September 21, 2022

20 Best Indian Cuisines In the UAE

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Visiting the UAE and in mood of eating some tasty Biriyani and refreshing lassi?

The United Arab Emirates is an enchanting land located in the far land of southeast end Arabian Peninsula. And Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the crown assets of the United Arab Emirates. It grew from the beginning as a small Gulf trading center to one of the world’s most expensive and glamorous visiting cities. The UAE has embarked itself with shopping sprees and beach lover.

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From spicy curry to crispy dosa, the UAE has a wide array of Indian restaurants that would make your taste buds happy. But where in the UAE you be hunting the best of Indian cuisines? Don’t you worry! 

Below we have listed the 20 best Indian cuisines in the UAE with their opening and closing timing, cuisine types, location, contact number and cost per two people.  

Namak

Namak is the key ingredient of Indian foods, as it gives the perfect taste to it. So does this cuisine, Namak gives you the perfect tasty Indian food in a foreign land. The Namak restaurant is by the famous Indian MasterChef judge and celebrity Chef Kunal Kapoor in Abu Dhabi. He is the ambassador of Indian Cuisines. As the owner, the food served here is also a masterpiece of its crafty, delicious and fine dining experience. The flavours of Indian dishes, bold plating and unique gourmet style make the food even tastier. Resting from chat to Haleem kebab, you can taste them all. They have different sets of menus, which makes you t choose even more easily. Good Luck with choosing!  

Opening Times: 12:30 pm to 3:00 pm (Lunch: Saturday to Thursday) and 7:00 pm-11:30 pm every day 

CuisineType: Indian cuisines  

Location: 925 Sultan Bin Zayed the First St, Dusit Thani, Abu Dhabi 

Average Price for Two: AED 400 (or INR 8,036.87) 

 Contact Number02 698 8137 

Tamba

Nothing can beat the taste of Tamba when it comes to fine Indian dinners! Taste once and you cannot forget it ever. It brings the local tastes with a twist, to the UAE from all the way from India. Starting from the quintessential Chicken 60 to normal bhaji, Tamba has got all covered. There is plenty of food with sizzling flavour waiting to be served.   

Opening Times: 1 am till midnight every day  

Cuisine Type: All Indian foods  

Location:  World Trade Centre, Abu Dhabi  

Average Price for Two: AED 375 (or INR 7,534.56) 

Contact Number: 02 418 2437 

Punjab Grill

Masterpiece dishes, top-notch service and a soothing welcome you will receive, the instant you step inside the doors of 1 of the classiest Indian Restaurant in the United Arab Emirates’ capital, The Punjab Grill. Be it the dazzling interior setting, or the romantic outdoor ambience; the restaurant is suited to both family get-togethers and intimate candlelight dinners. Speaking of design, it is rested amidst Renaissance styled structures and azure-coloured waters, the nestled setting of this incredible restaurant will remind you of the first European era.  They have specially designed the menu to satisfy the taste buds of all Indian foodies. From Salmon Tikka and Karavali Lobster to Paneer Multani, all the dishes are equally relishing and stuffed with surprises. Vegans even have gluten-free options to create your mind au fait from. The panoramic scenery outside the restaurant and thus the colourful atmosphere will cause you to need to come back and back, over and over again.  

Opening Times: 12:30 pm till midnight every day 

Cuisine Type: Traditional North Indian and Punjabi cuisines 

Location: Venetian Village, The Ritz-Carlton Grand Canal, near Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre 

Average Price for Two: AED 210 (or INR 4,219.36) 

Contact Number: +971 2 449 9839 

Barbecue Nation

Who doesn’t love to have a barbecue with Indian tastes in a foreign country? Well, now you can! India’s most popular buffet experience is now available in the UAE. Barbecue Nation comprises the best of Indian cuisines in one bucket and serves the tasty food limitlessly. Beginning with Mutton chaps to the most famous Hyderabadi Dum Biriyani, there are so much of Indian dishes here. Remember to check out the live Kata Kat counters and mouth-watering kulfis. Visit there to have an unlimited supply of tasty barbecue.  

Opening Times:  12 PM- 12:30 AM  

Cuisine Type: Indian style   

Location:  Dalma Mall, Al Wahda Mall 

Average Price for Two: Buffet starts from AED 69 (or INR 1,386.36) 

Contact Number: 056 534 7555 

Asha’s Restaurant

Asha’s restaurant is named after the melodious singer Asha Bhonsle, this Indian restaurant in the capital also aims to win the hearts of the many with its meticulous culinary skills. The bustling crowd and bright interiors promise a contented dining experience. Located within the premise of Yas Island’s renowned shopping destination, this place is true for grabbing a fast bite while shopping or hosting a festive feast. Cocktail lovers get special choices. The menu is stuffed with exquisite dishes from Northern and Western India, each having a singular flavour of its own. Vegetarians will get fascinated by the fashionable touch given to even contemporary dishes like Dal Makhani, while chicken lovers won’t stop licking their fingers after tasting Murgh Malai Kebabs. 

