10 Best restaurants near you in Al Karama Dubai for desi food lovers

10 Best restaurants near you in Al Karama Dubai for desi food lovers

Famous for the iconic Burj Khalifa, Dubai also houses more than 2 million Indian tourists and ex-pats, and therefore, here you can find all the flavours from India. There are loads of dine-in restaurants in Dubai that offer authentic Indian cuisine.

Some of the popular Indian dishes include Butter Chicken, Palak Paneer, Garlic Naan, Dosa, etc. Most of the Indian restaurants focus on a particular region of India, north or south. You can find Indian foods from Malabar coastal region, Punjab, Chettinad, Lucknow, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Mumbai.

There are many kinds of Indian restaurants all over in the city, some of them are fine dining restaurants, which portray luxurious, royal Indian heritage, and others offering some of the best Indian food, without breaking the bank.

After a thorough survey in Al Karama, Dubai, and compiling all the popular comments like: “Good restaurants near me”, “Best restaurant near me”, “Best Indian food in Dubai”, “Best Punjabi food near me”, in this blog you will find all the major Indian restaurants, which were mentioned in the Survey.

1. Amritsr Restaurant

Opening hours: 24 hours

Location: Ground Floor, Al Attar Building, Beside Life Pharmacy, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, Al Karama, Dubai

Amritsr Restaurant is one of the best Indian restaurants in Dubai, and the only one that offers authentic Indian dishes from Amritsar, Punjab. With 20 years of experience in fine dining and outdoor catering, the restaurant offers gastronomical, authentic Indian food. Some of the popular dishes include Kulcha (a variant of Indian flatbread), Tikka (roasted pieces of meat or veggies), and desserts like Gulab Jamun. In terms of ambience, the restaurant stays true to its Punjabi roots and showcases attractive hints of the North Indian lifestyle with attractive graffiti and cutlery. Also, one of the best things about this place, is that it is open 24×7. So, effectively you can indulge in some of the best Indian food in Dubai, at any time of the day,  

What to eat: Amritsari Kulcha

Price: AED 120 for two people

2. Calicut Paragon

Opening hours: 7 am – 12:30 am

Location: Shop 5, Ground Floor, Al Sharooq Building, Opposite Karama Park, Al Karama, Dubai

South Indian cuisine is not so well-known in Dubai, as compared to the Northern counterpart. So, Calicut Paragon is a great chance to try something new. In terms of flavours, expect lots of coconuts, and spectacular fish. This place is a piece of history for every Kozhikodan, and every time you visit, the food is consistent and it is just like how you would have it at the original branch in Kerela. The must try’s include Malabari Biryani, Kanthari Fish, Appam & Chicken stew; Porata & mutton. The prices are also modest and won’t break the bank.

What to eat: Malabari Biryani, Kanthari Fish

Price: AED 120 for two people

3. Canara Restaurant

Opening hours: 12pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11:30pm

Location: Shop 1, Ground Floor, Al Rais Building 5, Opposite Iranian School, Al Karama, Dubai

This small Mangalorian family restaurant located in the heart of Karama will leave you with a gastronomical experience that you will remember for days. Their Fish Thali and Fish Curry are to die for, and above all, this place is very cheap in your pockets. Ambience wise, the restaurant is reminiscent of a local restaurant that you may find in Kerala.

What to eat: Neer Dosa, Fish Curry

Price: AED 85 for two people

4. Maharaja Bhog

Opening hours: 12pm – 3:30pm(lunch), 7pm – 11:30pm(dinner)

Location: Hamsah Building Block A, Behind Ansar Gallery, Zabeel Street, Al Karama, Dubai

Maharaja Bhog is one of the few Rajasthani inspired Indian restaurants in Karama. It offers a variety of authentic Indian Thali, which are served with a side of quintessential Indian hospitality. The restaurant has a small, vegetarian-friendly menu, and the food is made without any unnecessary frills. Dishes incorporate a balanced flavour which would be suitable for most people. Overall, Maharaja Bhog offers an authentic North Indian dining experience in the centre of Dubai.

