Behind UAE Exchange, Near Bollywood Super Market , Bur Dubai , Dubai, UAE
Near Dubai Grand Hotel, Damascus St , Qusais , Dubai, UAE
Opp. ADCB, Mina Road , Rolla , Sharjah, UAE
Industrial Area, Caterpillar Road , Sharjah, UAE
Behind Eldorado Cinemas , Electra Road , Abu Dhabi, UAE
Next To Khalifa Labanese Bakery , Al Falah Street , Abu Dhabi, UAE
Lulu Hypermarket , Qusais , Dubai, UAE
, Karama , Dubai, UAE
, Bur Dubai , Dubai, UAE
, King Faisal Street , Sharjah, UAE
There is a large Indian population in this city of dunes and visitors as well as residents need their fix of Indian Food. But If you are looking for a South Indian restaurant in UAE you need to choose one from the specific cuisine you want to eat. There is more than the dosas (crispy pancakes) and fluffy idlis. There is Kerala style fish in banana leaves to the Goan VIndaloo or the Chettinad Chicken of Tamilnadu. The best place to eat any Indian food is in Karama which is called Little India and gives you a choice of restaurants that are easy on your pocket.
Here are a few of the best South Indian Restaurants in UAE and we are starting off with a restaurant that is at Al Karama. Aappa Kadai Restaurant literally translates to pancake shop in English. There are a variety of aapams that you can try and I recommend you eat it with some sweetly flavored coconut milk. The Masala Dosai and Onion Pakoras are also very authentic South Indian food. For those who like their meat, the mutton Biryani and Chicken Tikka is also done well here.
Kamat has many branches in UAE and is popular for its typical South Indian fast foods that are actually healthy too. This is a South Indian vegetarian restaurant in UAE. The popular choices here are the Uttapam, Dosas and Upma. Their South Indian Filter coffee is a whole new experience. The interiors are neat but basic and food for two would set you back at about 70 Dirhams for two people. Try any of their branches at Mankhool or Dubai Internet City.
For fine dining the best place to go to is Dakshina at the Lotus Hotel, Deira. With carnatic music playing in the background, it positions itself as the best South Indian Restaurant in UAE and many would agree. When you see the waiter bringing to your your crisp seemingly too large Masala dosai (pancake stuffed with onions and tomatoes) you might think it is too large for one person. But the thin wafery pancake is light on your tummy and the accompaniments of different kinds of chutneys and sambhar will get you licking your fingers. The egg appam and kondal Porichathu ( Batter fried Calamari) are other recommendations to your best south Indian food in UAE.
We are back to Al Karama for some authentic Kerala food. Calicut Paragon Restaurant serves some delicious South Indian Food from this coastal state of India. Try their crab dishes and then go on to the typical Kerala fish dish known as Karimeen Pollichathu, this is pearl fish that is cooked in a banana leaf that retains all the traditional spices. The Malabar chicken curry eaten with rice or Malabar parathas are also a good choice at this no frills kitchen. This is why the large Malayali expatriate population frequent this as their choice of the best South Indian Restaurant in UAE.
Tamil Nadu in South India is home to the spicy Chettinad food and the best restaurant in UAE for this kind of cuisine would Anjappar Restaurant at AL Karama. The Chettinad Chicken Roast will give you a different taste of India, very different from the North Indian cuisine. For the equally spicy Andhra food head over to Amaravathi also in Little India opposite the Metro station. Their thalli is a good option as it gives you a variety of vegetarian and non vegetarian food served in little steel containers on a larger plate. The vegetarian version is just as good. Goan food is as popular and is very different to the rest of the Indian cuisines. The two South Indian Restaurants in UAE that serve Goan food in Al Karama is Eric’s a little lilac painted restaurant famous for its fish koliwada and prawn mango curry. The other is Treat Restaurant that serves delicious beef and fish cutlets.