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On a trip to Dubai and on a lookout for your desi khana? We love all kinds of food, but we cannot simply live without a little tadka, a pinch of garam masala and a dash of laal mirchi, right!

Here’s our list of the 10 best Indian restaurants in Dubai. Take your pick and eat away!

1. Aangan Restaurant, Qusais

This is a favorite not only among the Indians, but outsider folks too. Each and every thing on the menu is delicious and you have so many amazing options to choose from! Something that you should absolutely get your hands on is the tomato curry lamb shank and the tandoori dishes. Aangan is located at Dhow Palace Hotel and is an award winning restaurant with its specialty being Indian platter. It definitely is one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai.

Price for two: Dhs. 50

2. Delhi Darbar, Al Karama

The two most important qualities of Delhi’s food – tasty and inexpensive, both are to be found in this cool restaurant. Do not go on the simple interiors, the owners have spent their effort on tantalizing your taste buds instead of a fancy sofa set or a graffiti wall. You should go with dishes like PalakPaneer, Chicken Tikka Masala and MalaiKofta. Located on the Karama food streets in the Deira district of Dubai, you will not come back disappointed!

Price for two: Dhs. 100

3. Ashiana by Vineet, Sheraton Hotel, Baniyas

This restaurant may not be the most inexpensive one in our list, but its menu & service is impeccable! Their lamb soup and murgh Ashiana are famous in all of Dubai! It is an in-house restaurant at the Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and towers and is pretty famous for its Indian cuisine. So if you do not mind spending a little more on food and having the foodie night of your life, this Indian restaurant in Dubai is a must visit!

Price for two: Dhs. 300

4. Options by Sanjeev Kapoor, World Trade Center Area

Owned by celebrity chef Sanjeev Kapoor, this Indian restaurant in Dubai will make your taste buds do a wild dance! The food here is to die for, coming straight out of Kapoor’s kitchen of highly trained chefs. Shaahi Paneer and Shaahi Murgaa have to be there on your list to order at this place. It is located at Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.

Price for two: Dhs. 300

5. The Bombay - Marco Polo Hotel, Naif

The amazing interior, a live band playing authentic Indian music and the ever so heady aroma of Indian food! A pretty delicious picture right! And not just this, the prices are pretty pocket friendly too. It is all of these things which will make you smile and be satisfied with your restaurant selection. Choose a fish tikka or tandoori entrée and you will see why many people frequently visit this Dubai Indian restaurant. It is located at Marco Polo Hotel, Deira, Dubai.

Pricefor two: Dhs. 120

6. Patiala Restaurant - Souk Al Bahar

Located at Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, this Indian restaurant in Dubai fuses authentic Indian flavors with contemporary interiors in an out of the world urban setting. The coolest fact about it is that it has flown in its team of chefs direct from Delhi! The result is signature dishes and authentic recipes that are rarely tasted outside of India in an environment designed to appeal to Dubai’s foodies and especially Indian foodies! Go for any of the chicken dishes and you will come out satiated!

Price for two: Dhs. 170

7. Dakshin Restaurant - Lotus Hotel, Deira

This is a mecca for the South Indian food lovers who live in Dubai. Enjoy your favorite South Indian dish with authentic Carnatic music being played in the background, this place will definitely remind you of home. Among favorites are Masala Dosa (pancake stuffed with sautéed potatoes and onion), koondal porichathu (calamari rings dipped in batter and deep fried), onion pakora (onion rings dipped in batter and deep fried) and egg masala appam (pancake made from egg batter and vegetables). Hard core non vegetarians could try out mutton biryani and murg tikka masala with kulcha. It is located inside the Lotus Hotel, Dubai.

Pricefor two: Dhs. 220

8. iZ - Grand Hyatt Dubai, Garhoud

High end restaurant located at the Grand Hyatt, Dubai. Sure, the prices are a little steep, but the delicacies served here will definitely help you forget them! With both vegan and non-vegetarian options available, the menu becomes endless, but the dish worth trying is prawn masala. Other mentions include the tandoori dishes cooked at the live cooking stations. You should visit this Indian restaurant in Dubai atleast once!

Price for two: Dhs. 200

9. Zaika Restaurant - World Trade Center Area

For all those who love to indulge in North Indian food, this is THE place for you! Every dish on its menu is worth try but a special mention for dhania (coriander) murg and naan (Various types of rice also go well with curries). It is the in – house Dubai Indian restaurant for Al Murooj Rotana Hotel .The interiors here are absolutely lovely and pretty to look at. The place has a happy ambience, making your experience here heavenly. It is a pretty big place, you can plan your birthday party or family get together here and celebrate food!

Price for two : Dhs. 200

10. India Palace, Garhoud

This is one hell of a traditional Indian place! Wooden interiors, copper tableware and the oh! so mouthwatering wide variety of starters! Does anyone need more reasons to visit this food heaven? The menu is elaborate with starters like Hara Bhara Kebabs (spinach cutlets), lasoon machli (garlic and yoghurt mix-coated fish). Main course includes dishes like banjara kofta (balls of cottage cheese rolled in spinach, deep fried and sauted with tomato gravy) while desserts spin up names like Saffron Kulfi. Located at Garhoud, Dubai, it’s a must visit!

Price for two: Dhs. 120

So the next time you are visiting the Middle East, do not forget to carry this foodie list with you! Dubai is a popular holiday destination and sure does look after its tourist population nicely! A wide variety of restaurants on every corner, Indian restaurants in Dubai are a popular and safe option!


Komal Jain is an IT professional during day and a writer at all other times. She has a bachelor’s degree in engineering, but she tries to ignore it and finds peace and purpose in writing. Travelling, eating, and writing is what she basically wants to do her life.
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