Hungry Tiger hits the mark in Al Barsha
I heard about Hungry Tiger on the grapevine, newly opened and on my doorstep I was eager to try it out. Earlier this week we placed an order for delivery, just one day after Hungry Tiger had opened its doors to the public. The delivery side of things turned out to be a disaster for whatever reason, poor communication skills mainly, but the food was outstandingly good. British Indian at its best, and last night I found out why …
Following the delivery fiasco, and after enjoying some fabulous food I felt I needed to call Hungry Tiger to inform them of my experience. Its early days for this outlet and I was sure that the owner would want to hear all feedback from customers, good and bad. Mr Ali was more than happy to listen to what I had to say and last night we found ourselves guests of Mr Ali as he shared with us his culinary life. A mild-mannered man who told me “I only know food, it’s all I can do”, explained that he left Bangladesh at the age of 9 to take up residence in the UK. His family at one time had 20 restaurants in the UK, and he even had friends who had set up an Indian Restaurant in South Shields (my home town), decades ago. The majority of Indian Restaurants that grace Ocean Road are in fact owned by Bangladeshi families, you can find out more about Bangladeshi curry houses via this link.
Hungry Tiger is a tiny outlet, basic decor with about 7 tables for those who plan to dine in. Having already enjoyed the fabulous onion bhaji I wasted no time re-ordering, the husband chose the chicken pakora. Before this arrived though we were served a fabulous platter of pickles/chutney with papadoms. Earlier in the week I enjoyed a fabulous butter chicken so last night I tried the chicken korma, a firm favourite of mine in the UK but I have never managed to find a good one here. Absolutely outstandingly good, rich and creamy with sweet almonds and it looked like a korma!! My husband likes it spicy and following an excellent chicken vindaloo previously, this evening he went for the chicken farl. Mr Ali was impressed at his heat tolerance The child as usual opted for the butter chicken and cleared her plate. Hungry Tiger has a fabulous menu to choose from, one of the only ones where I have seen tiger king prawn puree. The food is not only fantastic its great value for money, the onion bhaji are just 12 dhs with main courses averaging around the 40 dhs mark. I enjoyed it so much I am dragging my best man mate there again on Wednesday evening I would like to thank Mr Ali for his generous hospitality and wish him and his team all the luck of the tiger, I am sure he has a huge success on his hands.
Hungry Tiger is located in Al Barsha 1 in the Avari Apartments Building, not far from LuLu. The website is currently under construction but can be found here. For deliveries you can call them on either 04 385 1655 or 050 975 8600. You can also find them on Facebook. I have uploaded more photographs to my Facebook page, don’t forget to like the page