The stopover for some good Indian food.
We were invited for a tasting and decided to try the place for lunch.
A medium sized outlet tucked in the corner of the lane of the Persian Cluster in International City. It has beautiful touches of fengshui at each corner of the restaurant with wind chimes on the door, a waterfall showpiece near the counter, some DIY lamps and plant pots to add some greens. The dim lighting makes for a casual vibe.
You have all sorts of crowd who have the time to dine in from students, to employees, or people who come looking for some good Indian food too. It was nice to see such diverse customers.
For the desi crowd, you have bollywood music playing in the background while enjoying your meal.
Rating: 8 Golden Nuggets
1. Lemon Mint Cooler [AED 4]: A refreshing twist to our usual lemon mint. This one had jaljeera powder which is quite a famous spice added to any drink in India to make it not taste bland and this didn’t taste bland at all. Full points for getting the right taste.
2. Sweet Lassi [AED 4]: You cannot have Indian food without some good lassi not being a part of it. So this was the perfect drink to complement the meal. It was thick and sweet just the way we like it.
1. Honey Chili Potatoes [AED 15]: A definite winner from the start of our entire meal so much so that we wanted to end our meal with this dish as well. A spicy tangy sauce base in which fried potatoes have been added which were super soft. This dish is a must try for any appetizer lover as this definitely makes you hungry for more!
2. Vegetable Platter [AED 27]: A fascinating platter offering us the one thing all Indians love- SPICE! Consisting of fried wild mushrooms, potato cubes, onions and paneer perfectly marinated in spices and cooked. The hara bhara kebab was perfectly cooked and the right texture, paneer being a bit undercooked, rest all being so good that we were willing to let it pass but nevertheless, this is a vegetarian paradise to begin your meal with.
3. Chicken Platter [AED 30]: A platter with three different types of flavor. These included chicken tikka, malai chicken and hariyali chicken. The chicken tikka and hariyali chicken was perfectly marinated and cooked. The meat was juicy, and glided through the knife. The hariyali chicken was on point with the spice scale and a recommended dish for all the spicy foodies out there. The malai chicken was a bit overcooked though making it tough to break. Overall, the platter was great on the taste.
4. Greek Salad [AED 10]: We were initially not expecting a green salad as a starter but this dish was so damn good that we emptied the bowl in a matter of minutes. Tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, lettuce drenched in olive oil, this ended up filling up half our tummies.
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1. Paneer Butter Masala [AED 19]: Sure winner in the mains, this dish was more of a melt in your mouth and we wished we weren’t too full, so as to enjoy more of this delicacy. Small cottage cheese chunks in a tomato and butter gravy topped with cheese went really well with the Garlic naan we were served.
2. Dal Bhukara [AED 16]: This being our first time to try this dish, we weren’t much too impressed by it. We found it quite similar to a regular dal makhani and was a tad bit too bland.
3. Butter Chicken [AED 20]: We were so in love with this one. The chicken was cooked beautifully and the gravy was just divine. It was really creamy and smooth. It tasted delicious when paired with the garlic naan that was ordered separately.
4. Naans [AED 4]: For our choice of assorted breads and tandoor naan, we chose to go with the garlic one being our favorite and the butter naan. Unfortunately by the time we got the naan, they were quite dry, hard and we barely found the taste of garlic and had quite a lot of butter smeared on.
5. Vegetable Schezwan Noodles [AED 14]: Yummy and delicious these Indo-chinese noodles are a must to try while you’re here. They were vibrant in colour and had a lovely spicy taste. It would do well when paired with any side/gravy of your choice or even by itself as a main.
1. Gulab Jamun with ice-cream [AED 9]: Our first dessert we dug into and quite an interesting combination, we found the vanilla ice cream quite pleasing and delicious but the gulab jamun tasted more like cake with sugary syrup than what usually we get in a regular jamun, hence being a bit of let down for us.
2. Kitkat Smoothie [AED 15]: A sweet thick shake to end our meal with, we felt this way too thick to enjoy. This definitely was the perfect kitkat flavor shake, maybe a little less thicker and it’s a heavenly drink to end your meal with.
We had the branch manager Mr. Ajit attending to us! He made sure we had a great experience and that we definitely did. All the staff are friendly!
It is quite reasonable and completely justified for the quality of food being offered. Definitely works for those who have a budgeted wallet!
We’ll surely be back to enjoy more servings of honey chili potatoes and paneer butter masala!