Delicious Indian dishes in an Instagrammable setting…

Foodies, if you love your meals with a variety of flavours, spices and textures – a trip to Bombay Borough at DIFC Gate Village 3 should shoot right to the top of your must-visit list. 

The eclectic menu at the Indian bar and eatery has dishes from all over India – from Amritsar in the North West all the way to South India bringing together rare flavours all in one location.

Spread over two floors, diners can enjoy the delicious experience immersed in a welcoming Indo-chic ambience, inspired by a fusion of the modern French and British-era old bungalows of India.

Choose to sit indoors and enjoy the plush vibrant teal sofas, gorgeous chandeliers, cherry blossom trees, paintings and other knick-knacks or you can also sit outdoors if you want to enjoy the cool Dubai weather. 

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Choosing to sit indoors as we wanted to savour the drinks off the vast and impressive drinks menu, our fantastic server, Patrick recommended the Madras pop – a white rum with a ginger and curry leaf concoction. Served in a glass canteen along with peanuts, the drink was not only Instagrammable, but we knew instantly why it was recommended as the drink was absolutely refreshing and enticing.

Likewise, my dining partner opted for the Memsaab (a title for a woman in a position of authority) pink gin which was equally praised.

To start our dining experience, Patrick brought over an assorted range of papads (a thin, crisp, round flatbread from India) with a range of homemade and chutneys (Dhs33) which we thoroughly enjoyed as the night progressed.

Next, we opted for the fiery thecha prawns (Dhs75) which seafood lovers will relish. The prawns come coated in green chilli chutney and peanuts and sliced through like butter and paired with the crunchy peanuts offered up a harmonious texture and flavour profile. 

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Already very impressed, we waited eagerly for our mains. We opted for a Bombay Borough special – a traditional Goan ambotik (meaning tangy and hot) masala gravy with prawns with delicious coconut rice (Dhs95). The sweet rice was served up in a traditional banana leaf and paired well with the curry instantly teleporting us to a beach in the southwestern coast of India. And might we add, with a big smile on our face.

And of course, no experience in an Indian restaurant is complete without trying the chicken tikka butter masala (Dhs58) with piping hot butter naan. The succulent chicken melted in our mouths and we had to resist the urge to order in more butter naans to polish off the gravy bowl.

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For desserts, we narrowed our choices down to a Bombay Borough special – Anglo-Indian bread pudding (Dhs50) served with tasty vanilla custard and the dark chocolate bar (Dhs50). The bread pudding was served hot to the table and was just what we needed on a cold Dubai winter night. The star, however, was the gooey dark chocolate bar served with jaggery crumble, cream, fruits and an ice-cream. It tasted great as solo elements but when paired together as one big bite offered up a variety yet, delicious balance of textures and flavours.  

With so many more dishes on both the food and drinks menu we want to try, there’s no doubt that we will be making reservations at this spot again.

Bombay Borough, Gate Village 3, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai, open daily 12pm to 1am. Tel: (0)4 327 1555. @bombayborough_uae

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