The capital city of UAE has a number of desi restaurants to treat your palate. Proudly modern and cosmopolitan with a hint of tradition, Abu Dhabi attracts a big chunk of India tourists. It is considered as UAE’s forward-thinking cultural heart where nothing stands still. It is the second-most populous city in the Gulf after Dubai. And with the increasing number of tourists every year, the peak season looks the most crowded. And when it comes to food, it is one of the supreme cities in the Middle East that tends to their gastronomical cravings.
You would find Indian restaurants both in the elite locales as well as in the crammed by lanes. It’s like, there are that perfect food and ambience for people of varied tastes – also, something for every pocket. Whatever your budget may be, Abu Dhabi won’t disappoint you. Most of the Indian restaurants there serve up the best food from the Indian kitchen. From South Indian to Punjabi to Maharashtrian to North Indian. Abu Dhabi has it all. And, did you know? There are vegetarian restaurants for the ones who would prefer a vegan or a vegetarian diet. It means that if you are craving for Indian food in Abu Dhabi, you won’t be disappointed. Let’s take a look at some of the best eateries the city has to offer.
Indian Restaurants in Abu Dhabi
- Punjab Grill
- India Palace
- Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
In all the above restaurants, you would get the most delectable of all Indian food. Scrumptious and mouth-watering. You might as well forget that you are in Abu Dhabi. Such is the quality of the spread and of course, the hospitality which needs a must mention.
Located on the ground floor of Yas Viceroy on Yas Island, it is one of the best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi. With a little spice and a whole lot of love, Angar has been feeding Indian souls since quite a long time. It’s a fine-dining space to be precise and an apt location for a romantic dinner date. Dimly lit by Moroccan lanterns hanging from the ceiling, the tables are well spaced out and comfortable. In short, diners can enjoy the best food in their privacy. Even though the restaurant is quite compact, the tall ceilings and floor to ceiling windows create an illusion of space.
At the back is family-sized tables that accommodate bigger groups. The outdoor area has more seating space. But, F1 racing track is just beside the restaurant, the roaring engines might put off some diners. Some of the unique preparations this place offers – tandoori lamb chops, duck galouti, and an Indian version of Opera Cake. For Independence Day, there’s a special five-course meal prepared (DHS 17). It includes Lamb Chops and a modern-India inspired trio of Chicken Tikka.
- Zomato rating: 4.0/5
- Address: Yas Hotel Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
- Special dish: Duck Galouti, Tandoori Lamb Chops, Gobi Karare, Kodai Chicken.
- Timing: 2:00 Pm – 11:00 PM
- Price for two: INR 4011.96 – INR 8022.92
Technically, it’s a fusion restaurant. So, you can very well expect a bit of twist in the food. So, rather than the usual vindaloo and aloo saag curries, you would find wild berry chutneys and truffle oil. But, if you are looking for a place to unwind after a long day of travel, then this is surely the place to be. Soothing Indian music would invite you inside. The trickle of water feature makes it feel more like a spa than a restaurant. Faultless and attentive service would make you feel like home. Attentive doesn’t mean interfering but, rather warm and hospitable. The restaurant has red and black theme lit by candles and lanterns. A mirrored ceiling further adds to the charm of this place.
- Zomato rating: 4.2/5
- Address: Beach Rotana, Tourist Club Area (Al Zahiyah), Abu Dhabi.
- Special dish: Seafood pakora, calamari, prawns and salmon, veg biryani,
- Timing: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 6:30pm – 11:30pm
- Price for two: INR 1711.5 – INR 36,122.17
One of the most upmarket Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, Avasa is located in The Collection out on Saadiyat Island. The restaurant offers a symphony of Traditional and Contemporary Indian cuisine with a modern twist. You would find some of the most innovative dishes in this place.
Ever heard of something like Khoya Cheesecake and the Masala Chai Chocolate Bomb? Probably not, as Avasa is the place where they have been invented. Quite cool, right? Even we think so. The spread for non-vegetarian dishes is quite wide, which leaves less room for our veggie friends. But, there’s always extra place for that scrumptious dessert. What do you think?
