Quick Guide to the Best Indian Restaurants in Dubai

Dubai is a vibrant and cosmopolitan metropolis that has emerged as a global business, leisure and multicuisine hub. The city has a lot of history, particularly in its architecture and cuisine.

With tall buildings, influenced by Western and Arabic cultures, the city is also known for its luxurious cuisines and restaurants. And, talking about the fact that there is a huge rise in the number of Indian restaurants of all types, from the humble dhabas to the upscale clubs, you’ll find Indian cuisine in all of them, and each one will have its unique twist. But how do you know which ones are the best to visit?

Well, that’s why we’ve written this post. After research and personal experiences, we’ve come up with a list of some of the best Indian restaurants in downtown Dubai,

Rasoi Ghar, Opposite Bur Juman

Rasoi Ghar is a perfect food spot for Indians who love munching on some vegetarian food. Located just opposite Bur Juman, this Indian restaurant serves all types of Indian thalis, from royal Rajasthan thali to a simple South Indian thali along with other Indian favourites.

The restaurant has an eye-catching and vibrant decor that is an interesting fusion of traditional Indian decor and modern elegance. The staff are friendly and make you feel right at home, catering to your every need. The food is delicious, especially the dosas and the Aloo Tikki. Do not forget to savour the apple walnut kheer – it’s the best in Dubai.

Gharana Indian Restaurant, Sheikh Zayed Road

Located right at the heart of Sheikh Zayed Road, Gharana is a great place for the best Indian food. The ambience of the restaurant is cosy and vintage, with a very warm and welcoming environment to dine in.

Gharana serves a wide variety of Indian cuisines from Northern India and several dishes from southern India. The menu consists of North Indian thalis, South Indian dishes, Mughlai curries and beverages. The hot malpua rabri will make you feel like you’re in a Dhaba back in India. The music played in the restaurant is an entertaining mix of Hindi songs, so you can sing along to the tunes as you dine.

Saravana Bhavan

Saravana Bhavan is a well-known south Indian restaurant that has been serving people for years. With its branches extending from just one place to 7 other locations in Dubai, it is one of the best Indian restaurants serving authentic flavours of the country.

Their menu consists of Kashmiri pulao, spicy Andhra Biryani, schezwan noodles, mini-meals, Saravana special meals, varieties of dosas, idli, other South Indian meals and a lot of other dishes. You can choose to dine in or take food home. The ambience is well suited for families and groups. Also, the quality of food and service is worth the price you pay.

Bhukkad Cafe, Al Karama 

If you’re looking for something different and unique in the city, Bhukkad Cafe is the place to be at. Aside from the funky ambience and the delicious drinks, this cafe also has a unique interior, which is a mix of Delhi and Mumbai. It is a great place to hang out with friends. You will find a lot of cafés and juice centres in this lane, but Bhukkad Cafe, written in Hindi, will catch your eyes. The menu with some catchy descriptions like freak shakes, dal makhani shots, raj-maa chawal, pakwan dal cups, bhukkad ka kukkad are worth trying out here.

The food scene in Dubai is definitely on the rise, with a good variety of restaurants, cafes, bars, and lounges everywhere. That’s why it is not surprising to see an increasing number of Indian restaurants in Dubai. However, dining at an Indian restaurant in Dubai is a cultural experience, and everyone should be a part of both the cultural cuisines of India and Dubai.  

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