Opening Times: 12:30 pm-3:30 pm and 7:00 pm-12:00 am 

Cuisine Type: North and West Indian cuisines 

Location: 1st Floor of Yas Mall, Town Square, Yas Island 

Average Price for Two: AED 275 (or INR 5,525.35)  

Contact Number: +971 2 492 6680  

Pepper Mill

Named after the master spice “Pepper”, Pepper Mill is an Indian cuisine in Abu Dhabi known for serving all-time classical dishes of Indian food with a contemporary twist. From street foods like chaat platters to traditional foods like Murgh Kebabs are presented here in an Indian style. You can also get heavenly desserts, mocktails and shorbas just like the royal members with their amazing combination decoration of modern and contemporary styles. This restaurant aims to bring the best elements of Indian and Colonial recipes to invent novel dishes. Do you wish to have Dabba style of eating? Then, your wish is granted! One of the premium options of this restaurant is to serve the meal full of curries and bhaja, like a Dabba style. Special arrangements are made for party hosting and festivities.  

Opening Times: 11:00 am-11:00 pm (Friday to Wednesday), 11:00 am-11:30 pm on Thursdays 

Cuisine Type: Indian and Mughlai cuisines 

Location: 2nd extension, Al Wahda Mall, Al Wahda  

Average Price for Two: AED 250 (or INR 5,023.04) 

Contact Number: 02 441 3582 

Indigo

Indigo, amongst all the Indian Restaurants in United Arab Emirates’s capital city, the foremost charmingly located one is the Indian Fusion restaurant of Indigo colours. The bustling crowds of the town make it a jolly place to dine. Overlooking the turquoise waters of the bay, this restaurant is situated on Beach Rotana and is in close proximity to the city Mall also. Massive brown ceramic vases lined the doorway lobby and soft curtains draped on the walls provide a royal aura to the resort. The menu is stuffed with tastes from everywhere in India, ranging from the road chaat to their special Sikandari Raan (roasted baby lamb’s leg).  

Opening Times: 12.30 pm – 03.30 pm and 06.30 pm – 11.30 pm 

Cuisine Type: North Indian cuisines 

Location: Ground floor, Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area (Al Zahiyah) 

Average Price for Two: AED 300 (or INR 6,027.65) 

Contact Number: +971 2 697 9011 

By The Biryani

Missing Hyderabadi dum biriyani? Or got an appetite for biryani during your UAE visit? But don’t worry now! You can eat dum biriyani even outside of India with the exact taste and flavour. Located in Abu Dhabi, By The Biriyani has a menu full of biryani styles. From the Amritsari and Chettinad biriyani to Kashmiri dum biriyani, this place allows biriyani lovers to come and eat their favourite biriyani.  

Opening Times:  11:00 AM- 11:30 PM  

Cuisine Type: Biriyani specialist   

Location:  Al Wahda  

Average Price for Two: AED 80 (or INR 1607.37) 

Contact Number: 050 106 4095 

Lazeez Restaurant

Lazeez Restaurant is nestling within the busy lane of Hamdan Street is that the alluring food destination is just lazeez. Vibrant-hued walls are filled with modest paintings painted in the scene of the interiors. Pleased with its Mughlai cuisine, this restaurant contains a myriad of options which cause you to need many minutes to make a call about what you’d like. Delicate chandeliers will cause you to stare in awe. With chefs that never fail to surprise and prompt service, you’ll surely please your appetite without the necessity to loosen your purse strings.  

Opening Times: 12:00 pm-12:00 am (Saturday to Thursday), 1:00 pm-12:30 am (Fridays) 

Cuisine Type: Indian, Mughlai and Chinese cuisine 

Location: Behind E-Max theatre near National Cinema block, Hamdan Street, Al Markaziya 

Average Price for Two: AED 120 (or INR 2,411.06)  

Contact Number: +971 4 333 3980 

Mynt

Nothing tastes as tasty as Mughlai dishes. How about having hot naan and tasty chicken Mughlai? Sounds romantic, isn’t it? This restaurant plays with spices and flavour, giving a new taste to the meats. No no, you got me wrong, it is not a non-veg hotel, rather than it has vegetarian dishes and tons of seafood dishes. Be it tandoori or paneer, you won’t be disappointed.   

