Reminder: Due to Covid-19, some restaurants have altered their offerings and may be temporarily closed.
Before dining at any restaurant in Dubai, here are some general rules to take note of:
Make a reservation (Duh!) | Gents, no shorts, flip flops, tank tops and the likes (always best to call and confirm before going) | Confirm that the offer/special you are looking to redeem is still available or applicable on your day of preference.
Below are my favorite Indian restaurants in the city (that I’ve personally tried):
INDYA BY VINEET ($$) – Dubai Marina (Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa)
A fresh new concept that brings a modern and eclectic taste to Indian cuisine. Each dish is experiential, rich in flavor with a trendy decor to match.
MASTI ($$) – La Mer
Masti, which translate to “fun & mischief”, creatively blends traditional & new India together through an array of mouth-watering dishes.
- Masti Hour: 2 for 1 | Sunday – Thursday | 5-8PM
- Elephant Bath Brunch: Brunch + House Beverage | 375 AED | Fridays & Saturdays
- Gin & Jazz Nights: Various drinks packages | Mondays | 8pm
TRESIND ($$$) – Various.
Tresind, also known as the “birthplace for innovative Indian cuisine”, was first established in Dubai in 2014 and instantly became one of the top modern fine-dining experiences in the city. Tresind offers a unique culinary experience via their 3 iconic locations:
Tresind Dubai (Sheikh Zayed Rd – VOCO Hotel)
Tresind Studio (Sheikh Zayed Rd – VOCO Hotel) – Only seats 20 people at a time for an intimate experience
Carnival By Tresind (DIFC) – the menu changes by “season” – the cuisine served at Carnival progresses through various themes, every few months, with a season.
- Offers (brunch, business lunch and tasting menus) varies by location
MINT LEAF LONDON ($$- $$$) – DIFC (Emirates Financial Center Towers)
Easily considered one of Dubai’s best Indian restaurants, Mint Leaf of London offers authentic Indian cuisine with a modern twist in the heart of the financial center.
- Business lunch and tasting menus available. Call for exact details.
LITTLE MISS INDIA ($$) – Palm Jumeirah (Fairmont the Palm)
Vibe: Quirky/Smart Casual
A quirky, character-led gastronomic concept that takes foodies on a journey through the “Mistress” worldly travels and eccentric menu in her very own mansion.
ONCE UPON A BITE ($) – KARAMA
Authentic street food from Delhi! Try the paratha, ramen noodles and the Shaadi Waali coffee.
TAMARIND TERRACE ($) – KARAMA
Located next to the Emirates Post Office, Tamarind Terrace serves authentic food from Kerala (my favorite region in India!). Try the seafood meal for 16 AED.