Hidden Indian Gems in Dubai

Today we continue our series of Hidden gems around Dubai.  A collective of the CitiSpi team recommending places they love around Dubai.  Real people giving real opinions. We are basing our choices on great food at a great price.  Who doesn't want that?  It is less about new and sparkly and more about the authentic experience and it is our opinion.   

In the first blog we focused on great Italian food and now we sum up the best of Indian restaurants in Dubai in our eyes.  Have you come to Dubai and crave your local oven cooked dry tikka massala or maybe a spicy lamb biryiani.  It could even be the search for the driest poppadom with mango chutney.  With Indian food it is all about love, slow cooking and the perfect mix of spice.  Here are our choices that we love all over Dubai.  It is not about only about the classification of the restaurant.  Our opinions reflect our experience!  See if you agree.



If you know anything about us at CitiSpi you will know that we love Jodhpur Royal Dining.  This is a definite gem in the heart of Dubai. As a team we have all been here socially and recommended it to friends. 

The passion of Chef Pradeep and his team at the Roda Al Murooj is one of the reasons that people rave about this restaurant.  The service is impeccable and the food, amazing.  You can't understate it.  Each course is a surprise and delight.  The short beef rib melts as soon as you put it in your mouth.  Macaron chaat that at first look sweet but kick in with that almost liquorice bittersweet taste as you take your next bite.  The Raan Gosht is magnificent in every possible way.  The Goat leg is braised for over 8 hours in chipotle cream to bring out the best flavours. Chef brings spices from home and around the world and constantly seeks to improve his menu.

Even the drinks that come with dramatic dry ice flowing from them. You feel like anything is possible with the Chef.  It is an experience from beginning to end.   Have we mentioned dessert?  The deconstructed banoffe caramel pie has to be one of our favourite puddings in Dubai.  Yes we do love Jodhpur!  The price is an even bigger surprise.  A set menu is normally around AED250 per person which is surprise as it can be up to 10 courses.   You should try Jodhpur just for the experience whether it is a special occasion or simply a romantic date night.  Call 04 3559846 to book or find out what's new on the menu.


Rang Mahal

Found at the imposing towers of the JW Marriott Marquis, Rang Mahal is high end Indian at its best.  It is the creation of Atul Kochar who is one of the most critically acclaimed chefs in Britain for his take on modern Indian cuisine.  His Benares restaurant in London made him the second Indian restaurant to receive a Michelin star.  One of our team went here to celebrate their anniversary.

The food and experience is one of colour and flavour.  At the start you are asked to define your spice level so that it fits well with your palette. The staff give you a sense of consultation on what works well and doesn't which is great.   So to the food.  The signature dish is Meen Moilley.  A delicious pan seared sea bass in a tumeric and coconut curry.  It is sweet and savoury with the perfect balance of fish with potato.  A very moreish meal. The chef believes that a true Indian meal consists of cooking methods: curries – sauces, masala – semi-dry spices and bhuna – pan-toasted or roasted dishes. You are recommended to enjoy a selection of three preparations to get the most out of your meal.  He is right!   Slow simmered lamb in onion tomato masala, crushed fennel and black cardamom with biryiani rice all delicious.  The price was a surprise to us.  And somewhat surprising. There is a 6 course meal celebrating the joy of the Holi Festival of colours from the 12 March to 12 April for AED275.  This is amazing value for one of the most awarded and special Indian restaurants in Dubai.  Call 04 414 3000.  


Indian Summer

This gem is found in the middle of Karama behind bake mart and has ample public parking if you are driving from around Dubai. The decor is glamorous with cool fish tanks but we are more interested in the food. The service is always attentive even on a Friday which is impressive. It is busy and has a serene atmosphere in contrast to the busy market streets outside.

The staff always let you know what is best and normally hara bara kabab kadai palak and beg manchurian with roti basket doesn't fail. They also tell you if you are ordering too much food which we need!   If you read the hundreds of reviews on Indian Summer it is consistently fantastic with heaps of praise on both quantity of food, quality of food and service.  The prices are so reasonable and it would be great to bring guests here an authentic Indian meal.  It is also great for vegetarians with an extensive choice on the menu.  It is open from 11.30am to midnight and gets busy so make sure you book in advance. Call 04 396 1441 to book. 


Mint Leaf of London

Perched on the 15th floor of the Emirate Towers in the heart of DIFC, Mint Leaf Dubai offers a selection of authentic Indian cuisine with an innovative contemporary twist.  A subsidiary of Mint Leaf Group and London’s purveyors of fine Indian cuisine.  You get to relax in the impressive setting with the mesmerizing views of Downtown Dubai, with Burj Khalifa.  It is a a truly exceptional experience.  

Mint Leaf offers a fine dining restaurant, a bar and a lounge.  There's a Ladies Night and a brunch.  There is an open kitchen showcasing the dynamic culinary talent of the highly skilled chefs who keep busy preparing mouthwatering dishes, infused with contemporary elements whilst preserving the tradition of authentic Indian cuisine. 

Let's talk about brunch.  The à la carte menu at Mint Leaf of London offers you plenty to choose from for brunch over six courses. There’s also a strictly vegetarian menu. A starter of street food inspired dishes including chickpea salad and quinoa kebab, then a selection of all-meat Indian favourites like tandoori chicken, lahori boti and skewered lamb kebabs. Seafood fans get salmon cooked in a spicy marinade and grilled prawns bursting with flavour. And the curries. Choose from a light and creamy mushroom gravy, the traditional paneer tikka, tangy lamb bhoona, spicy chicken masala or the all-time favourite dal makhani. There’s also a live grill station at the venue offering a selection of classic Indian favourites crafted by a team of skilled culinary experts.

Head to The Lounge at Mint Leaf after brunch to keep the party going on and enjoy 50% off select beverages and 30% off on food from the lounge menu.   Call 04 706 0900 to book.

And there you have it!  Our Hidden Gems of Indian restaurants around Dubai.  When we were choosing our favourites there were many other Indian choices.  Indian theme nights at the Pullman DCCC, Naya at JBH is amazing and Amala too.  So much more but we have enjoyed these specifically and in many cases visited more than once.  With the choice in Dubai, we believe that this is a testament to the quality of food and restaurants we chose.  Let us know what you think?  Have you tried the Rang Mahal or Mint Leaf?  We would love to hear from you.  Is there one you would pick instead?  

Have a great week.


The CitiSpi Team