- Zomato rating: 4.2/5
- Address: The Collection, The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi.
- Special dish: Khoya Cheesecake, Masala Chai Chocolate Bomb, Fig Kofta Curry, Paneer Spring Onion Masala.
- Timing: 12:00pm – 12:00am
- Price for two: INR 570.35 – INR 7224.43
4. Punjab Grill
Fine dining with fine food. Yes. That best describes Punjab Grill. Both the ambience and food make this one of the best Indian restaurants In Abu Dhabi. It’s a sophisticated Indian eatery in the Venetian Village. Beautiful interiors with a wide-ranging menu, the food is packed full of modern twists on traditional Indian classics. Which means the food is what that steals the show here. You can very well ignore the interior and go down there for the delicious spread. It is one of the highly rated Indian restaurants serving the best food in Abu Dhabi. Fine décor and hospitable vibes just add to the mesmerizing dining experience.
The Dakshini Prawns cooked in South Indian spice mixes is something to die for. Yes. It’s that good. Served with crispy Idlis, the whole thing just tastes out of the world. The Butter Chicken is a bit of an Abu Dhabi institution, which shows how they elevate the simple things. Portions are generous and the price is, of course, a bit on the higher end. But, the food is worth every penny you shell out from your pocket.
- Zomato rating: 4.9/5
- Address: Venetian Village, Ritz Carlton Abu Dhabi, Grand Canal, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi.
- Special dish: Butter Chicken, Dakshini Prawns.
- Timing: 12:30pm – 12:00am
- Price for two: INR 7224 – 7500 (approx.)
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The awesome view across the bank of Khor AL Maqta to the Grand Mosque. Yes. That’s what you can see from Ushna. A fine dining restaurant with an outdoor seating space which many would dream to dine in. And, the best part is, of course, the food which you leave you dumbfounded. The dishes that come out of the kitchen here are first-rate. In the past six years, Ushna has taken home the Best Indian Award at the Time Out Abu Dhabi Restaurants Award. The menu is diverse, service is excellent and the curries are superb. Prices are comparatively high compared to the other Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi. But, you wouldn’t feel an inch of regret after paying for such delicious food.
The menu features a couple of dishes and what you should definitely go for is the chaat platter. It consists of the Paani Puri filled with potato, yoghurt and chutney and the Ragda Pattice. The décor of the place is minimal, contemporary and steers clear of anything traditional. Airy and roomy, the place offers any and every individual a lot of space to just sit down, have good food and ponder.
- Zomato rating: 4.6/5
- Address: Ground Level, Souk Qaryat Al Beri, Bain Al Jessrain, Al Maqtaa, Abu Dhabi.
- Special dish: Chaat Platter, Daab Chingri, Fish Biryani, Raan-E-Lucknowi, Mutton Biryani
- Timing: 12:30pm – 11:30pm
- Price for two: INR 8555.25 (approx.)
Located on the ground floor of Yas Island, Rotana, it’s one of the best Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi. The rooms are dimly lit but as you enter you are greeted with a splash of colours. Now, that’s Rangoli for you. What greets you at the entrance is even more impressive. Artwork depicting elephants and dancers. The waiting staffs are dressed in pink waistcoats and dresses. Orange tassels from lanterns and zesty hues brighten up the cushions. Lit up by numerous lanterns, the restaurant is made to look like flickering candles. Soothing sitar music and rhythmic drumming create a romantic ambience.
The best part about this restaurant is their open kitchen. You can very well see your food being prepared by the chefs. Dishes from various parts of India are available here. Mostly North and South India. Spot regional specialities like Alleppey Prawn Curry with coconut, fennel seeds and curry leaves, and Goan Lamb Vindaloo.
- Zomato rating: 4.2/5
- Address: Yas Island Rotana, Yas Marina, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi
- Special dish: Amchuri Bhindi, Goan Lamb Vindaloo.
