Best Indian restaurants in Dubai
Time Out Dubai is the definitive voice on Dubai's best restaurants, including Indian restaurants. Here's a guide to where to get the best curry in Dubai.
In the mood for a creamy curry, spicy biriyani or fancy filling up on tandoori-grilled meats, you’re in luck, because there’s a staggering range of Indian outlets in around. But it could also make choosing where to go a tough job. Worry not, Time Out has visited each and every restaurant to put them through their paces, assessing factors including quality of food, ambience and service. Popular or relatively unknown, we’ve gone undercover to find out what you’re getting for your money at each venue.
When looking for a memorable dinner spot for a special occasion there are three elements we all seek: quality of food, quality of service and quality of setting. And, if you’re heading to Armani/Amal, you’ll find all three aspects in abundance.
The swanky restaurant is located inside the Armani Hotel – crowned the world’s most luxurious hotel in 2016 – so expect elegance and high-end design at every turn. Inside, the expansive restaurant lives up to its former high praise, while the outside terrace is a stunning spot that’s bound to impress even the most hard-nosed of “I’ve-seen-it-all” Dubaians.
The menu is a mix of vegetarian and non-veggie set menus as well as à la carte.
If you’ve arrived hungry, it’s a wise decision to go for the set menu options, as the bill will soon rack up here with starters hanging around the Dhs100 mark and mains double that – plus you’ll have to order rice and bread separately.
That being said, the views of The Dubai Fountain below are simply stunning, and the vantage point provides an exceptional photo opportunity, so don’t be surprised to have a hoard of your fellow diners gathering around your window seat table every half hour to watch the performance below.
Vegetarians are well looked after and the Punjabi samosa is one of the most memorable you’ll have. A special mention must go to the garlic naans, too.
However, from there most other dishes struggle to stand out from the plethora of outstanding Indians in the city.
The curries can be a bit underwhelming in flavour. When paying anything up to Dhs200 for a main we expect the exceptional, but they’re not.
They lack the oomph of other fine-dining spots in the city, they lack the playfulness and, despite asking for them to be spicy, they lack the heat of a good curry.
That being said, you won’t leave disappointed with the food, as portion sizes are generous enough, it’s just that there are plenty of exceptional spots in the city that outshine this foodwise.
While the dishes don’t have the wow factor, it’s the setting that elevates this restaurant experience to special standards.
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Fine-dining Indian in the world’s tallest tower
For unrivalled Dubai Fountain views
For a restaurant with the world’s only chef to have two Michelin stars for Indian cuisine behind it, expectations are high, but Indego by Vineet at Grosvenor House has becomea little disappointing. Chef Vineet Bhatia’s restaurants around the world are excellent, but we’ve found this one to offer up slow service, some food verging on the ordinary and extremely high prices. In fact, these prices are among the highest in this category. We’re not saying the food is bad – actually, a few of the dishes here are downright delicious (especially the gunpowder coconut prawns starter, which is worth forking out more than Dhs140 for) – but you’d expect them to be positively mind-blowing for the Dhs230 you can be charged for main dishes. And they’re not. Then, you’ll probably have to wait a substantial amount of time between courses, even when the restaurant isn’t particularly busy. Having said all that, the setting is lovely – the place is authentically decorated, with a modern edge, and the outdoor terrace offers lovely views of Dubai Marina. But Indego seems to be getting left behind by some of the newer restaurants in this category.