Had heard about Madurai Restaurant from a friend who used to work in Abu Dhabi.
Passed by it this time when in Abu Dhabi, unfortunately lunch was almost sold out, so couldn’t taste their fare.
It’s a small restaurant located behind Yateem Optician on Hamdan Street. Heard from my friend that the food was quite good, chettinad and tamil variety – both vegetarian and non-vegetarian.
During a visit to a relative’s house in Sharjah, was treated to Chennai Biriyani. Being a flavoured rice lover, my taste buds loved it! Learnt that Chennai Biriyani had a restaurant in Dubai…so googled them and found their menu cards featured on AtnInfo.com…cool!
AtnInfo.com has implemented a scanned restaurant menu cards database on a large scale, what I similarly had tried on a small scale in 2006 on KaramaStuff.com, UseUae.com and recently here on UaeTamil.com (screen shot from their website).
Do visit them to access a comprehensive database of scanned restaurant menus in Dubai.
Discovered Bheemas Restaurant’s new location by chance. They were previously located on Kuwait Street, Karama next to Snow White, when you go towards the Karama Post Office from Karama Centre. Then they vanished from my radar.
They are now located in a much smaller location but doing bigger business! They are located inside a shopping complex on the side of Karama Park, opposite Lulu Centre…the side near the roundabout, going towards Saravana Bhavan restaurant.
Aryaas Restaurant, I think first started out in Karama in 2006. A good place for vegetarian south Indian fare. In 2011, they have started a upmarket branch opposite Bur Juman mall in the Bank Street (Khalid Bin Waleed street). In this Bur Dubai branch, I love the Ragi Dosas and Wheat Dosas..healthy bites! In the Karama branch, they had bajra rotis…healthier options are now creeping into restaurant menus – a good sign!
I could only find their old menu…will put up a newer version if I get one.
When Ponnusamy restaurant had a Karama branch, we had been there a few times. But in 2009, they had relocated to Qusais. Finally, dropped in there and had a taste of their spicy tamizh cuisine!
Their Nandu soup (crab soup) served piping hot was quite delicious and soothed my sore throat (there seems to be some kind of of a cold flu circulating – could be because of the transition to summer). Starters were “Chicken Lollipop” – kid’s favourite…can rate it as a good!
We had ordered Kal dosai (thick dosas), parathas and chapatis to go with the naatu kozhi kozhambu (country chicken curry) – excellent… and finished off with ‘naatu kozhi’ biryani…all were quite good!
Here is their home delivery menu (there are 6 page you can view as a slide show below it a larger version of the pages to browse through):
Though not a completely Tamil restaurant I think, they manage to keep their chili levels lower and thus appeal to a cosmopolitan crowd. Their aapams are heavenly….and you will find that one is not enough! I heard that they have opened a branch in Chennai now.
Reproducing their latest menu below:
Vasantam Hotel has an attached vegetarian restaurant with staple Tamil / south Indian cuisine. Their hotel rooms are decently priced.
They seem to have started in Dubai in the year 2000, according to their About Us page on their website (http://www.thevasantabhavan.com/About.html)
Reproducing their menu card below only for reference (it’s quite an old one that I found today while rummaging through some old papers). Click on the images to enlarge:
Authentic Tamil ethnic including Chettinad non-vegetarian cuisine. Spicy and tasty fare.
Sangeetha Restaurant, personally to me, provides fantastic quality south Indian food. Their Chettinad Mini Tiffin is quite exemplary. Even the normal menu when served has got a brightness about it:)
A small cosy place tucked away in one end of old Karama. One thing that was quite good about their menu was that they had taken diet and health conscious customers into consideration.
Their wheat and ragi dosas are one example.
The other is the “Satthu Unavu” (health food) – it’s a meal package consisting of 2 Sukka Rotis (Non-0ily chapatis-Indian bread) served with a Dal (lentils curry) with less oil, salt and spices..along with a veg and fruit salad.
Tried the food there, the first time yesterday. Loved the Wheat Dosas and the Sathu Unavu meal (refer menu).
The other regular fare which my family had tried out (and I tasted them too) were quite good:
- Channa Batura (Big Puri – deep fried Indian bread served with Channa – chickpeas curry)
- Kothu Paratha (or porotta as pronounced in Tamil:) – Scrambled paratha – another form of Indian bread – fried with vegetables),
- Ghee Roast Dosa
- Fried Idlis.