These 5 Restaurants Serve The Best Indian Food In Dubai!

by Vaishnavi Venkataraman
by Vaishnavi Venkataraman 1757

India On Your Plate!

Let’s admit it! Nothing can match the joy of savoring dhal, roti and subzi, no matter where we live. Although Dubai is home to multiple cuisines, Indian restaurants come first for us Desis.
And why not! Indian cuisine is more than just food for the stomach. A melange of flavors, textures, and colors, this cuisine is an experience- one which will last a lifetime. With Indian restaurants cropping at the drop of a hat, we bring to you five best Indian restaurants in Dubai.
So, go ahead and nom nom!

1. Mint Leaf Of London

Fine dining with breathtaking views anyone? Mint Leaf brings on your plate some of the authentic dishes from India, with a unique twist. While the dishes are finger-licking good, what truly separates their gastronomic offerings from others is their elegant plating style. Plated with a modern flair of first-class dining, the restaurant offers a wide-spread menu. You are sure to go back for their hand-picked seafood known as the ‘Chef’s Catch’ and the exotic South Indian Crab Cakes and Kochi Lobster Tails. Wash down your meal with some finely mixed beverages. From fruity drinks that deliver a pinch of zest to sweet mixes that play around your palate, there’s something for every foodie!

What To Order: Cocktails, Mocktails, Chicken Masala, Dal Makhani, Jeera Rice, Butter Chicken, Chicken Grill
Address: Level 15, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai
Price: AED 450 for two
Contact: 04 5269200

2. Tresind

Committed to proving the most innovative Indian cuisine in Dubai Tresind offers a deliciously mixed bag of starters, soups, main course, and desserts. However, what sets it aside from other Indian restaurants in town is their tasting menu. Flip the pages of the menu card and you will see a section which says ‘dishes will be served in sharing portion’. The tasting menu has a starter, main course, and a dessert, all served in bite-sized, yet sumptuous portions. Thai black rice appam which comes alongside a chicken chettinad, the Bengali kosha mangsho (a mutton curry for which brings Bengal on your plate), and the morel lababdar – a rare mushroom seasoned with truffle oil tadka and served with a lotus crisp, are simply unmissable. The restaurant also serves a lunch set menu, with some truly Indian desserts like coconut ladddu, soan papdi crumble and the good old vanilla custard.

What To Order: Panipuri, Jumbo Prawns, King Prawn, Raita, Cocktails, Misal Pav
Address: Level 2, Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayad Road, Trade Centre Area
Price: AED 500 for two
Contact: 04 5260684

3. Maharaja Bhog

If you haven’t had an Indian Thali, you haven’t lived. India is known for Thalis and Maharaja Bhog in Dubai serves the best Rajasthani thali in town. The restaurant offers a set menu, which changes every day. Yes, you read that right! They have a different menu each day, so there’s a little surprise every time you visit them. The menu comprises of a vegetable, dhal, rice, roti, dessert, drink, sweet and some quick snacks like bread roll and dhokla.

What To Order: Rajasthani Thali
Address: Ground Level, Hamsah Mall, Next to Ansar Gallery, Al Karama
Price: AED 90 for two
Contact: 04 5269132

4. AB’s Absolute Barbecues

A household name in India, Absolute Barbecues has been shaking up the food scene in Dubai for over 4 years now. The unique fusion of global grill and a classic buffet, the vibrant ambiance and the warm staff will leave a lasting impression on anyone. The restaurant does not offer any set menu. It serves a wide range of grills from across the globe. For those looking for a carnivorous meal, don’t miss out on the restaurant’s exotic collection of rabbit, camel, octopus, and mixed seafood. The best feature of ABB, however, is their table grill. A cute little grill is set up in the middle of every table and diners have the option to grill their own personalized barbecue. ABB has a myriad of skewers ranging from Tandoor Kebabs, to Peri-Peri Chicken, watermelon balls and the all-time favorite Churrasco Pineapple. Finish your meal with some delightful sweet treats like Gulab Jamun, Cheese Cake, Baklava and Tiramisu.

What To Order: Grills, Mocktails, Chaat, Chicken Biryani, Butter Chicken
Address: Mezzanaine Floor, Centurion Star Tower, Deira City Centre Area
Price: AED 160 for two
Contact: 600577776

5. Carnival By Tresind

Seated in the heart of DIFC, Carnival, Tresind’s little sibling, lets you celebrate Indian food, bringing back childhood memories. Everything about the restaurant brings with it a tiny surprise package- be it the quirky interiors, the food or the innovative drinks. Not only that, their tasting menu is to die for and gives you a real taste for their uniquely crafted delicacies. Their Pondicherry fish curry– cooked in a warming mixture of raw mango and coconut is therapy for the soul while their Ajmeri Kachoris are perfect for those who love street food.They also have a fancy brunch menu that picks delicacies from across the globe. Go for the lunch set menu or the chef’s tasting menu if you are super hungry and want a quick meal. You sure won’t regret it !

What To Order: Dal Makhani, Cocktails, Tacos, Biryani, Mocktails, Chaap, Chaat
Address: Podium Level, Burj Daman, DIFC
Price: AED 385 for two
Contact: 04 5260323

Happy eating!

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