Ravi Restaurant Satwa: A Dubai icon serving affordable curries, kebabs and more

Ravi Restaurant Satwa – chances are you’ve heard of it and probably visited at least a handful of times. Unless of course you are new to the city or visiting for vacation. In that case you definitely need to find out why this Dubai institution should be added to your hitlist. Join us we present The Huntr’s experience at Dubai institution Ravi’s…

Founded by Pakistani expat Chaudary Abdul Hameed in 1978, not much has changed in the four plus decades since the humble restaurant first opened its doors. Many of the staff are the same, Chaudary himself still mans his iconic eatery – sometimes working double shifts. There are still no bells and no whistles in terms of the decor and presentation of the food. The services is still basic but friendly and welcoming and the prices are still friendly enough to be enjoyed by almost all.

Yet despite the lack of airs and graces Snoop Dogg enjoyed a biryani here once and most recently American band One Republic showed the Satwa icon some love on Instagram – and they aren’t the first and definitely won’t be the last celebrities to pass through Ravi’s doors. So what is all of the fuss about? Well for many old timers in the UAE it is about nostalgia– and many of Ravi’s customers have been visiting since 1978. The other pull is the delicious and reasonably priced Indian and Pakistani food on offer. Plus the place practically never closes.

The Huntr ordered the famous Butter Chicken (24AED) – a favourite of all Ravi fans including owner Chaudary, and it’s easy to see why. Plus the self-proclaimed ‘best in Dubai’ Chicken Kebab Tikka (24AED), Mutton Biryani (15AED), Roti (1AED), Salad (3AED) and Raita (3AED). Simple, tasty and filling, it’s the perfect spread for lunch or dinner. We washed it all down with Karak Tea (2AED).

Insider tips: Open daily from 5am until 3am apart from Fridays when it closes for prayer and is open from 5am until 11am and then again at 12:30 until 3am. No free wifi or other amenities on offer. Outside seating is available. 

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