Time Out Says
Regardless of whether you’ve come for the latest arthouse screening, it’s the likes of karak chai and chilli cheese toast that will keep you lingering.
While there are now two branches of Project Chaiwala in town (a second opened in mid-2019 in Dubai Media City), the original comes with bags of personality.
Wedged into a narrow corridor, walls covered in movie posters, customers slide into their seats while staff pour steaming chai from large pots, and fire out dishes from a small, but funky menu of East-meets-further-East fusion snacks.
King among them is the smashmosa – a literal mash-up of fillings such as zaatar, aubergine and halloumi, or pulled smoked brisket, plated and pulverised before being topped with a handful of pomegranate seeds, mint leaves, tomato and onion, and no small helping of crunchy bhujia. Eat bite is a colourful punch-up of flavours – sweet and sour, tangy and salty – and all great value, with prices starting from just Dhs40 a plate.
You might not be deep in the arts scene, but now you’re in the know. Make the smashmos-t of it.
WHAT IS IT...
Tiny café serving Indian fusion snacks and a variety of chai
For the tasty eats and arthouse flicks
By Time Out Dubai staff | 24 Dec 2019
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