Social Rasoi.. Thali with a twist !!!!!

There are numerous restaurants in Dubai to try out Indian food, especially in the Karama/Bur Dubai area. Restaurants in Dubai do not leave any stone unturned to stand out from the rest of the crowd. One such restaurant in the heart of Karama Food Street is Rasoi Ghar.

Rasoi Ghar offers a multitude of dishes focusing on Kathiyawadi, Gujarati and Rajasthani food. They have a creative take on the regular thali. It would satisfy your home-made food cravings. Having visited the restaurant a couple of times with friends and family, I can assure you anyone who visits this newly-opened venture will be in for a treat.

The warm service beings as soon as you enter the restaurant,with a dark brown tone making the reception area quite cozy.

The receptionist is at hand with a smile to show you your table. Once seated the whole process, perfected to the minutest detail starts. 

You are welcomed with a refreshing drink and then explained the menu. A unique way was offered to wash your hands at the table side with water. Once one of the captains leave table side, your appetizer platter comes onto the table, filled with scrumptious food – moong Kichu, green peas ghugra & dal dholki (a Gujarati favorite of mine). Assistants are always on hand to refill your empty plate. The appetizers were presented on a beautiful wooden platter with small bowls

A shining unique shaped thali is then brought to your table, with precisely 8 bowls. Here is where you get overwhelmed with all the different kinds of curries they will fill your plate with. On the day of my visit they had paneer kofta curry, bikaneri tamatar, batata valor and moong dahiwala. Additionally we were served with 3 kinds of dal & kadi – Marwadi dal, Gujarati Kadi and Gujarati Kadi. I enjoyed the finger-licking paneer curry and the bikaneri tamatar. Having a mixed heritage of Gujarati & Rajasthan, this is the food I have grown up eating back home.

All these curries were accompanied with piping-hot phulkas, rotla (another Gujarati favorite) and palak puri. The phulka was topped with desi ghee, and the rotla with ghee and jaggary (gud). The servers kept on refilling until we had to ask them to stop. Who can resist freshly prepared phulkas coming to your plate, constantly being refilled?

The whole event wasn’t finished yet. We had to try the rice offerings, and boy we weren’t disappointed. Having stuffed up on the phulkas and the rotlas, we chose to get a plate of Khichadi and Puao each. The Khichadi was like my grandmother used to make, not too dry, not to watery and it went well with the sweet Gujarati kadi, which was served hot by the server 

Indians wouldn’t like to end their meal without sweets, and that’s exactly how our meal ended at Rasoi Ghar. Freshly prepared Fruit Shrikhand & Makkai Halwa. The shrikhand was a bit too sweet for my liking and the server immediately changed it to a Gulab Jamun, which was not even on the menu. Thumbs up to them! After all this food, we wanted to head straight to bed, we couldn’t get off our seats.

Rasoi Ghar offers two kinds of seating options, one is the regular table and chair setting, but the more unique offering is the Indian Style Seating, where you sit on over sized cushions and eat, just like you would in a village in India. Be warned – sitting in the lower seating, you probably would need a crane to lift you up after all the food. After all this, they were kind enough to offer tea/coffee, which we passed on as we were too full from the scrumptious food.     

Having said all this, you must be wondering, aren’t there any drawbacks to the restaurant? Or does it even have any negatives? Yes, like every establishment it has its positives and negatives. This visit I had gone on a Monday, which isn’t as crowded as my previous visits, which were over the weekends. Fridays and Saturdays, I recommend you go early or be ready to wait up to 45minutes for a table, like we had to  on our first visit. Parking is a problem in the area, especially during the weekends, but this is a problem all over Dubai. Some of the dishes were lukewarm when served, this was brought to the attention of the server and they promptly changed the dishes. Their waiting area is quiet small, which gets very crowded over the weekends.

All in all, the positives outweigh the negatives of this restaurant. I defiantly recommend a visit, they have a changing menu everyday! They don’t serve big portions, which I think helps reduce the wastage. They are easy to find, right opposite Centerpoint/Bur Juman Mall and if travelling by metro, the closest metro would be the Bur Juman Metro.

Having been to a lot of thali restaurants, I think this place has a different atmosphere unlike the hurried environment in the other restaurants, this topped with the tastefully done interiors and friend team of servers. I have reviewed this restaurant on all social media platforms and since all platforms allows users to only write one review, I had to compile this blog post. 

Rasoi Ghar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Rasoi Ghar Restaurant LLC,

Zainal Mohebi Plaza,

Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Road (D 88),

 Opposite Burjuman/Centerpoint, Bur Dubai, Near Park Regis Hotel,

 P.O Box: 124343, Dubai, UAE+971 4 3885711+971 4 3885722


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