Inventive Indian eats at reasonable prices
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Dubai is full of Indian restaurants – from sprawling dining rooms with starched tablecloths to hole-in-the-wall eateries that serve samosas at speed. But they tend to follow the same formula, bar a few notable exceptions that tend to be at the higher end of the price range.

Enter Rajdhani, which is nestled among Deira’s vegetarian restaurant enclave. It’s split into two parts – a traditional, far fuller dining room that serves thali platters for Dhs25, and a colourful street food section that offers an inventive twist on Indian cuisine at reasonable prices.

We start off with vegan vegetable lollipops, which are ingeniously served on sugar canes giving a chewy sweet relief from the punchy, fried filling. Also on our table is a cheese burst Maggi dosa, which is the comfort food of dreams. It’s basically a congealed, gooey mass of noodles, sealed neatly inside a sliced dosa – with a dollop of cheese sauce slathered on top. It’s heavy, and slightly lacking in flavour, but we like the creativity (and carbs).

Another hit is the pau bhaji fondue. The mixture is dull on its own, but the provided onions, garlic spices and lime make the little morsels of bread pop.

The yellowish crispy top masks a delicious buttery soak that’s normally reserved for crumpets or a hot slice of toast that’s been given enough time to absorb.

It’s experimental, but not so much so that you won’t recognise the underlying dishes. And while the service is stilted at best, it’s one to add to your list.

Inventive Indian eats at reasonable prices

For a new take on a familiar cuisine

By Time Out Dubai staff  | 10 Mar 2019

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