Dubai is a melting pot of culture and cuisine. This is mostly thanks to its enormous and diverse expat community. In the heart of the UAE, you’ll find everything from tiny Italian eateries to bumping Vietnamese spots. However, of all the international cuisine Dubai has to offer, Indian is what it does best, thanks to a huge Indian community in the city. Take your pick from any of these restaurants for the best Indian food in Dubai.
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Have a few bites of South India in the heart of the UAE at Calicut Paragon Restaurant. Their menu has a large variety, but seafood and vegetarian fares are what they do best. Take your pick from a fresh sea dish or a veggie bite packed with flavour.
Fancy beachside eating? Enjoy a delicious Indian meal at Bombay Bungalow on Jumeirah. Their interior sings an old tune of the East and its location just can’t be beat. Enjoy some curry and take in the ambience.
At Mohalla they bring Indian street food to the table with classics. “Mohalla” which translates to “my community” is exactly what it sounds like. Mohalla is a place where people gather to enjoy deliciously flavourful Indian dishes in a warm setting. In short, dining at Mohalla feels like dining with your neighbours.
Located in the City Walk by Meraas, Farzi cafe is ideally placed and perfect for dinner or lunch. Order a full portion or several small plates to make a DIY feast of tasty Indian food. Here the food is innovative while still being steeped in tradition. They bring modern twists to Indian food while still preserving the same authentic flavours.
Rasoi Ghar takes the cake for best Indian vegetarian food in Dubai. Take your pick from any of their delicious vegetarian dishes that are as tasty as they are healthy. Be sure to order lots of their fresh bread, too.
Boho is a favourite among tourists and locals alike for its genuinely friendly atmosphere and delicious bites. Take your pick from any of their extensive options of Indian dishes and enjoy a wonderful meal at Boho. Their curry is to die for.
Are you needing to get your fix on chaat? Head to Chaat Bazaar Karama for the best in Dubai. Perfectly crisped and available in any flavour you prefer. Take it spicy, savoury or even sweet.
The ambience, attentive staff and slow authentic Indian food are what makes this place come alive. Nobody pieces together flavour quite like Gharana. You’ll find delicacies here that hail from all different regions of the sub-continent. In addition to incredible food and atmosphere, they have live performances on occasion.
If you are craving a home-style Indian meal, head to Paratha King. Their entire menu is incredible, but they are famous for their parathas. Their Parathas, or stuffed flatbread, is best enjoyed as a vegetarian dish.
Head over to this Indian staple for their delicious chatpata dishes. Their chatpata plates are equally sour, spicy and sweet making for a tasty and unforgettable meal. Even better? It’s family-run and has been serving delicious bites since ’77.
Enjoy a hearty vegetarian feast at Maharaja Bhog in the Hamsah Mall. They marry delicious vegetarian cuisine with robust Indian flavours making it a crowd favourite. Be sure to order their veg curry.
Urban Tadka gets all of your Indian faves right with expert cooks and creative twists. Be sure to try their kulfi before you leave. It’s perfectly creamy, sweet and will definitely call you back for seconds!
Cosy, rustic and local this Indian favourite is a must when in Dubai. Whether you’re looking for a good meal with family and friends or dining solo, your tastebuds are sure to thank you! Don’t leave without a bite of their corn palak.
As the name, suggests, The Curry Lane is known for its rich curries. This vegetarian restaurant celebrates all of the delicious flavours found in traditional curry. Order a big bowl and chow down on any of their street food sides.
Treat yourself to an Indian feast at Kathiyawadi Express Thali. Every dish is as mouthwatering as the last ad the atmosphere just can’t be matched. Here you’ll enjoy quality Indian fare served fast without skimping on flavour.
Right off 16th Street in the heart of Karama you’ll find Bheemas. Known for their incredible authentic flavours, it’s a favourite among tourists and locals alike. Try any one of their delicious South Indian dishes for an unforgettable meal.
Simple, traditional and known for its uniquely robust flavours, Ravi’s is a Dubai favourite. Known as something of a pilgrimage for foodies, they serve up the absolute best Pakistani and Indian food in the city. Take your pick from any of their authentic dishes and get ready for a real treat.
Humble, homey and sweet are just a few words to describe Kulcha King. A Dubai born Indian native had a dream of bringing his grandparent’s authentic dishes and hospitality to Dubai. And that’s exactly what he’s done with Kulcha King.
Head over to Amritsr for a variety of all of your Indian favourites. They boast a large variety of veg and non-veg dishes hailing from North India. You can’t go wrong with any of their menu items, but we recommend the aloo kulcha to start.
Treat yourself to a hearty vegetarian feast at Rasoi Ghar. They take thali to a new level with a massive variety of dishes to make your platter. At Rasoi Ghar they stick with all the authentic flavours in vegetarian South-Indian cuisine.
Jay’s eatery grew from a small startup into a bustling local Indian joint and rightfully so. This vegetarian favourite serves some of the best Indian fares in the city and is famous for their perfectly soft and warm bread.
Go on a journey through South Indian, North Indian and Indo-Chinese cuisine at Kailash Parbat Restaurant. Known for their delicious Indian foods and speedy service, the place is always packed. Chaat is what they do best so be sure to order a few.
Take your pick from any of Pure Pujabi’s many veg and non-veg options at this Dubai Indian staple. This small and cosy eatery is perfet for lunch or dinner and is constantly wowing guests with their delicious sarson saag-makki roti.
Hip, trendy and boho are a few words to describe this stylish Indian joint. Popular among tourists and locals alike, they are known for an innovative approach to Indian food. You’ll find that they stick to traditional flavours but provide a modern twist making for a unique and tasty meal.
Allow yourself to be transported straight to Bangalore at this local favourite. Their dosa is out of this world and the service can’t be beat. Be sure to order the Bhavan style dosa and puri bhaji.