It’s National Curry week in the UK ….
To celebrate this week of curry eating I thought I would take a look at the British Indian Restaurants that we have here in Dubai. Over recent months I have been visiting as many Restaurants as possible who claim to serve British style curry. British expats love their curry, it is as topical a subject as who serves the best fish n chips, I will get round to that one day
I am going to start off with MAHEC at Le Meridien Dubai, they don’t claim to prepare British style Indian curry but describe it as Modern Authentic Hindustani Evolved Cuisine, and seeing as British Indian food is evolved then I am adding it to this review. Dining here is a more luxurious experience and the restaurant is licensed.
Next one in the queue of British Indian restaurants that have opened in the last year is Flames Grill, Tom and his team have had an outstanding first year. The menu is a comprehensive one and not only does it have some favourite British Indian dishes, there are some great Kenyan ones too and a good selection of kebabs.
Two recent new openings are Hungry Tiger in Al Barsha, run by the nearly famous Mr Ali who likes to spend his time ringing GA when Coronation Street is on! Great little place in the heart of Al Barsha. I will admit to a few teething issues but they are being ironed out and I am pretty sure Mr Ali will be celebrating his first anniversary next year. If Hungry Tiger isn’t enough of a new opening, September was the opening month for Bunny’s Tandoori, a delightful British Indian in Jumeirah Lake Towers, run by a father and son team who have over 40 years dining experience. I loved Bunny’s especially their 70′s style prawn cocktail. Brick Lane has been in Al Barsha 1 now for nearly 5 years, another firm favourite amongst my readers.
Zafran at Mirdiff City Centre and Marina Mall gets a thumbs up from me. I prefer Marina Mall as the outside terrace in the winter months is just fabulous. The man behind the menu is two starred Michelin Award Winning Chef; Atul Kocchar. However since opening Rang Mahal at The Marriot Marquis he has stood down from his role with Zafran. Fabulous Indian food with a British twist.
Finally some outlets that I didn’t visit for various reasons, British Tandoori in Toyota Building at Defence Roundabout, they only offer a delivery/take-away service. However I have a friend who has ordered from them for years. Brit Balti up at International City, again they don’t do dine in and I rarely write a review on delivery only outfits. One delivery service who we have used for years that I did write about is The Curry Box, they can be found in Discovery Gardens and down at Business Bay. The Rupee Room in the Marina deserves a mention, a popular outlet that we have visited many times, however it is a bit pricey!! I am guessing I will be in trouble if I don’t give The Kebab Shop a shout out too, they do a wicked butter chicken which is a keen favourite of my daughter. My review for The Kebab Shop is one of the most read on my website.
Maybe we should have a National Curry week here in the UAE? it’s been running in the UK since 1998 and has raised a lot of money for local food related charities. Who’s in? For more information about National Curry Week check this link. If you have enjoyed this round-up, don’t forget to like my Facebook page and sign up for my newsletter