In a tweet: A laidback, flavourful and filling Indian comfort food feast. Best for relaxing family or friends.
The venue: You’ll find Tamarind, on the ground floor of the Ramada Hotel in Bur Dubai, isn’t the most stunning of dining rooms. Seating is basic, though there are some more comfortable booths. It doesn’t seem to get full, so the buzz you might get at other brunches is missing. A designated kids’ area is available.
The food: The restaurant has 100 different types of chutney, making it the largest self-serving bar of its kind in the world. If you have the patience to look, you’re sure to find the chutney you want. Enjoy it with traditional Indian bread – served warm and direct from the open-plan kitchen – and fried and baked varieties of popadoms. Chicken and vegetable biryani is served from a special tuk tuk, while main courses are plentiful and brought to the table. In all, there’s a good selection of meat from the tandoor, and plenty of curries with rice and naan breads.
The drinks: Indian grape is offered as part of the house beverages package, along with a variety of soft drinks. A self-service lassi bar is also available, offering three varieties of the yoghurt drink, including mango and coconut.
The crowd: Diners are mainly small groups of families, plus a few couples.
The dress code: Come casually dressed, allowing for extra room in the waistband.
The service: The staff are extremely warm and accommodating, taking requests with a smile on their faces. Food flows at a comfortable rate, but unless you intend on eating every morsel, you’ll have to prompt when ready to move on to the next course.
Extras & entertainment: Relaxing Indian music is provided from a singer on a keyboard playing next door at Cascade Lounge, which also houses one of the tallest stained-glass windows in the world.
Highs & lows: The kingfish Goan curry is incredible, with a combination of tomato and coconut in the sauce. It has tough competition from the cottage cheese dish with tomato gravy, both of which are served with the curry course. Dessert will be disappointing if you don’t like traditional Indian sweets.
The after party: Head upstairs to Lucien Belgian Café for live sport on the TV and happy hour drinks from 4pm.
Dhs99 (soft drinks), Dhs145 (house beverages). Fri noon-4pm. Ramada Hotel Dubai, Al Mankhool Road, Bur Dubai, (04 351 9999).