Opening Times:  12 PM- 12:30 AM  

Cuisine Type: Indian and Mughlai cuisine   

Location:  Tourist Club Area, Al Zahiya  

Average Price for Two: AED 180 (or INR 3,616.59) 

Contact Number: 02 666 6400 

Flavours of India

Flavor’s of India actually has the flavours of a wide-ranging list of dishes from India. The tranquil ambience of this restaurant is kind of different from the hustle and bustle of the town surrounding it. It has been literally trying to accommodate all the unique flavour’s from Indian gourmet. Orange coloured interior with heavy curtains and tiled walls, look right out of a Rajasthani scene. The Amritsari mutton and Paneer Tikka Masala will surely take you to heaven with their mouth-watering taste. And oh, there’s a cute little aquarium within the middle. You may be able to also try Chinese and continental dishes for a tiny low amount of variety in your meal. 

Opening Times: 10:00 am-12:00 am every day 

Cuisine Type: Indian, Chinese and Continental cuisine 

Location: Khaldiya-Zayed The First St, M1 Golden Curtain Building, Near New Etisalat-Darat Al Miah.  

Average Price for Two: AED 100 (or INR 2,009.22)  

Contact Number: +971 2 626 6505 

Via Delhi

Delhiites in Dhabi with kebab roll and momos, indeed a perfect combination! Not only Delhi people, you too can enjoy delicious food in Abu Dhabi. Via Delhi is a one in all Indian dining experience bringing all the flavours and nostalgia feelings! Size being compact, the wooden interior of this restaurant gives a cosy homely feel vibe. Be it street-styled roll or royal dishes, Via Delhi has covered it all. Not only that, you can get midnight snacks like yummiee gharwali Maggi.  All the courses have the authentic flavours of North India. With humble staff to cater for your needs and soothing music in the background will calm you down. Vegans will have an amazing time with all the delightful dishes.   

Opening Times:  9 AM- 11 PM  

Cuisine Type:  North Indian and Chinese cuisines  

Location:  Zayed the First Street, Behind Chappan Bhog, Najda, Abu Dhabi  

Average Price for Two: AED 100 (or INR 2,009.22) 

Contact Number: 02 671 0522  

India Palace Restaurant

India Palace Restaurant, true to its name, this Restaurant justifies its name of being a Palace. As soon as you enter this Restaurant, its ambience will provide you with the best way of Royalty. The within is perfect with all the lighting is ideal then is that the cuisine “Just Perfect”. Non-vegetarians will love this place. The Restaurant serves a spread of dishes from Indian to Asian and is also vegetarian-friendly. And if you’re a chai fan then don’t miss out on their ‘Karak Chai’. If you’re a foodie then this can be often the simplest place for you to serve your taste buds some good quality Indian food without worrying about your wallet.  

Opening Times: 12:00 pm – 11:30 pm every day 

Cuisine Type: Indian and Asian cuisines 

Location: Nearby GGICO Metro Station in the Sheikh Rashid Road, Al Garhoud 

Average Price for Two: AED 180 (or INR 3,616.59) 

Contact Number: +971 2 644 8777 

Pakwaan Foods

Hyderabad is known as the food hub of India. Similarly, Pakwaan Foods is the Indian food hub of Abu Dhabi. It brings the taste of India’s Nizami kitchens to the UAE. It presents Hyderabadi styled Nihari Paya, Haleem and other daily dishes like Dakhan, and Pakwaan. It makes us remember why Hyderabadi cuisine is more famous than just biriyani. To your surprise, you can eat this delicious dish at a very affordable rate.   

Opening Times:  7:30 AM- 12:30 AM  

Cuisine Type: Hyderabadi cuisine  

Location:  Al Markaziya  

Average Price for Two: AED 60 (or INR 1,205.53) 

Contact Number: 02 666 1446 

Calicut Notebook Restaurant

Calicut Notebook Restaurant is famous for specializing in tempting delicacies from Kerala. Calicut Notebook restaurant is the right spot for those seeking authentic Malabari cuisine. The simplistic interior is sweet for hosting family get-togethers. Appam, Fish Mango Curry, Chicken Fry, filet Kanthari Tawa. You name the dish, which they have it here. Then the cherry on the highest is that the way they serve is aesthetically on large banana leaves with little bowls filled with sambar and coconut chutney on the side.  

Opening Times: 11:00 am-11:00 pm every day 

Cuisine Type: South Indian cuisine 

Location: Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, Madinat Zayed 

Average Price for Two: AED 90 (or INR 1,808.30)  

Contact Number: +971 4 354 9166 

Angar

Craving spicy and tangy tastes of Indian dishes? Then, Angar is a must to have stopped. Set in the upscale Yas Island, this Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi, gives Indian food a contemporary and global touch. It gives the fine dining experience by serving the finest Tandoori dishes and other traditional items, along with refreshing lassis and other beverages. Has an incredible assortment of naans to gravies, curries and quinoa Pani Puri. Yes, they did have a quinoa Pani puri with an incredible taste and unforgettable delicious look. Non-vegetarians and seafood lovers will have a tasty time over there. The interior of this restaurant has a lively atmosphere or it has an option of seating under the stars while waiters serve your relishing meal. This hotel is definitely worth your money.   