What to eat: Thali, Kulfi, Aamras Puri, Palak Paneer

Price: AED 90 for two people

5. Paratha King

Opening hours: 8 am – 11 pm

Location: Shop 2, Ground Floor, Helal Madina Building, Al Karama, Dubai

If you are in search of a stuffed Parathas (stuffed flatbread), then Paratha King is hard to beat. Cheap and cheerful, this restaurant offers some of the tastiest veggie options in Dubai. You can choose from a number of Paranthas, which are served with a side of chickpea curry. The restaurant does lack in terms of ambience, as it has opted for a generic chic layout, but that won’t take away much from the overall dining experience.

What to eat: Parantha

Price: AED 40 for two people

6. Pind Da Dhaba

Opening hours: 12pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 12am

Location: Opposite Dubai Frame, Al Karama, Dubai

Pind Da Dhaba specializes in Punjabi cuisine, so expect lots of rich tandoori (roasted) chicken, delicious chickpea dishes and overtly sweet deserts. With vibrant, yet authentic Punjabi food and Dhaba-Esque ambience, the restaurant provides the feel of North Indian highways in Dubai.

What to eat: Chicken Shorba

Price: AED 120 for two people

7. Rasoi Ghar

Opening hours: 12pm – 3pm, 7pm – 11:30pm

Location: Zainal Mohebi Plaza, Al Karama, Dubai

Rasoi Ghar located at Al Karama, Dubai, is a vegetarian restaurant where you will be pampered with royal hospitality and authentic Rajasthani & Gujrati cuisine. Rasoi Ghar literally translates to ‘The Kitchen’ in Hindi. The restaurant specializes in vegetarian dishes and platters. One of the most striking features of this restaurant is its revolving menu, which changes each and every day of the year. So you will be greeted with something new on each of your visits.

What to eat: Aamras, Rajasthani Thali

Price: AED 90 for two people

8. Saravana Bhavan

Opening hours: 7:30 am – 11 pm

Location: Ground Floor, Abdul Aziz Mirza Building, Beside Karama Park, Al Karama, Dubai

Saravana Bhavan has its outlets all over the world and is undoubtedly one of the best places for vegetarian south Indian food in Dubai. This restaurant is always brimming with people, and you might have to wait in line to get a table. The service, however, is prompt and you won’t be left waiting for your order. Most of the dishes come with a variety of chutneys and Sambar (lentil soup). The food is simple and will please your taste buds, irrespective of which part of the world you belong to.

What to eat: Idli, Vada, Masala Dosa

Price: AED 70 for two people

9. Treat Restaurant

Opening hours: 11am – 3pm, 7pm – 11:30pm

Location: Ground Floor, Moubarak Building, Behind Bank of Baroda, Street 45 A Al Karama, Dubai

Famous for its Goan and Mangalorean food, seafood dominates at the Treat. The dishes revolve around variants of fish, prawn, and clams. Beef is also a popular item on the menu, but seafood is what you should stick to. The food stands true to its roots and will take you back to the beach shacks of Goa.

What to eat: Prawn Curry

Price: AED 70 for two people

10. Urban Tadka Restaurant

Opening hours: 8 am – 12:30 am

Location: Ground Floor, Al Falaknaz Building, Near Naresco Building, Al Karama

From people standing in lines for their turn of Pani-Puri, to cashier shouting to servers about the due amount, this is one of a kind restaurant in Dubai that is reminiscent of Indian street food stalls. You don’t really need to know what al the option are, visual cues will do the job just well, so follow the longest line and you will be greeted with flavours that will take you the streets of New Delhi.

What to eat: Chaat, Panipuri, Vada Pav

Price: AED 100 for two people


In conclusion, Dubai has numerous Indian restaurants and Indian foods that you can choose from. India is a vast nation and the food varies from state to state, so essentially, you might have to visit quite a few these restaurants to even scratch the surface of what authentic Indian cuisine is all about. Most Indian restaurants in Dubai, offer an option for delivery, but some of them are fine dining restaurants, so it is recommended that you dine-in, these restaurants take pride in their origin, and try their best to encapsulate the part of India they are serving on the plate.