Mohalla Dubai: A delicious Indian gem at the Dubai Design District (d3)

Located in the Dubai Design District (d3) Mohalla Dubai is so-called because variations of the word (Mohalla, Ma-halla, and Mehalle) carry the same meaning of “my neighbourhood” or “my community” in several different languages including Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Turkish Uzbekistani.

The Indian dishes on offer here have been created with a key focus on wellness and the aim is to offer delicious authentic food made with high-quality ingredients and lighter cooking techniques with no preservatives, artificial sweeteners, taste enhancers or food colouring. Plus, to continue the community feeling, everything is built for sharing.

Interiors wise, Mohalla Dubai is bright and spacious with a calming, earthy colour palette and beautiful little design touches to delight the eyes – including a magnificent mural on the back wall. There are various table setups for small and large groups and a semi-open kitchen so you can see all of the food-making action.

The staff are welcoming and friendly and quick to attend to you. The menu caters to vegetarians and meat-eaters and there are a few gluten-free and vegan dishes on offer too.

The Huntr visited Mohalla for a weekend lunch. Everything we tried was great but our favourite dishes were the Corn Cheese Kofta (48AED), which is a delicious mix of sweetcorn and cheese balls in a spinach-flavoured gravy with fenugreek leaves, the Prawn Curry (66AED), which had an amazing creamy coconut base, plus the Raj Kachori (44AED) a spicy creation with paneer cooked in samba chillies and soy sauce topped with crunchy spinach. The Mango Cake (36AED) was also delightful.

The bar is alcohol-free and offers a variety of tempting mocktails and soft drinks. We loved the Bellini (29AED) and the Passion Fruit Two Ways (29AED) and opted to wash dessert down with a Karak Chai (13AED) and South Indian Filter Coffee (15AED).

Insider tips: Outdoor seating is available when the weather permits. Don’t be shy to enquire about the spice level of dishes and ask for them to be made milder if that’s your preference. Also open for breakfast from 8am until 10am.

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