Opening Times: 7:00 pm-11:00 pm (Tuesday to Sunday), 2:00 pm-11:00 pm (Fridays) 

Cuisine Type: Indian cuisines 

Location: Yas Hotel, Yas Island 

Average Price for Two: AED 200-350 (or INR 4,018.43 – 7,032.26) 

Contact Number: 02 656 0000  

Angar

Ushna won the award for “Best Indian Restaurant”, four times in a row and lot of other accolades. Earthen lamps hang the wrong way up from designer fall ceilings and glow up the insides of Ushna restaurant. And while you sip your cocktail, you’ll be able to look outside and luxuriate in the view of the town lights. The aroma of fresh spices fills your nostrils while you order from a menu stuffed with eclectic recipes. If you pay a visit to the current place, do not forget to do out Butter Chicken and Biryani. Situated in Souk Madinat next to the magnificent architecture of Sheikh Zayed Mosque, the placement of this Indian restaurant offers alluring vistas of town life.  

Opening Times: 12:00 pm-12:00 am 

Cuisine Type: Indian and Mughlai Cuisines 

Location: Al Maqtaa, Bain Al Jessrain, Ground Floor, Souk Qaryat Al Beri  

Average Price for Two: AED 350 (or INR 7,032.26) 

Contact Number: +971 2 559 9747 

Moti Mahal Delux Restaurant

Moti Mahal Delux Restaurant was established in Delhi during the British decree India; this Restaurant serves its purpose of catering to Indian cookery incessantly since 1920 without British sway in its cuisine. Now talking about food, the Restaurant is legendary for its non-vegetarian food as they’re specialists in Mughlai dishes. Sprawled across the world, it’s one amongst its franchises located within the suburbia of the United Arab Emirates’s capital. The ambience here is excessively detailed and decorated. Vegetarians don’t have to be hesitant in opting for this Restaurant as they are doing provide many appetizing veg foods. a number of the highlights of the vegetarian meal are Paneer do Pyaaza, Paneer Tikka, Khasta Roti etc. 

Opening Times: 11:30 am-11:30 pm 

Cuisine Type: Indian, Asian and Halal cuisines 

Location: Madinat Zayed, Behind Salam Street 

Average Price for Two: AED 100 (or INR 2,009.22)  

Contact Number+971 2 674 2121 

Rangoli

Vibrant decorations, sweet and tangy aroma, cosy vibes – that’s Rangoli for you. With a bunch full of Indian delicacies, sounds incredibly favourable. A modest yet classic restaurant is what you will find s you walk through the doors of Rangoli. It is located on the Yas Island of Abu Dhabi, where you can get enchanting views of the clear skies of Abu Dhabi as you sit in the serene atmosphere of the restaurant.   Rangoli makes Indian food grandeur ever grander! The menu is filled with tasty starters, delightful vegetarian and non-vegetarian items and magical beverages. It brings in delicacies all the way from India to colour your tastebuds with the best Indian flavour in Abu Dhabi. There is also a fine wine collection for a romantic date. It has option for both North and south India, from tandooris to kebabs and tikkas.  

Opening Times: 6:00 pm – 12:00 am every day and 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm brunch on Fridays 

Cuisine Type: North and South Indian cuisines  

Location: Yas Island Rotana, Yas Marina 

Average Price for Two: Brunch starts at AED 208+ Tax (or INR 4,179.17) 

Contact Number02 656 4155 

Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant

You can head straight to Saravanaa Bhavan Restaurant, to eat the leading South Indian gourmet such as dosa and idli. Piquant delicacies from all corners of India are prepared with extreme love and served together with a refreshing cup of tea or filter coffee to make a splendid meal. Being situated in an exceedingly popular place of business as Madinat Zayed sees heavy crowds during meal hours, the spacious interior accommodates all. And as you anticipate your dish to arrive, the sweet aroma of ghee and masalas working their magic within the kitchen will attract you would like a magnet towards them. When at Saravanaa Bhavan, a dosa could even be a requirement. 

Opening Times: 8:00 am-11:30 pm every day 

Cuisine Type: Indian and Chinese cuisines 

Location: Second floor Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre, 
Shop No.18 

Average Price for Two: AED 60 (or INR 1,205.53)  

Contact Number: +971 2 632 3885