- Timing: 6:00pm – 11:30pm
- Price for two: INR 6224.44 (approx.)
7. India Palace
There are five outlets of this Indian restaurant in Abu Dhabi. Yes, such is it’s elegance and as for food, it’s inexplicable. Showcasing all the standards you’d expect of a British high street curry house both inside and out, this restaurant will immediately put expats at ease with their surroundings. This restaurant prepares your regular staple food in a way that it elevates the standards naturally. You would particularly fall in love with the kadhai dishes there. They are cooked in the traditional cast iron pots and hence the name.
It’s a perfect place for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. Try out the Kadhai Gobi or the Chicken Xacutti or the Dum da Murgh. Lip-smackingly good and rich, distinctive and flavoursome.
- Zomato rating: 4.4/5
– Level 3, Mushrif Mall, Al Mushrif, Abu Dhabi
– Opposite ADNOC Petrol Station, Salam Street, Tourist Club Area (Al Zahiyah), Abu Dhabi
– Level 2, Near Cine Royal Cinema, Dalma Mall, Mussafah Sanaiya, Abu Dhabi
– Level 2, Mazyad Mall, Mussafah Shabiya, Abu Dhabi
– Ground Level, Deerfields Mall, Al Shahama, Abu Dhabi
- Special dish: Kadhai Gobi, Chicken Xacutti, Dum da Murgh.
- Timing: 12:00pm – 12:00am
- Price for two: INR 4022.10 (approx.)
8. Signature by Sanjeev Kapoor
The Masterchef has lent more than his name to this restaurant. Considered as one of the most elite Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, you can certainly not miss this. It has an elaborate menu to offer where his favourite recipes have been injected. The whole ambience, décor and food spell out utmost thoughtfulness and care. Simply put, everything has been perfectly tailor-made just for you. Even though it must be a bit expensive than the other Indian eateries, it’s worth an evening. Service is prompt and delivers Indian hospitality from the time you enter.
- Zomato rating: 4.5/5
- Address: Nation Galleria, Nation Towers
- Special dish: Homestyle pan curry with fish.
- Timing: 12:00pm – 11:30pm\
- Price for two: INR 6654.08 (approx.)
Even though it’s not one of the exclusive Indian restaurants in Abu Dhabi, their kitchen still manages to dish out few Indian delicacies. Especially Dal Tadka. It’s a beautiful scenic restaurant which offers a menu that follows Vasco Da Gama’s journey around the world. Cuisine from Portugal to China, you would find it all. This restaurant also serves some of the best naans you would find anywhere in Abu Dhabi. The Indian delicacies are served in copper pot to give diners more of an authentic Indian feel.
- Zomato rating: 4.5/5
- Address: Radisson Blu Hotel & Resort, Al Khubeirah, Abu Dhabi
- Special dish: Naan Roti, Dal Tadka
- Timing: 12:00pm – 3:30pm, 7:00 pm – 11:00pm
- Price for two: INR 7129.38 (approx.)
Bright dashes of contemporary neon colour and traditional Indian motifs. In short, Peppermill is a fun-filled fusion of both modern and ancient. The menu is priced between the backstreet cheap and high-end Indian restaurants. Perfect for all types of budgets, you can an easily go down there and have a filling meal. Rather than the run-of-the-mill daal and butter chicken, the curries are quite unusual. The range is quite dynamic and eclectic while also paying homage to authenticity that the Indian cuisine demands.
- Zomato rating: 4.4/5
- Address: Eastern Mangroves Promenade, Eastern Ring Road, Salam Street, Eastern Mangroves, Abu Dhabi
- Special dish: Aloo Gobi
- Timing: 9:00am – 11:00pm
- Price for two: INR 4752.92 (approx.)
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So, next time when you are in Abu Dhabi and are craving for Indian food, you know where to go. Best is to choose out depending on the kind of food you want to have and then zero in. We are sure you would be spoilt for choice with so many options to choose from.