Modern Indian restaurants in Dubai

Dubai is home to numerous Indian restaurants, from fine dining venues by Michelin-star chefs to family-friendly eateries, as well as hidden gems in the heart of Old Dubai. Recently, the city has seen a clutch of new-age restaurants emerge that have taken traditional Indian cuisine and given it a 21st century makeover. Here’s where to go to experience a taste of new Indian dining in Dubai.

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Masti

Creativity abounds

Masti

Creativity abounds

Beachside bites that pack a punch

Taking pride of place along the shorelines of La Mer, where it boasts spectacular views of Burj Khalifa and the glittering skyline, Masti has been hailed as one of the city's best restaurants for 2019.

With a fresh, global take on traditional Indian cuisine, a meal here always surprises thanks to fabulous fusion flavours. Some of the menu's more creative creations include edamame chaat, slow-cooked lamb croquettes elevated with Kashmiri spices, pulled tandoori chicken baos, 'new style' biryanis and more. 
La Mer, Jumeirah
+971 800 62784
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Mint Leaf of London

Culinary artistry

Mint Leaf of London

Culinary artistry

Refined classics with memorable views

This London export has its roots deep in authentic Indian flavour, but with a contemporary twist. Located in the swanky financial district (with killer views of Burj Khalifa), Mint Leaf serves up an exhaustive menu of North Indian favourites.

Try the zaffrani malai tikka (chicken breast cooked to perfection with saffron and cashewnuts) or the sunehre jheenge (roasted jumbo tiger prawns seasoned with garlic and turmeric). For vegetarian options, feast on the Bombay potatoes or sambhar-spice chatpati subzi (vegetables with a tangy South Indian kick).
Emirates Financial Towers, DIFC 
+971 4 706 0900
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Indego by Vineet

Indian infusion

Indego by Vineet

Indian infusion

Signature flavours in a delightful setting

One of the grand dames of Dubai’s Indian restaurants, this Michelin-star chef-helmed venue still offers one of the city’s most novel dining experiences, in an elegantly themed setting. London-based celebrity chef Vineet Bhatia cleverly infuses the Indian palate profile with international influences (like Parmesan chicken tikka) while showcasing lesser-known regional specialties alongside popular tandoori dishes in his menu.

If you're a fan of Bhatia's inventive take on Indian cuisine, you'll also want to check out Indya by Vineet at Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa. The menu marries the best of the East and West for an experimental, tantalising twist. Standout dishes include the 'KFC' - Kerala Fried Chicken, berry pulao rice, and chicken popcorn with black pepper and jaggery.
Indego by Vineet, Grosvenor House Dubai, Al Sufouh Road
+971 4 317 6000

Indya by Vineet, Le Royal Meridien Beach Resort & Spa, Dubai Marina
+971 4 316 5550
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Tresind

Culinary theatre

Tresind

Culinary theatre

Calling all adventurous foodies

This avant-garde restaurant pioneered the pairing of molecular gastronomy with Indian cuisine when it first opened in 2014. Tresind is still earning accolades for its truly inventive approach to traditional, regional flavours and stylish, contemporary design. Expect lots of liquid nitrogen and trolley action, with many of the dishes being assembled or finished table-side. The highly interactive experience feels almost like a chemistry lesson… but a delicious one. For special occasions, book the chef's table experience at Trèsind Studio.

You'll also want to make a reservation at Carnival by Tresind, conceived by the same executive chef, Himanshu Saini. This DIFC venue offers a slightly less formal and more playful take on Indian dining – in both the décor and the food itself. Molecular gastronomy techniques and culinary theatre are still heavily at play here, with the menu focused on reimagining nostalgic flavours.
Tresind, VOCO Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 308 0440

Carnival by Tresind, Burj Daman, DIFC
+971 4 421 8665
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Farzi Café

Unconventional presentation

Farzi Café

Unconventional presentation

A family favourite that never fails to impress

This Dubai outpost of a popular Mumbai eatery has been serving a full house ever since it opened. Showcasing excellent experimental Indian cuisine (lamb shawarma biryani, or rasmalai tres leches, anyone?) in a quirky, casual setting and with unconventional presentation, Farzi Café hits all the right notes. It may be a café by name, and yes, it’s open for (a very delicious) breakfast, but the culinary creativity and presentation are on par with any fine dining restaurant.

Farzi Café is spearheaded by Zorawar Kalra, who was mentored by his father, the late great Jiggs Kalra, fondly referred to as the 'czar of Indian cuisine'. His legacy lives on in Dubai thanks to the Masala Library by Jigga Kalra restaurant at JW Marriott Marquis. Trust us, you can't go wrong with the signature 12-course tasting menu, which also offers inspiring vegetarian options.


Farzi Cafe, City Walk 2, Building 5, Al Safa Street
+971 4 394 2556

Masala Library by Jiggs Kalra, JW Marriott Marquis, Sheikh Zayed Road
+971 4 414 3000
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SpiceKlub

Home-style vegetarian

SpiceKlub

Home-style vegetarian

Enjoy delicious nostalgic dishes, done right

Another Mumbai import, this Bur Dubai restaurant takes humble Indian street food classics and everyday home-style vegetarian dishes and elevates them with distinctly modern flourishes. Think vada pav (a potato patty sandwich) served fondue-style, and Indian ice cream made with liquid nitrogen.

The colourful Indian-accented interiors of the restaurant provide a warm, welcoming and dynamic atmosphere. It's a great choice for when you're looking for a laidback dining experience that doesn't compromise on quality.
Kuwait Street, Mankhool
+971 4 393 1233
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