On a friday afternoon, what could a foodie be doing? Sitting at home with TV remote, changing channels? Absolutely not. Looking for some great restaurants serving delicious food? Absolutely yes!
On that note, I belong to that gang of foodies always ready to taste new restaurants. One such place I wanted to try was, after hearing few good opinions and glancing reviews, 25 Degrees North, Barsha Heights, Dubai.
25 degrees north is a restaurant, inspired by home-style cooking and roadside eateries on the northern plains of India. 25 Degrees north is derived from Dubai’s geographical latitude position and that’s how this restaurant got its unconventional name.
I headed to this elegant semi circular restaurant on a friday afternoon with hubby who was raving about 25 DN, after trying their business lunch, so you must by now know how excited he was to visit this restaurant again.
We reached by noon for lunch and I had reserved a table for two, usually recommended during weekends. We were welcomed by the manager, who took care of us throughout. Staff are really kind and very sensitive when it comes to customer satisfaction. They ensure that you let them know your preferences and they provide expert advice when it comes to choosing any dish from the menu, which is really helpful.
The ambiance is simple, catchy black chandeliers, mughlai wall painting and see-through kitchen are the highlights. we chose to sit close to window-panes that has a view to the main road.
We were served complimentary Dahi Balla and papads with 4 varieties of chutney- Pineapple, sweet tamarind, coriander, and mint. My favorite is Pineapple, while rest of them are quite common in every Indian restaurants. Dahi balla was made to perfection and left me craving for more.
Then came in the Starters- Mix grill vegetable platter that had portions of Paneer Tikka, Shahi Mushroom, Chef special Dahi kebab, Paneer Makhmali seekh Kebab and Makool kebab. Each starter variety stood out for its own distinctive flavor and texture, while I felt for my taste preferences it all had sweetness added more to it, except for the Makool kebab which is stuffed grilled potato. Paneer seemed very tasty and had a silky texture. Dhai kebab was crispy on the outside and creamy inside, while seekh kebab was rich in mughlai flavors and melting texture. Shahi mushrooms had a unique taste and I shall really try this again next time. This platter comes in big portion is plentiful for 3 persons so be warned, else there might not be enough space for mains and desserts.
For Drinks, I chose Hot Toddy, a warm drink that is infused with Indian spices, mixed with honey and lime juice. I was told that this is served during winters to keep oneself warm and I really enjoyed this drink as it also acted as a digestive drink. Hubby chose Virgin mojito.
For mains, we were recommended Sabzi Milijuli, which is not there on their menu currently but very popular. It was loaded with vegetables in fenugreek leaves base curry, which was quite new for me and I instantly fell in love with how it tasted with warm tandoori roti.
At a North Indian/Mughlai restaurant, who doesn’t want to try Dum Biryani? I ordered for a veg Dum Biryani which came in a clay pot. What I really loved about this restaurant is, the manager waited for us to finish the roti and sabzi milijuli so that we enjoy the biryani when its piping hot. Small thoughts matter so much isn’t it? This mouth-watering pot of flavored rice comes with raita is ample for two. This is a must try here. (I was way too excited, sorry! couldn’t take a picture.)
What could complete a scrummy meal? Desserts..! For desserts, we were again served platter that has mini gulab jamuns, shahi tukra, malai kulfi and phirni.
Gulab jamun was succulent, piping hot and perfect dose of sweetness.
Shahi tukra was creamy, hot and crispy, my favorite here.
Malai kulfi reminded me of home and recommended dish here since the weather us getting warmer.
Phirni was made to desire for more, comes in a clay bowl, filled with richness of nuts and perfect sweetness.
This family friendly restaurant is a perfect place to binge on some delicious food and spend some quality time with loved ones. What more can be asked for on a weekend?
Phone number: 04 4551646
Cuisines: Pakistani, Biryani, Mughlai, Indian, North Indian
Cost: AED 160 for two people (approx.)
(30% off on total bill on weekdays 20% off on total bill on weekends and on deliveries also)
Address: Ground Floor, Damac Executive Heights, Barsha Heights, Dubai.
Known For: Contemporary decor, innovative menu serving Indian and Mughlai delicacies.