Akbar's Indian Restaurant: "Indian food on Al Rigga Road" Dubai Restaurant Tip by SWFC_Fan

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  Akbar's Indian Restaurant, Al Rigga Road
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      Akbar's Indian Restaurant, Al Rigga Road
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      Akbar's Indian Restaurant interior
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      Akbar's Indian Restaurant interior
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      Masala Papad at Akbar's
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I ate at Akbar's Indian Restaurant one lunchtime during my visit to Dubai in December 2006.

This small Indian restaurant is located midway along Al Rigga Road in the Deira region of the city. Apparently, there is also another branch on Sheikh Zayed Road.

The intimate dining area has the feel of some sort of Indian palace. The decor consists of lots of arches, with some intricate tiled patterns on the walls and water cascading down one of the walls.

My first impression of the restaurant wasn't great - as the waiter passed me a menu and opened it, a small cockroach-like bug fell out and ran along the floor. The waiter stamped on it. These things happen in the cleanest of restaurants, so no point in dwelling on it.

The menu consists of a large selection of Indian breads (roti, nan, garlic nan, butter nan, kulcha nan, tandoori roti....) and a reasonable selection of curries. You can choose from mild, hot or very hot curries containing either chicken, lamb, fish or prawns. Alas, my first choice, prawn curry, was not available on the day that I visited due to a lack of prawns!

The restaurant offers a good selection of vegetarian dishes, from vegetable curry to gobi aloo and a selection of eggplant, potato and lentil based dishes.

Favorite Dish: I opted for:

Masala Papad - Cost: 5 AED

I didn't know what this was when I ordered it, but it turned out to be a large poppadum topped with onions, chillis, tomato and coriander and served with a selection of dips and sauces.

Chicken biryani - Cost: 28 AED

A mixture of rice and chicken pieces served in a dish and topped with a layer of dough. When it was served, it looked like a pie. The waiter cut a hole in the dough topping to reveal the main part of the dish. It was served hot and the chicken was pretty good quality, but it was a little bland. In hindsight, I should have ordered something with a tasty sauce.

Butter nan - Cost: 3 AED

A large, extremely well cooked nan bread - cooked to the extent that it was mainly black!

Pista Kulfi - Cost: 12 AED

A small dish of homemade ice cream. A very creamy ice cream with pistachio nuts in.

2 cans of Pepsi - Cost: 3 AED per can

Decent quality food, reasonable choice and friendly staff. An impressive range of vegetarian options.

Address: Al Rigga Road, Deira
Comparison: about average
Directions: I ate at the Al Rigga Road branch in Deira. There is also apparently a branch on Sheikh Zayed Road.
othercontact: 04 3211800 (Sheikh Zayed Rd)
Phone: 04 2288789 (Al Rigga Rd)
Price: US$11-20
Rating: 3
Theme: Indian

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Dec 28, 2006
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