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Three places to enjoy great Indian Thali in Dubai



Brrrr, UAE residents! It is winter time and it no secret that cold weather can increase your appetite. It is also time to indulge in a Thali, the Indian version of a multi-dish meal or a readymade buffet in one plate.

Tourists from India, a predominant segment of people visiting the UAE, also prefer to opt for a fulfilling Thali for lunch or dinner. With the stomach sorted, there can be much more time for sightseeing at your convenience.

While there are many options in different price ranges, from the modest to premium, we have chosen three of the best-rated ones in varied locations:

MyGovinda’s Thali Festival

Known for its holistic and healthy vegetarian food in the UAE, MyGovinda’s is all set to host a Thali festival at all their outlets, serving the best regional dishes from the end of January through to March.

At MyGovinda’s, Thali is the ultimate Indian legacy meal. It’s vibrant, wholesome, and fulfilling! Available daily from 12 Noon until 11 pm, each Thali features more than 10 items, from starters to mains and desserts, including a mouth-watering selection of Maharashtran, Gujarati, Sindhi, Punjabi, and Rajasthani cuisine.

MyGovinda’s has always aimed to produce vegan and vegetarian-friendly dishes that are tastefully curated, elevating vegetarian cuisine to a level that can satisfy any dietary preference. With the use of hand-picked herbs, spices, the freshest vegetables, and dairy products, the chefs at MyGovinda’s use their exceptional skills to prepare the finest and the healthiest vegetarian and vegan food that will leave you asking for more with every bite.

  • Locations: Arjan, Silicon Oasis, Jumeirah Lake Towers & Karama
  • Date: 30 January – 5   March, 2023
  • Cost:
  • Monday – Thursday
  • AED 32 – JLT & Arjan; AED 38 – DSO & Karama
  • Friday – Sunday (Friday – Rajasthani Thali / Saturday to Sunday – MyGovindas Special Thali)
  • AED 34 – JLT & Arjan; AED 40 – DSO & Karama


Maharaja Bhog

Experience a premium Thali experience when you head from Bur Dubai to Karama, taking a right after Ansar Gallery where, ensconced in a corner is Maharaja Bhog.

This restaurant has been operational for over a decade and is very popular for its wide variety of tasty Indian dishes. There is a minor photo-op for your Instagram page also if you fancy sitting on a big regal-looking chair.

For 35, you can enjoy two steamed and fried appetizers each, four Punjabi-style vegetarian dishes, eight chapatis (Indian flat bread), dal, rice, two desserts, salad, papadums, pickle and masala chaas. You can also opt for a small Thali portion that costs Dh25.

To those looking for a minor kick with fusion, there are various flavour enhancers such as the smokey chaas (buttermilk) and Zaffran tea.

  • Location: Ground Level, A Block, Hamsah Mall Next to Ansar Gallery – Al Karama – Dubai, UAE
  • Reservations: Required
  • Price Range: AED 90 for two people


Bombay Bunglow

The Indian restaurant with a twist, is making waves for its irresistibly piquant Thalis and taking Dubai’s food scene by storm. Perfect for both vegetarians and meat lovers, there is an eclectic variety of choices and savory flavours for all palettes.

Available from 12 pm until 4 pm on weekdays only, Bombay Bungalow’s veg Thali includes their signature subz handi, dal, hara bhara kebab, jeera pulao, roti, raita, and masala chaas, along with a dessert. Their smashing hit non-veg Thali is tantalising and irresistible in equal measure with a royal spread containing smooth and creamy butter chicken and savory chicken tikka, served with jeera pulao, roti, and more.

But nothing beats their Tawa King Fish Fry Thali with its zesty and tangy, pop-in-the-mouth flavours, and fish that’s cooked to crispy perfection. It is served with a variety of palatable chutneys, luscious curries, and refreshingly good Indian sauces. Its other well-loved fish Thali contains sherry fish and is served piping hot with delicious curry and aromatic rice.

A gorgeous setting across Ain Dubai and Bluewaters Island, and the picture-perfect, Instagram-worthy interiors ooze endless amounts of charm.

  • Time: 12 Noon- 4 PM
  • When: Weekdays only (Mon-Fri)
  • Contact- 044270758
  • Address: The Beach Mall, JBR
  • Price range: 250 for two people

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Dive into coffee intelligence at The Brew Crew in Dubai




Dubai, UAE – Coffee enthusiasts in Dubai have a new haven for exploring the realm of Coffee Intelligence (CI) at The Brew Crew, a recently opened café located in Dubai Investment Park (DIP) 2. While Artificial Intelligence (AI) grabs headlines, it’s Coffee Intelligence that’s capturing the essence of coffee appreciation for aficionados.

The Brew Crew, welcoming coffee lovers since September 2023, goes beyond simply brewing a good cup of coffee. Founded by Ashjeet Talwar, this coffee haven offers a unique experience of understanding the intricate aspects of coffee, ranging from sourcing and roasting to brewing and pouring.

Importing and roasting a diverse range of specialty coffees from various corners of the world, The Brew Crew boasts over 30 artisanal beverages. Ashjeet, the founder, shared the vision, stating, “We believe in knowledge sharing, and there’s nothing better than a coffee connoisseur immersing themselves in the world of coffee beans.”

