Chor Bazaar [Restaurant Review]

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We knew we were in for a treat even before we walked into the restaurant. Chor Bazaar, just like the rest of Moevenpick Ibn Battuta, is so beautifully decorated.

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There is so much detail in all of the decor, all the way from the floors to the ceilings. I mean that in the most literal way– just take a look at this gorgeous art above our dining table!

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We were seated in a corner booth table. The waiters brought out the drinks and food menus, and gave us some time to decide. After choosing what we wanted, they took away our menus and brought us a little amuse-bouche.

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It was a thin, wafer like bread, filled with an amazing eccentric taste of tangy and sweet, with a little hit of spice. The waiter explained to us that it was a vegetarian snack in India called Poori.

After we were done with the amuse-bouche, and while we were waiting on the appetizers, the kind waiters brought a little coloring book and crayons for our 1 year old Khalifa to play with. I thought that was really sweet of them to do that for him.

Soon our drinks and appetizers came. For appetizers we ordered the Chicken Tikka Pakora and the Kekra Cake. The Chicken Tikka Pakora is boneless chicken pieces that are covered in tikka spices and batter, and then deep fried. Its crispy and spicy and all around, really good!

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The Kekra Cake is an Indian twist on a crab cake. Along with crab, it has flavorful spices and is coated in breadcrumbs before being shallow fried. Along with it comes a sweet and spicy homemade chutney.

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For drinks, we ordered two different mocktails– mine was a made from kiwi and had a bit of zest from mint, while my husband’s was more fruity with loads of fresh strawberries. We loved both of them, and even our little Khalifa liked my minty drink.

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For mains, my husband ordered Pahadi Chicken Tikka, which is boneless chicken pieces that have been marinated in cilantro, mint, spinach, lime and green chili.

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Its then chargrilled and served with a side salad and a green chutney sauce. The chicken is very well-marinated and the flavor of the spices goes through to every single bite.

I had the Goan Prawn Curry for my mains. We love trying different kinds of Indian foods, but this is my first time trying a Goan dish. It was incredible! The curry itself is a creamy sauce thats not spicy at all.

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You can really taste the freshness of the prawns and the flavors of the curry don’t overpower the prawns at all. Its such a great balance. If your not into spicy food and love seafood, this is definitely your dish!

Along with our mains, we had garlic naan bread. The flatbread is flavored with freshly minced garlic and butter. Its so good, you can even eat it on its own. Yummy! 

Unfortunately we really didn’t save any room for desserts, we were so stuffed we couldn’t even sample a little bit. They looked really delicious, so we’ll definitely have to give a try the next time we go there, and trust me we will certainly be back!

Ratings (0-5): 

  • Staff/Service: 4
  • Ambience: 5
  • Food: 4.5
  • Presentation: 4.5
  • Cleanliness: 5
  • Value for money: 4.5

Overall Rating: 4.58

Worth Trying?: Yes, this is such a great place for Indian cuisine– the decor is lovely, the ambiance is romantic, yet also family friendly, and the food is so good!

For more information, call Chor Bazaar  at +971 (0) 4  550 9212.

 

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