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Ravi's: Indian Food in Dubai

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December 9, 2014 / Indian / By
Anna

I have lived and travelled in Asia and the Middle East for more than twenty years. I love the food, but my interior ecology has suffered at times due to food choices I have made. It is not the spices, rather it is the cleanliness of some establishments. Some members of my family do not share my squeamishness – they are all men.

In fact, my older son has developed the theory that left to their own devices, men would not survive long. He and the tall guy (TTG) will eat anything from the fridge without a glance at the use by date. There have been consequences. My younger son ended up on a drip in a Dubai hospital because he had ignored the advice of his wife, and their Indian hosts, and eaten street food. He was on route from a wedding in India to a wedding to Italy when illness struck; not his wedding, luckily.

He has become a little more cautious, so when he invited me to join a small party of expats at an Indian restaurant in Satwa, an area of Dubai that is not part of the inflight promotions on Emirate’s flights, I agreed but with concerns.

We parked in the mosque car park and headed down a street packed with people and cars until we came to Ravi Restaurant. It is actually quite large inside with special seating areas for ladies and families as is the traditional way here. But we, like all the expats, chose to sit outside on the side of the road with the cars and buses going by. It was fine as the road is too small for fast traffic so the noise level was minimal.

The menu is simple with a lot of dhal and vegetable dishes, several types of naan bread and a couple of meat dishes. The man beside me had an untouched plate of mutton chops in front of him. I think it was a wise choice. Also, one of our party was a vegetarian so we ordered several types of dhal, a vegetable stew, butter naan, potato naan and tandoori chicken. This last dish was not on the menu. From the attitude of the waiter, it was clear that customers are expected to know what might or might not be available and make their order accordingly. He offered little help but was grudgingly encouraging of our efforts to go off piste as far as ordering was concerned.

All the dishes were very good. The chicken was a little dry and probably shared that with the mutton chops still lying uneaten on the plate at the next table. The dhal and vegetables were great, as was the potato naan, but it was extremely filling. I was surprised when one very thin woman amongst us took the last piece home for the next day’s breakfast. So judgmental of me to assume that thin women don’t really eat.

A good time was had by all. The evening’s entertainment turned out to be a near brawl between two rather fierce women both of whom believed they had dibs on our table as we got up to leave. The waiter had no idea what to do, and we did not stick around for the final round.

So a filling meal and a stage show on the side of the road for AED25 ($US6.80) per person: well worth it.

Ravi (Satwa)

Country: United Arab Emirates

Province/State: Dubayy

City: Satwa

Address: Al Satwa Road, near Al Dhiyafah Street

Zip/Post Code: N/A

Location Tips: Near the Satwa Roundabout

Phone: N/A

Website:N/A

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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