As an Indian in Dubai, even though I experiment with other cuisines, I always tend to turn back to my roots eventually. I enjoy my pastas, pizzas, shawarmas and burritos immensely, but at times the craving for familiar tastes and smells, is simply too much to resist! I do cook a wide variety of Indian food at home in my own kitchen, so one might wonder if I would look forward to eating Indian food from outside. Nevertheless, at times, it is nice to relish a comforting meal at some good Indian restaurants in Dubai.
There are a number of great Dubai restaurants serving delectable Indian food but here are a few of my favourites:
Gazebo: serves up hearty Indian fare in a warm and welcoming environment. They are present in a number of locations in and around Dubai, such as Mirdif City Centre, DIFC, Internet City etc. Unpretentious and down-to-earth, it is easy to see why gazebo has become a success story. Among many other mouthwatering Indian delicacies, their dum biryani is very popular – so don’t forget to try it!
Asha’s: A winner of many prestigious culinary awards, Asha’s has been around in Dubai for more than a decade. It is present in two locations today – at Wafi and at Mall Of The Emirates. They serve lovely contemporary Indian food and are a favourite among many foodies who enjoy Indian food. One trip to Asha’s is never enough – I am sure that you will want to go back again and again!
Ashiana: If the ambiance of the restaurant matters to you as much as the food itself, then you need to head to Ashiana. This wonderful restaurant is located in the Sheraton at Deira and is well-known for its fine food. A meal at Ashiana will be an absolute feast for your senses and will be a memorable experience that you will savour.
Of course, there are many more worthy additions that deserve to be added to this list – but the only issue is that then this will be a never-ending list! While those mentioned above are all big players in the restaurant industry, there is also some superb hole in the wall, neighbourhood eateries that one can turn in times when a curry fix is urgently needed!
I just got back from a visit to one of the Ski Chalets at the Kempinski hotel in the Mall Of The Emirates, Dubai. And boy, was it amazing or what! I’ve visited Kempinski before for an interview but this was my first time inside the ski chalets. We were welcomed with a tempting array of macaroons, a plateful of gourmet dates, a basket of fresh fruits, a hamper of decadent Arabic sweets as well as water, tea, coffee and other beverages to go with it.
The beautiful suite was spread out over 3 levels, with the first level being the cosy and snug lounge, and the second and third levels being large bedrooms, each with sleek, walk-in bathrooms attached. The impressive suite overlooks the snow clad slopes of Ski Dubai and is tastefully furnished in a typical ski lodge fashion, making you feel that you are in a lavish ski resort far away from the heat and dust of Dubai! A night during peak season can cost anywhere between 20000 AED to 25000 AED. It is the ultimate indulgence in opulence and comfort and not one that I will forget anytime soon.
While talking to the friendly Manager, we came to know that most of the ski chalets are booked by wealthy families who visit Dubai to spend their leisure time soaking up the luxuries that are available. Apart from stepping out into the mall for some shopping, these guests don’t prefer going and checking out other tourist attractions in Dubai, or perhaps they’ve already seen the attractions several times earlier and hence are no longer interested in visiting them.
So, that brings us to the question, what type of tourist are you? Do you like to be out and about, hunting for local attractions or do you favour spending your holiday in your hotel just lazing around? I think I like a little of this and a little of that! For instance, if I’ve had a particularly stressful time and I am taking a break for only a couple of days, then I think I would desire lounging around in my hotel, getting pampered and pandered to. On the other hand, if I am visiting a new place – especially a tourist-friendly site – and I am going to around for atleast a handful of days, then I’d definitely be interested in doing some sight-seeing and discovering the delights that the place has in store for me. Plus, if I go to Paris and come back without the mandatory photo next to the Eiffel Tower, I’m convinced that my friends and family will kick me!