If you love South-Indian food then take your pick of tangy and spicy flavours of South India at Dubai’s longstanding favourite restaurant – Saravanaa Bhavan.Try the authentic Dosas (rice flour flatbreads) and Idlis (savoury rice flour cakes) served in a canteen style ambience. Being originally from Chennai in South India, this international chain has many branches across Dubai due to its inexpensive, fussfree delicious meals. Of course, they also offer a range of other North Indian-style vegetarian dishes and traditional sweets.
If you love ‘thali’ style of dining then Rasoi Ghar at Bur Dubai is your go-to place for sure. Try the unlimited starters, a thali-style main course and a fantastic array of desserts when you dine here. Rasoi Ghar takes great pride in bringing eclectic dishes from Gujarat and Rajasthan with prix fixe (fixed price) menu that changes daily.
Don’t miss specialties including Gatte ki subzi (gram flour dumplings in a spicy sauce), Dal baati churma (fried dough balls crumbled into lentils) and Mango shrikhand (flavoured, sweetened yoghurt).
A great meal within your budget in Bur Dubai is a guarantee at Rangoli in Meena Bazaar, colloquially known as Little India. What’s truly unique is that Rangoli continues to serve an unlimited vegetarian thali for just AED25 per person.
The thali can be re-filled with a colourful selection of curries including yellow dal, chickpea curry and potato stir-fry. Try their freshly-made bread and definitely opt for spicy snack chaat items.
North Indian thali (platter) with amazing lip-smacking range of chutneys, vegetables, breads, rice and curries are a big hit at Maharaja Bhog for many years now in Dubai.
The delicious menu using traditional cooking methods and generations-old recipes is a long-standing favourite. Spend your family bonding moments amidst warm ambience. Must try sumptuous puris (crispy deep-fried bread) and an array of delicious desserts.
Vegetarian and organic, this stylish Frenchowned organic cafe and boutique – Comptoir 102 extends veg bites, sugar-free juices and dairyfree smoothies.Try the breakfast menu with chia seed pudding with almond milk, coconut water, dates and orange blossom. Lunch options of all-green salad of fennel, avocado, walnuts, argan oil and sunflower seeds can power you through your day of city sight-seeing.
Wild & the Moon
For a trendy, earthy setting replete with indoor greenery and natural wood furniture, head to Wild & the Moon located in the heart of Dubai’s Art District – Alserkal Avenue in Al Quoz. This urban retreat offering pure, nutritious plant-based food offers creative cafe special salads, guilt-free desserts and cleverly blended cold-pressed juices. Incidentally, Wild & the Moon started out in Paris as a detox juice brand and has evolved its offerings with much panache.
Sattvic food with a divine taste is what Govinda’s can offer to you in Dubai with high quality ingredients that are healthy and also very tasty. It takes much pride in being one of very few sattvic food restaurants in Dubai and practices Ayurvedic food cooking style (without garlic and ginger). You must try their wide range of Indian specialties along with a vegetarian twist on some Chinese and Italian dishes. The menu includes a good selection of diet-conscious food, including low-calorie, high-protein, vegan, gluten-free, and even oil-free options.
Originally from Mumbai, Quattro Ristorante in Bur Dubai specialises in Italian and Mexican cuisine using molecular gastronomy techniques, seasonal ingredients and creative flair to offer a menu. Don’t miss specialties including Spiced queso (fresh Mexican cheese) and a deconstructed Minestrone soup with infusions of Green tea.