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“Great Indian Food, Great Location, Great Ambiance”
Review of Patiala

Patiala
Ranked #489 of 9,866 Restaurants in Dubai
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $50
Cuisines: Indian, Bar, Wine Bar
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Dubai
Description: Patiala, the only authentic Indian fine dining restaurant in Downtown Dubai, is now open at Level 3, Souk Al Bahar. Fusing authentic Indian flavours with contemporary interiors in an unparalleled urban setting, the new, fully licensed restaurant has flown in its team of chefs direct from Delhi. The result is signature dishes and authentic recipes that are rarely tasted outside of India in an environment designed to appeal to Dubai's discerning diners.
Reviewed June 15, 2013

My family has been hooked on Indian food since my wife and I discovered it in London in 1975. So, we try it wherever we travel around the world. In places where there is a large, local Indian population, such as Dubai, the food is usually much better. Patiala is some of the best we've ever had. It's located in the Souk al Bahar, with lots of other high end shops and restaurants, just next to the Mall of Dubai. Butter Chicken is our mainstay dish and at Patiala we were NOT disappointed! The chicken was tender and the sauce was exquisitely spiced and not overly rich, as some are. We were pleasantly greeted by the manager, Mr. Sanjay Behel. After a brief conversation, he invited us into the kitchen for a brief tour of the ovens and tandoors - we even got a sample of fresh bread from the tandoor! Steaming hot; it was delicious. We recommend this restaurant very highly! Try it for sure if you're an old hand at Indian food or are ready to try it for the first time. You won't regret it. I promise.

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Mickey_Dogra, General Manager at Patiala, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on your recent dining experience at Patiala Restaurant. It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us and we were able match your expectations. From all the team at Patiala, we are truly grateful that you took the time to post your insightful review. Head Chef was humbled to hear your positive comments on the authentic north Indian cuisine we serve particularly your delight with the “Butter Chicken”, which is one of our signature dishes. We always strive to provide our guests with a 5 star experience along with authentic north Indian cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you again at Patiala.

Kind Regards,
Patiala Restaurant

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Reviewed June 13, 2013

You have left your guests hugely impressed by showing them around Dubai Mall. Now you want to bowl them over with a gastronomic indulgence they won’t forget in a hurry.

It’s here that Patiala comes into the picture.

Nestled in the nearby Souk Al Bahar, it serves perhaps the finest north Indian food in the UAE. And this is coming not from an ordinary foodie but someone who hails from India’s culinary capital, Lucknow.

Working the epicurean magic is head chef Sanjay Bahl, who leads a team that traces its lineage back to the kitchens of the royal families in the erstwhile princely states of Patiala and Awadh.

In fact, one of their cooks is a direct descendant of the legendary one-arm chef Haji Murad Ali.
Popularly known as Tundey Mian (tundey is Hindi slang to describe a person with a hand disability), Murad pioneered the melt-in-mouth tundey kebab for an ageing Awadh nawab who had lost all his teeth and could not chew regular kebabs.

A century later, Tundey gilawati kebabs remain a worldwide rage, though nobody has been able to quite match the taste and tenderness of the minced mutton dish sold at a decrepit small shop run by Murad’s grandson in Lucknow. “It’s a zealously guarded family secret,” he told me once.

Not anymore, I thought, as I gorged on the piping hot succulent gilawati kebabs and parathas (Dh130) prepared in a glass-fronted kitchen opposite our table.

From the moment we stepped into the contemporary settings of Patiala we knew we would relish the experience. And boy, did we? After a delectable Patiala Chaat platter (Dh40), we were served the choicest bounties of the ocean – Fish Amritsari (crispy hammour fillets with onion fritters; Dh115), Zaveri Fish Tikka (hammour tikka kebabs dressed with gold leaf and sun-dried mango powder) and Chargrilled Chili Mint Prawns (jumbo prawns, marinated in a spices and chilli-mint paste Dh155).

Next up were Gosht Roghan Josh (boneless lamb flavoured with fennel and ginger; Dh120) Butter Chicken (Dh120), Mutton Biryani (Dh145) and chargrilled Tandoori Lamb Chops (Dh115) which, I dare say, were the juiciest I have had in a while.

Caked in a zesty cinnamon marinade, the chops were well done and had a wondrous gamey taste that rendered them simply unputdownable.

Chef Bahl attributed its distinct flavour to the meat. “This is the only dish where we use New Zealand lamb. You can’t get the same taste and consistency in Indian lamb,” he explained.

The vegetarian dishes were no less sumptuous. Special mention must be made of Saag Patiala Paneer (leafy green veggies cooked with cottage cheese, Dh95) and Pindi Chole (chick peas cooked with Indian spice; Dh50).

The thoroughly enjoyable main course was however a bit let down by the desserts. They were immaculately presented alright, but didn’t quite live up to my expectations.

That said, it was a fantastic experience overall. The food was lipsmackingly good; the portions big, service prompt and the ambience brilliant. The only caveat: Unlike most Souk Al Bahar restaurants, Patiala doesn’t have views of the Dubai Fountain

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Mickey_Dogra, General Manager at Patiala, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on your recent dining experience at Patiala Restaurant and it’s wonderful to hear that we were able match your expectations. From all the team at Patiala, we are truly grateful that you took the time to post your insightful review. We look forward to welcoming you again at Patiala.

Kind Regards,
Patiala Restaurant

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Reviewed June 2, 2013

We went to Patiala Indian restaurant for Saturday lunch and it was a great experience as we had the best Indian food. We started with some chatts it was very tasty then we opted for a mix grill platter very juicy. For the main we had butter chicken, rogan josh, and chicken biryany all very tasty. finally for desert we had Gulab Jamoon and again the best we had for some time.The Chef also came out and greeted us and checked if we really enjoyed our food and we complemented him for the great food he served.

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Mickey_Dogra, General Manager at Patiala, responded to this reviewResponded November 11, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on your recent dining experience at Patiala Restaurant and it’s wonderful to hear that we were able match your expectations. From all the team at Patiala, we are truly grateful that you took the time to post your insightful review. We look forward to welcoming you again at Patiala.

Kind Regards,
Patiala Restaurant

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Reviewed May 28, 2013

A fantastic menu at a great venue!

this new Indian eatery in Dubai has truly authentic north Indian flavours, served with style.
a bit pricey but worth the style and class and taste!

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Mickey_Dogra, General Manager at Patiala, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on your recent dining experience at Patiala Restaurant.
It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us and we were able match your expectations. From all the team at Patiala, we are truly grateful that you took the time to post your insightful review. We always strive to provide our guests with a 5 star dining experience along with authentic north Indian cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you again at Patiala.

Kind Regards,
Patiala Restaurant

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Reviewed May 19, 2013

I have always been a fan of Indian Cuisine but Patiala took my expectations to another level! The chef guided us through the menu and we selected a number of dishes which were delicious! The venue has an intimate atmosphere and the service was good.
I would certainly recommend the restaurant it's a great special occasion venue.

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Mickey_Dogra, General Manager at Patiala, responded to this reviewResponded October 19, 2013

Dear Guest,

Thank you for your kind comments on your recent dining experience at Patiala Restaurant.

It’s wonderful to hear that you enjoyed your evening with us and we were able match your
expectations. From all the team at Patiala, we are truly grateful that you took the time to post your insightful review. We always strive to provide our guests with a 5 star dining experience along with authentic north Indian cuisine. We look forward to welcoming you again at Patiala.

Kind Regards,
Patiala Restaurant

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