Excellent Indian food and value for money in Abu Dhabi 8 Reviews
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We know that living in a city like Abu Dhabi means everyone already has their own favourite regular hangout where you enjoy a great Indian meal. You possibly even frequent it once a week. So why would you change your regular hangout? Because there is a new kid on the block that is well worth checking out.
We’ve already raved about De Thali’s sister restaurant Tanjara, which is a delightful Moroccan and Lebanese restaurant tucked away on the second floor of the Madinat Zayed Shopping Centre. De Thali sits right next door and the two restaurants share a kitchen.
The décor at De Thali is cute and exciting. The restaurant is mostly decorated in brown and cream tones with a touch of yellow, and the furniture is modern and funky. De Thali’s concept is to blend food from the streets and homes in India into a more contemporary setting. They also feature cool street art on the walls which reflects this concept nicely. Thali is the Hindi word for ‘plate’ and they promise to only use fresh produce and to cook with pure ghee and foods free of trans-fats.
The menu is quite small but there are some great options to choose from. To start we ordered the dahi poori, puffed pastry filled with spices and potatoes and topped off with yoghurt. This was delicious, the puff pastry was crisp and the filling was very tasty indeed. We also tried the chicken tikka kathi roll, which was essentially a wrap. This also hit the spot, the chicken breast was succulent, the salad and yoghurt were fresh and the bread was nice and light and not too doughy.
For mains we chose the nawabi mutton korma. This was the standout dish of the evening and it’s the most expensive item on the menu (for the bargain price of Dhs24). Delicious pieces of char-grilled lamb are covered in the most divine korma sauce that is rich and full of flavour. This was such a great dish and we highly recommend it. Next was the chicken mughali, which was tender chicken pieces covered in a mildly spiced sauce with cashew nuts. This too was a very good dish and something different to try rather that just ordering your old favourites. The dish is inspired by the food of Central Asia and came to India during the rule of the famous Mughal dynasty.
To finish off we had the gulab jamun which was the perfect end to the meal. Sweet dumplings served with sugar syrup sat beautifully on the plate until we quickly devoured them. Service is excellent and don’t be put off by the fact that this is in a mall. It’s a lovely little spot to sit and enjoy a great curry.
The bill (for two)
Dahi poori Dhs8
Chicken tikka kathi roll Dhs12
Nawabi mutton korma Dhs24
Chicken mughali Dhs18
Gulab jamun Dhs6
Total (excluding service) Dhs73
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