This Al Khalidiya based homegrown Indian eatery with a sprinkle of Emirati and Middle Eastern influences is located in Abu Dhabi’s Al Khalidiya neighbourhood. Owned by an ambitious Emirati guy who was inspired to create a restaurant after various visits to India, Karak Babu Abu Dhabi aims to offer up flavours from the North, South, East and West – with no limits and a focus on excellent quality ingredients.
The Huntr loved the colourful interior and perfectly curated menu. There’s also free WiFi making it a great spot to study or get work done.
We started with the Mini Puri (12AED), which features 6 crunchy, golden puri bread stuffed with Philadelophia cheese and drizzled with date syrup. Totally sublime and a firm favourite. The Sambosa (12AED) was fresh and creamy and features a crunchy fried thick pastry with spice boiled potatoes and cheese and comes with a green chutney mixed with green chilies. The Falafel Sambosa (15AED) is a unique combo of falafel sambosa dipped in laban and topped with spicy, crunchy potato flakes. The Green Omelette (14AED) features spinach, green paprika, green chilies, and feta cheese and comes wrapped in delicious paratha bread. Whilst the Tok Tok (12AED) is rich in flavour but simple – eggs, Philadelphia cheese, and paratha. The Babu Shakshuka (18AED) was also a hearty, tasty dish and we enjoy the spicy and flavourful Babu Chicken (18AED) – a chicken curry stew with chopped chicken.
The presentation of each dish was spot on and the quality of ingredients reflect the prices. We particularly loved the Mini Puri, Falafel Sambosa, and Green Omelette and we washed it all down with the Karak Babu Karak (5AED), which has its own charm and is prepared with fresh milk, a blend of aromatic spices, and a whiff of vanilla. You can also opt to have it in a clay cup for 8AED and take it home.
Insider tip: Open daily from 7.30am until midnight
Photography and reporting by Saleh Alanbari exclusively for The Huntr