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Govindas Restaurant where vegetables are the dish of the day

In many countries, eating meat is part of the national identity. Think of Australian barbecues, American cowboys and South African gatherings where chicken is considered to be a salad! Of course, there are many parts of the world where vegetarianism is widespread, largely because of religious principles and dietary laws. Hindus, Jains and Taoists all advocate vegetarianism to a greater or lesser extent, and this has a positive effect on the availability of vegetarian food in India. Statistics have indicated that Indian people have the lowest rate of meat consumption in the world and most restaurants in India clearly distinguish and market themselves as being either “non-vegetarian”, “vegetarian”, or “pure vegetarian”. But can a”pure vegetarian restaurant” please a staunch meateater? Fat Nancy took a trip to “Govinda’s” to find out.   Welcome to Indian restaurant  ‘Govinda’s’ It is in an area called Karama, in Dubai. As we entered the restaurant, we all noticed a giant fake tree climbing above each of the tables. You’d be forgiven for thinking that this is maybe style over substance. But wait, …

Ravi Restaurant In The Streets Of Satwa

  Ravi Restaurant is a fast paced Pakistani restaurant and it’s a legend in Dubai. It hasn’t changed in twenty years. Ravis (Satwa branch) is a great place to sit on the street and see the bustle of Satwa flow past but the main reason of Ravi’s success is the food… A selection of  slow-cooked dishes of vegetables, lentils or meat (usually lamb) come out very quick but the flavours are some of the best Pakistani food FNND has ever tasted  – and the nihari – slow-cooked beef so tender it falls from the bone. It is served in a delicately aromatic sauce with hot flatbreads.   Try the Murg methi – a lovely chicken and fenugreek curry, the tandoori mutton chops, the Dhal fry and the nobbly butter naan… it’s a pretty awsome combination – a beautifully tasty dinner and watching the world drift by in the streets of Satwa. Popular with a range of people from Pakistani cabbies eating right-handed to wealthy emiratis and the odd brave tourist. Best of all, the cooking is …

Khan Murjan – A restaurant in a ‘pyramids’ themed mall?

FNND has discovered a handful of interesting eateries  in Dubai. Some are lovely venues, some serve great food and some are just a bit different from the Dubai ‘norm’ of  gaudy seven star hotels that leave you with a seven star feeling of nausea. But can you take a Riad styled Arabian restaurant set in a fake Egyptian tomb seriously? we headed down to Khan Murjan to find out.   Khan murjan is a beautiful setting of an open air courtyard or Riad – which manages to cover all bases… Excellent live, traditional music that is relaxing and not overbearing. It takes a bit of finding though, located at the bottom of a huge sweeping stone staircase in an old ‘style’ souk…. but it is actually the basement of WAFI mall – a tutankhamun themed mall inside a giant glass topped Pyramid. The friendly and helpful waiters areadorned in fez’s  will regularly top up your Shisha pipe throughout the evening. The authentic food is exceptional – Morrocan, Iranian, Lebonese, Egyptian, Turkish – it’s all here. Super …

The Troyka Bar is Backstage Dubai

Seventies ‘teatime’ and TV was fun – Getting dressed up in pyjamas to see the spectacle of a large mahogany box (TV) wheeled out. The TV set was the thing that made it exciting. Because seventies TV programmes were not. They were usually made up of  bad actors, wearing various shades of brown  and trying not to wobble the stage set when they closed a door. But the massive mahogany TV can make the long winter nights something to savour. If the picture goes wobbly – just bang it in the right place to get a good picture, which feels like ‘The Fonz’ Fonzerelli in ‘Happy Days’. Because, If the content is a little ‘tongue in cheek’ and it doesn’t run as smoothly as you’d hope… They are some of the reasons for enjoying it. So let us introduce you to the mahogany clad Ascot Hotel in Bur Dubai. With its faux-period facade, and an interior filled with regency fittings that hark back to a time of kitsch grandeur  – It is the seventies sitcom of …

Singapore Deli, Karama

I visited Singapore with my family when I was 11 years old as a stopover on the way to Australia. The thing is, I remember nothing from that trip. I can barely remember last week. My brain is worryingly sponge-adjacent these days. So despite having actually been to the country, I’m still pretty clueless when it comes to the food from Singapore. [Originally published on I’m Not a Fiend] The weather over here in Dubai these days is bang on. The kind of balmy evening temperature you’re lucky to get for one evening a year in England, but for opposite reasons. Here it’s usually too hot, but right now, sitting out on the streets is a pleasure. As the cars drive by, chatter from two supremely relaxed elderly Singaporean dudes drifts past you, along with their cigarette smoke. Nothing on the menu at Singapore Deli was familiar to me, and that made me very happy. To try a new cuisine is to ride a bike for the first time, or learning a new language; the …