Celebrate Diwali, the festival of lights, which falls on Thursday October 19, with these top offers around the city this week.
Free desserts at Farzi Café
The “modern spice bistro”, is offering a complimentary Indian dessert to diners as part of the festivities.
Free bite-sized sweets will be served to guests all day on Thursday October 19. Desserts include rasmalai tres leches with carrot cream and saffron milk or warm semolina banana cake with saffron and pistachio ice cream, topped with toffee sauce. Finally there’s a jalebi caviar with saffron foam and condensed milk with exotic nuts.
Free. Oct 19 noon-11pm. City Walk, Al Safa Street (04 394 2556).
Special menu at Bombay Bungalow
If you’ve been keeping up with Time Out Dubai you will have heard about this one before (burrata butter chicken anyone?).
This relatively-recently launched restaurant down at The Beach (which was formerly House of Curry) boasts a slick new look and some exciting new creations, some of which will be on display on the Diwali offering. Chef Hari Nayak says that he’s “not trying to mess with Indian cooking” but merely looking at ways to “elevate” dishes.
A whole feast of Indian fusion plates will be served up for just Dhs145 per person. Dishes will include a mix of Bungalow favourites as well as signature dishes created for the festive season such as lentil soup, vegetable samosa, harissa chicken tikka, mushroom truffle cottage cheese steak, mutton rogan josh, dal makhani, tawa baigun, and of course, that burrata butter chicken.
Dhs145. Oct 12-28 noon-midnight. The Beach, opposite JBR (800 692 8779).
Diwali party at Moombai & Co. Café and Bar
This new parsi-style café is offering up a set menu to celebrate the festival like you would in Mumbai. The three-course menu consists of 12 dishes and is designed to feel like eating at “Auntie’s house”, so is a great one for gathering with friends.
As well as top food (we loved this funky new eatery when we tried it recently), there will be live entertainment and dancing on Thursday October 19 and Friday October 20.
Dishes include dahl vada (lentil dumplings) and shammi kebab (lamb patties). There’s also fish wrapped in banana leaf, lamb biryani and an all-time favourite, butter chicken.
Dhs180. Oct 18-21 11am-11pm. The H Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 501 8607).
Set menu at Mint Leaf of London
This upmarket Indian (that boasts views of Burj Khalifa) is putting on a special eight-course menu with dishes from Chef Pradeep Khullar.
Signature dishes include a watermelon slider, wild mushrooms and mathri tak-a-tak and dum vegetables biryani. You’ll get the full menu for Dhs250 a head all day, every day until Saturday October 21.
Dhs250. Oct 16-21 noon-midnight. Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC (04 706 0900).
Thali at Rajdhani
This vegetarian Indian restaurant is serving up a full thali for Diwali, at a great price of just Dhs45. You’ll get loads of dishes to try, and the best news? It’s unlimited. This one is ideal for groups and family feasts and the dishes change daily, ensuring you’ll never get bored.
Dhs45. Oct 17-21 7pm-11.30pm. Karama (04 334 7977).
Dinner at Mazina
The all-day dining restaurant at Address Dubai Marina is celebrating Diwali with an exclusive dinner menu. There will be 20 dishes, served on a thali, all boasting authentic, fresh ingredients from 7pm-11pm every day until Saturday October 21.
Dhs175. Oct 12-21 7pm-11pm. Address Dubai Marina (04 888 3444).
Thali at Mahec
This contemporary Indian restaurant is serving up a range of specially-crafted dishes from Chef Asif Khan. There are veggie and meat option, with dishes including a tradition murg banjara, kalonji dum aloo and shahenshahi veg korma.
Dhs159 (vegetarian), Dhs179 (meat) Oct 18-19 12.30pm-3pm; 7pm-11pm. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, Garhoud (04 702 2455).
Diwali Brunch at The Eatery
The Eatery at the Four Points by Sheraton Downtown Dubai is transforming for a special weekend brunch in honour of Diwali.
The Diwali Brunch offers up a huge range of dishes from the buffet including curries, freshly-made Indian breads and traditional desserts. There will also be a kids’ corner with face-painting and cartoons, making it an all-round fun family event.
Dhs89 (soft drinks), Dhs179 (house beverages). Oct 20-21 12.30pm-3.30pm. Four Points By Sheraton Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road (054 468 0910).
Diwali Combo at Kris Kros
Until Friday October 20 you can take advantage of a special Diwali deal at Kris Kros. Dig into samosas, followed by a spicy veggie pizza and pasta with orange curry (or butter chicken), followed by a peanut butter cake and mango lassi. The special four-course set menu is just Dhs69 per person.
Dhs69. Tue-Wed 9.30am-11pm; Thu-Fri 9.30am-midnight. Until Oct 20. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai (04 453 9994).
Set menu at Nina
If you want to celebrate with a fancy meal, head to this one.
Chef Shipra Khanna is cooking up a special meal to celebrate the Festival of Lights at Nina at One&Only Royal Mirage. There are two options for the tasting menu – four or five courses, all designed to be enjoyed with family and friends.
Dhs280 (four-course), Dhs320 (five-course). Oct 18-20 7pm-11pm. One&Only Royal Mirage, King Salman Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Street (04 399 9999).
Diwali buffet at Barbecue Delights
Dig into a special buffet with a variety of authentic sweets, snacks, a live chaat counter and a variety of North Indian delicacies. There will be free face painting for the little ones, as well as bangle giveaways for Diwali guests.
Dhs65 (Lamcy Square branch), Dhs85 (Downtown and Dubai Parks & Resorts). Various locations, call for times (0800 22283).
Family combo from Roti Rollers
Gather a group and go for the family combo – you’ll get four rolls, two sides and four drinks for just Dhs149. What a bargain.
Dhs149. Oct 17-22 6pm-9pm. Al Wasl (04 345 0761).