love Wrap and Roll.

Posted by: Fariha on 11 May ' 09 at 10:34
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  • Best for: Family friendly
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

I just love Wrap n Roll... it's our second kitchen as we're the usual customers there... atleast 4 times a week... Best thing is now they have their own dine-in restaurant.
There service is though a bit too attentive as they're asking too much during orders.
The best thing is to place an order while on the way to the restaurant atleast 15min prior. Once you're there the order is almost ready and will be served to you within 5min. This is what we do because the food is fresh so it takes a lot of time to cook it.

They now also have Monday buffet dinners which is excellent!!

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