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Top Indian Restaurants in Dubai

Chicken tikka
Credit: Flickr / Ramesh NG / CC BY-SA 2.0

The Indian restaurants in Dubai serve authentic Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. We have put together a few of them below, just as a guideline for you......

Ashiana

The restaurant at Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel and is well-known for its Indian cuisine. If you are not knowledgeable about Indian dishes, then you could try out taimuri shorba (lamb soup), gosht boti kebab (a grilled starter made up of mutton), Murg Ashiana (chicken rolled in a sauce of pepper and spices), murgh tikka (grilled chicken cooked in a curry paste),  and saffron rice as main corse. 
Opening Hours: Daily 7:30 PM to 11:30 PM; Friday Lunch 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Aangan

Aangan at Dhow Palace Hotel is an award-winning restaurant with its speciality of Indian cuisine. The food is just delicious and you really don't need much help in choosing from the menu as everything is as delicious. Tourists, flock the restaurant for its ambience which has a live band. Something that you should lay your hands on is tomato curry lamb shank and tandoori.
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00 PM  to 3.30 PM, Dinner 7.00 PM to 01.00 AM

Calicut Paragon

Part of the Paragon chain of restaurants from India, Calicut Paragon is an independent and inexpensive restaurant located on street side food bazaar of Karama Dubai. Serving Malabar specialities, non-vegetarian servings obviously form a major part of its menu. Fish curry (fish pieces cooked in South Indian spiced sauce) and chicken biryani (spicy chicken and rice dish cooked in layers which includes lots of raw spices) are its specialities. Accompaniments with the courses include chutneys, sauces, and curries. 
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday 11.30 AM to 4.30 PM, Friday 1.00 PM to 4.30 PM

Dakshin

Dakshin at Lotus Hotel helps you discover South Indian flavour with live classical music streaming in the background. Among favourites 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). Hardcore non-vegetarians could try out murg tikka masala and mutton biryani with kulcha.
Opening Hours:  Saturday to Thursday 12 AM to 3 PM, 7 PM to1 AM; Friday 11 AM to 4 PM, 7 PM to 1AM

Delhi Darbar

Delhi Darbar, Located on the Karama food street in the Deira district of Dubai, may not attract you for its interiors as is not " so called a posh restaurant", but the food is very delicious and aromatic. You could go with dishes like Palak Paneer, Chicken Tikka Masala and Malai Kofta.
Opening Hours: Saturday to Thursday 9 AM to 1.30 AM; Friday 9 AM to 11.00 AM, 1.30 PM to 12 midnight

Gazebo

Gazebo is a restaurant where you can enjoy some aromatic Indian culinary food. Located in the Bur Dubai region, it's Lucknowi and Hyderabadi curries attract you like a magnet with the achari gosht (lamb curry in sun-dried tomato sauce) is the all-time favourite. Other equally mouth-watering servings are Pudina Paneer tikka, Chana masala, and poppadums.
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00 PM to 3.15 PM, Dinner 7.00 pm to 11.45 pm

Indego

Grosvenor House Hotel is abode to the Indego restaurant with Chief Chef Vineet Bhatia doling up trademark Indian dishes for its guests. Vineet Bhatia is also the first Indian Chef to receive the Michelin star. The menu is not exactly traditionally Indian but a fusion twisted up with continental and European flare. So dishes like chocolate samosa dessert may sound a little odd but are worth trying. There is also the smoky salmon with dressings of honey, yoghurt and chilly.
Opening Hours: Sunday to Friday 7.30 PM to midnight; Thursday 7.30 PM to 1.00 AM

fish curry
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iZ

iZ is an expensive restaurant located in Grand Hyatt, Dubai. But the dishes served here will definitely make you forget the prices. With both vegan and non-vegetarian options available. The dish worth trying is prawn masala.  The tandoori dishes cooked at the live cooking stations.
Opening Hours: Lunch: 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM Daily
Dinner: 7:00 PM to 12:30 AM Daily (until 1:00 AM on Thursdays and Fridays)

Options
Indian Chef Sanjeev Kapoor of ‘Khana Khazana’ fame has his own chain of restaurants, one of which is in Dubai.  Traditional Indian cooking but tastes that linger and attract you back to the restaurant.
Opening Hours: 7 PM to 12 AM Daily

Zaika

Zaika is attached to Al Murooj Rotana Hotel and its friendly interiors and hospitable staff welcomes you to the world of North Indian cuisine. There are 3 private dining rooms having a capacity for 8 guests each and the restaurant is separated out on two floors. Every dish on its menu is worth a try but a special mention for dhania (coriander) murg and naan (Various types of rice also go well with curries).
Opening Hours:  Sunday to Thursday 12.00 PM to 3.00 PM and 7.00 PM to 11.30 PM,  Friday & Saturday: From 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM and 7.00 PM to 11.30 PM

3 comments

Camie Phillippi
I haven't a bad word to say about it I can only admire this magnificent article. It's very elementary!

Iesha Abboud
Nice read! I had been to some of these restaurants such as Gazebo but in City Centre Deira Mall. You missed to mention their Biryani, which is it is popular for. though i am not a huge fan of Biryani, my hubby likes it a lot, therefore whenever he craves he just takes us to Gazebo Restuarant at City Centre Deira Mall. Have to admit excellent Indian Biryani. it is located on level two of the mall and open from 10 AM to 12 Midnight.
Biplab Poddar
Thank you so much for sharing such an awesome blog. I am a big foody and I love Indian food. I look for different new restaurants to try new menus. Check out Zari Restaurant & Lounge at West Sussex, Crawley.

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