When next shopping at Lulu Hypermarket Centre, pay attention to Bombay Chowpatty in the food court. Open since March 2008 in the agreeable bright daylight of the food court, the Al Barsha branch of this Dubai-based Indian restaurant chain is a convenient place for a quick bite. This is Indian fast food and the seating area is simple, yet modern and pleasant.
The average bill per person is very affordable, around AED 30 per meal. A wide range of Indian dishes, for vegetarian and non-vegetarian preferences are served. The specialties include a variety of combos like Chicken Tikka Naan or Rice (grilled chicken cubes marinated in Tandoor masala served with naan or rice), Malai Kabab Naan or Rice (boneless chicken kabab marinated in cream, cheese, coriander and lemon juice, served with naan or rice), Prawn Masala Rice (cooked in North Indian spices in rich, thick and spicy gravy), Vegetarian (two dishes, rice, roti, dal tadka, raita, papad and pickle) as well as a host of South Indian items like Butter Sada Dosa, Cheese Uttapam, Rava Masala Dosa, Vada, to name just a few.
Mr Ajay, the food and beverage manager for the LALS Group, says that in addition to the three outlets of Bombay Chowpatty currently operating in Dubai, namely Karama, Lamcy Plaza and Al Barsha, three more are about to be opened in Oasis Tower, Academic City and Arabian Plaza in Mirdif. The chain is also taking the brand internationally, with two outlets opening in Bahrain, one in Doha and one in Kuwait. Mr Ajay, an experienced professional has been working in Dubai for the last 21 years and joined LALS in 1998. He started his career in the prestigious hotel Oberoi in Delhi in 1980 and spent four years in Baghdad where he was restaurant manager in the Al Rasheed Hotel.