UAE is home to a huge amount of people from South Asia. They came here looking for the chance to lead a better life and have been welcomed with open arms. In return, UAE has been exposed to the culture and beauty of South Asia. Today, we take a look at the diverse and rich South Asian cuisines! The best restaurants and how they make sure the culinary tales and offerings of South Asia are kept alive and thriving in the Emirates.
Explore the kitchen secrets of India at this amazing restaurant. Gazebo takes you through a varied, rich menu from the regions of Lucknow, Hyderabad, and the North West Frontier. They offer a popular selection of starters and kebabs, such as the vegetarian hara bara kebab but it's their dum biryanis which take the prize. Gazebo is a splendid dining place with gorgeous interiors, soft music, and subtle lighting. Do remember to book a reservation for things can get a little packed at peak hours. Refered as one of the best Indian restaurants across UAE – Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Ajman, it is effortless to find a Gazebo near you!
Location: Next to Kamat Restaurant, Kuwait Street, Bur Dubai
Ground Level, Next to E-Max, Abu Dhabi
Near E Max, Opp. Safeer Market Abu Shagara, Sharjah
A brilliant and simple family restaurant well known for its delectable Pakistani cuisine. The first thing you will notice here is the ethnic interiors with different seating areas including round seatings. They are well known for their handi which is not only delicious but has a different take compared to regular handi dishes. Go for their chicken handi which is by far the best handi you will find in town and go for the Malai boti along with a good refreshing drink of lassi to end the meal.
Location: Near Etisalat Business Center, Opposite ADNOC Petrol Station, Al Khan Street, Al Majaz 2, Al Majaz, Sharjah
Ground Level, Al Ghazal Mall, 2nd of December Street, Satwa, Dubai
First ever dedicated Momos joint, Yalla Momos is one of UAE's favourite haunts for warm and soothing Nepalese and Himalayan food. They have some incredible eating options and a range of 10 momos! From mutton momos, chicken momos and shrimp momos to cottage cheese momos and cheese mushroom momos, you will simply fall in love with them. The masala noodles over here is worth a try too. You might find the place a bit cramped but the taste compensates for it. A great place for a quick bite.
Location: 4 B Street, Al Karama, Bur Dubai, Behind Park Regis Kris kin Hotel – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Inspired by the silk route which was the hub of cultural interactions in ancient times; Ayubowan has made it their aim to introduce authentic Sri Lankan cuisine served in a modern, chic setting to the cosmopolitan crowd of Dubai. They have some interesting starters like polos cutlets and the famous Gotukola Soup which is often in demand. Go for their Godamba roti or coconut pittu which will show you how delicious Sri Lankan food can be. End your meal with Watalappam: coconut milk and jaggery custard pudding. You won't regret coming here.
Location: R2A, Lake Point Tower, Cluster N – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
The name Asha corresponds to legendary Indian playback singer, Asha Bhosle. Her influence can be seen everywhere in the restaurant, for instance, the menu carries her anecdotes and explanations about the food which are a warm touch and compliments the amazing decor of the restaurant. But, it's the super tasty food here which makes sure the restaurant is always packed! You will probably find the best kebabs here, juicy and tender cuts of meat grilled to perfection. The food is mainly from North India and won't disappoint. The prices may seem to appear on the higher side but, it's worth it!
Location: Pyramids, WAFI Mall – Oud Metha Rd – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
Asha's Yas Mall, 1st Floor, Town Square,Yas Island, Abu-Dhabi, UAE
Kabul Darbar has been in business for quite some time and offers a range of amazing and authentic Afghan dishes. The interiors are quite appealing and give a homely feeling. Recommended dishes include Afghani Pulav with Seekh Boti, Chopan Kebab and their dal is a must. The prices are economical, service is efficient and the food is tasty. A great place to have some Afghan cuisine.
Location: Khalid Bin Al Waleed Rd, Deira, Bur Dubai – Dubai – United Arab Emirates
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