Dubai is blessed with some of the best Indian restaurants. Agree? After all, nothing can match the joy of digging into a bowl of rajma chawal or roti, after a long day. In case you’re yet to find the best dhal/roti in town, here are top 5 Indian restaurants in Dubai that serve mouth-watering North Indian cuisine.
1. Mint Leaf Of London
Fine dining with breathtaking views anyone? One of the best Indian restaurants, Mint Leaf brings on your plate some of the authentic dishes, 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 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
Location: Level 15, South Tower, Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC, Dubai
Price: AED 450 for two
Contact: 04 5269200
Committed to providing the most innovative North Indian cuisine, Tresind offers a deliciously mixed bag of starters, soups, main course, and desserts. For starters you can opt for dahi kebab, paneer/chicken kurchan or cedar wood smoked tandoori chicken.
The main course has an impressive assortment of curries, gravies and breads. That aside, one dish we highly recommend when you dine here is the Birbal Ki Khichdi. Made with 44 flavorful ingredients and served alongside assorted papads and yoghurt, this is a recipe your grandma might know! Finish your meal with a sabudana kheer or rasmalai- just like the way its done in India!
What To Order: Chaat trolley, Butter Chicken, Misal Pav, tawa pulao
Location: Level 2, Nassima Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayad Road, Trade Centre Area
Price: AED 500 for two
Contact: 04 5260684
3. Maharaja Bhog
If want to try an Indian Thali, you got to head to one of the best Indian restaurants in town. 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
Location: Ground Level, Hamsah Mall, Next to Ansar Gallery, Al Karama
Price: AED 90 for two
Contact: 04 5269132
4. Rajdhani Street
This is as North Indian as it can get! A quirky version of the authentic Gujarati restaurant by the same name, Rajdhani street has succeeded in offering North Indian cuisine with a twist. We aren’t surprised it made it to the list of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai. For quick bites you can pick from Kachori, Mumbai patti samosa, aamchi Mumbai vada pav or the Kutchi Dabeli. Head over to the street specials and you’re sure to be spoilt for choice- Pav Bhaji fondue, thepla paneer tacos, Panki – the list is just endless.
For the mains, the restaurant has a rich collection of gravies- from the traditional paneer butter masala to jeera aloo and three different typed of dhal. Team it with biryani or whit rice and you’re in for a delicious treat.
As for the ambience expect a lot of quirks as the place strives to give its customers a street-food experience. There’s a nice pop of colours filling the walls, with quirky caricatures that depict all things India. We see that smile!
What To Order: Pav bhaji fondue, Jalebi, Thali, Rabri, Paratha, Panipuri
Location: Shop 07, Ground Floor, Platinum Tower, Cluster I, Jumeirah Lake Towers, one more branch in Karama
Timings: 11:00 am to 11:00 pm
Cost: AED 125 for two
Contact: 04 2855297
5. Indego by Vineet
If you’re up for fine dining, this is where you must head! Michelin-starred chef Vineet Bhatia a has a reputation for being creative, exquisite and extraordinarily unique, so expect nothing but the best. Immerse in the delicious flavours of coriander and safforn in the Seafood Trilogy- an exquisite dish made of coriander sesame prawns, olive scallops and Amritsari hammour, served with a saffron mash. That aside, the kokum sea bass (a macadamia-coated sea bass) and lamb Gucci korma (an Indian name for morel mushrooms) are to die for too!
Now, wait for the finale! Finish your meal with a chocolicious Indego- a chocolate samosa served with chunks of chocolate and choco lassi by the aside. Truly death by chocolate for every choco-lover!
What To Order: Lamb Chops, Chocolate Samosa,Butter Chicken, Lassi, Chicken Tikka,Naan, Dal Maharani
Location: Lobby Level, Tower 1, Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina
Timings: 7pm – 11:30pm
Cost: AED 650 for two
Contact: 04 3176000