Zafran Dubai Marina: Delicious Indian food in a casual setting

It’s not often you find good food inside a mall, but it is something to celebrate when you do. Enter Zafran Dubai Marina Mall – read on for The Huntr’s full review…

As soon as you enter Zafran, you feel as though you have transported to India. Think elaborate wallpaper, Indian furnishings and interior accents and the heady smell of spices and cooking. Zafran has an open show kitchen, a pretty terrace with a lovely view of the Dubai Marina and an elevated casual dining vibe.

The Huntr visited Zafran for the launch of its ‘Simply South’ menu featuring specialities from the south of India. We also sampled some of the chef’s signature dishes. To whet the appetite we tried a complimentary selection of sweet chutneys with popadoms – which were super good and quite frankly, addictive. For starters, we selected the Papdi Chaat (20AED), these are pastries filled with spiced mashed potato and topped with a sweet yoghurt, tamarind, mint chutney and pomegranate. Don’t miss this taste sensation, which offers equal parts sweetness and sourness on the palette, and are beautifully light. We also ordered the Dahee Kebab (29AED) – deep-fried yoghurt and coriander dumplings served with a spicy, sweet sauce. The texture is like feta cheese and we thoroughly enjoyed them.

For the main event we sampled the Zafran Feast (169AED), which is a feast of kebabs all perfectly charcoal-roasted including Murgh Anari Seekh, Bhatti Chicken, Chicken Malai Tikka, Raan Zafran, Fish Mustard Tikka, and Ajwani Prawns. We couldn’t resist trying the Butter Chicken (53AED) – one of our favourite Indian curries, which did not disappoint, and the Alleppey Prawn Curry (159AED), which is a popular dish from Kerala and formed part of the new Simply South menu. It was creamy (we opted for mild in terms of spice level), the prawns are huge and it is perfectly matched with a side of rice. We also tried the Tala Gosht (64AED) from the Simply South menu, and to be honest: We weren’t fans of the gamey taste, but maybe you will love them?

To end a beautiful Indian meal on a sweet note we shared the Zafran Phirni (20AED), which is a traditional rice pudding made from milk, saffron, sugar and pistachio. To wash it all down we also tried two signature Indian beverages – Mango Lassi (20AED) and Rose Lemonade (20AED).

The team at Zafran are friendly and accommodating, and if you find yourself craving Indian food in the Dubai Marina area, you can’t go wrong with a visit to this little casual dining gem…

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