The café aims to be a space for both coffee lovers and the coffee-curious. Upon entering, visitors are treated to a complimentary crash course by the in-house baristas. The sprawling 6,650 square feet area is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, including a temperature and humidity-controlled setup, featuring a Brew Bar, a Roasting Training Campus, and a Green Coffee Storage.

At The Brew Crew, patrons can select coffee beans primarily from Brazil, Ethiopia, and Malawi. Notable recommendations include their Signature Ceremonial Matcha Latte, the Artisan Brew Iced V60, or the Coffee on Tap Nitro Original and Cold Brew.


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For those eager to replicate the experience at home, guests can purchase ethically sourced beans and receive valuable tips from the team on proper storage to maintain the coffee’s flavor. Ghanu, Head of Beverages at The Brew Crew, emphasized their commitment to educating guests on various factors influencing coffee flavors.

In the near future, The Brew Crew plans to partner with delivery platforms across Dubai. However, for now, coffee enthusiasts are invited to dine in and immerse themselves in the vibrant and visually appealing ambiance, adorned with captivating graffiti.

Moreover, The Brew Crew intends to enhance coffee literacy by hosting a series of lectures, talks, and workshops. The aim is to further instill a love for coffee and enrich the coffee culture across Dubai.

Stay tuned for more updates as The Brew Crew redefines the coffee experience in Dubai.

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British Gastro pub The Stables making a comeback



It is summer time in the UK and couple of notches higher in the UAE, and so bubbly-lovers can look forward to spending some great time indoors when the popular British gastro pub The Stables opens its doors again in Dubai on July 9 after a remarkable transformation.

Combining contemporary gastronomy with traditional pub culture, The Stables promised a renewed exquisite culinary experience as it tries to reclaim its status as a cherished local establishment on the UAE dining and entertainment scene.

The Stables will reopen its doors on July 9 across the Sheikh Zayed Road from Dubai World Trade Centre. Supplied

The team behind the relaunch has strived to create a welcoming ambience where locals and visitors alike can savour exquisite dishes, sample finely crafted beverages, and bask in the welcoming atmosphere. Led by executive chef David Ceagle, the kitchen presents an eclectic fusion of traditional British fare with international influences. From mouth-watering gastro classics to inventive vegetarian and vegan creations, each dish showcases a harmonious marriage of flavours, locally sourced ingredients and meticulous attention to detail.

The Stables boasts a beverage menu curated to satisfy even the most discerning palates. A variety of great concoctions for cocktails and a mixology of spirits and beverages pay homage to the pub’s rich heritage. Live music performances ranging from retro and progressive rock to jazz, saxophone, and percussion, as well as a blend of modern and classic tunes will provide the perfect background music score.

The interior decor includes more contemporary design elements with the pub’s rustic allure. The Stables boasts a warm and inviting ambience with comfortable seating to ensure guests feel at ease.

The Stables will officially open its doors to the public on July 9, 2023. For more information, please visit The Stables website or follow them on social media @TheStablesDubai

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Go down Dhaba Lane for deliciously simple Indian cuisine in JLT



Add one more Indian cuisine restaurant to your must-try list. Dhaba Lane, a popular name for North
Indian food lovers in the Karama-Bur Dubai belt has hopped on to the other side of the city – swanky
Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT).

In the last few years, JLT, Marina and its neighbourhoods have welcomed a number of South Asian
outlets, most of which have originated in old Dubai. But that’s all the more reason to cheer since fans of Indian or Pakistani food now don’t have to trudge to a Karama or Deira for their fill of good kebabs or butter chicken.

And that brings us to the home-grown Dhaba Lane, a restaurant founded by entrepreneur Eti Bhasin,
that, true to its name, pays homage to the famed Dhaba cuisine in India in its interiors and menu.

Thus you are welcomed by an eclectic décor, comprising vibrant art on the walls by talented artist Snehita, colourful ceiling draping and cushions, chunky and quirky jewellery pieces paced artfully, the ubiquitous truck facade and bright lights. The detailing spill over to the presentation too, as seen in the dahi chaat which was interestingly served in an umbrella like bowl and the daal makhni served in a faux “well”. Both score high on the taste too!

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The menu has been designed by award-winning chef Harangad Singh who has stuck to the tried-and-
tested and much-loved flavours sans any weird experimentation that have come to define Indian food in Dubai. However, some dishes deserve a special mention.

The mushroom galauti kebab hits the ball out of the stadium! Mildly spiced with a true melt-in-the-mouth consistency (just the way galautis are supposed to be!), this vegetarian version of what is essentially a meat delicacy, deserves full marks for innovation and execution. A trip to Dhaba Lane is worth it just for this one dish alone.


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By comparison, the dahi kebabs, an eternal Delhi favourite, seemed a bit tame. A misstep from the otherwise great starters and drinks list, was the pani puri with guava spiced water, which didn’t work for us!

For the main course, all the palate-pleasers in the traditional flavours like Tandoori Murgh, Kadai Paneer, Martban Ke Chole, Murgh Masala Maarke and a range of paneer curries tempted the taste buts along with an array of desserts. The Ras Malai stood out!

In other words, Dhaba Lane has everything that a Punjabi food fanatic loves, so for New Dubai residents, here’s another comfort restaurant to go to (or order from), when the pangs of home food hit hard.

PS: if you are in the mood for something different, try their ‘Bahubali Bhature’. A 1-feet long and round Bhatura is paired with Chickpea Curry aka Chole and other condiments for Dh35. Order now!

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