This Citadel Towers branch has got to be mandi-master, Tibba’s flagship outlet. It’s certainly bigger and better looking than the last one I visited in the fruit and vegetable market. In fact, the interior of this branch gives you a (pleasant) shock when you first walk in, the backlit marble façade resembles that of the Conrad on Sheikh Zayed Road.
Of course, it’s fake but it gives the place a classy look-feel. So does the beverages island, otherwise known as a bar at the entrance (but a bar in a mandi restaurant just doesn’t sound right, licensed or not).
Tibba has kept true to its traditional roots by maintaining a number of floor seating areas. But for once, I did not see a single one occupied. It’s obvious, the franchise they appeal to in Business Bay is quite different to Ras Al Khor.
The food at Tibba is simply unbelievable. We ordered a mandi and madfoon meat. Portion sizes are epic, triggering your subconscious into thinking there is no way you can finish their good-for-two portions. I assure you, your subconscious is wrong. You will finish every last bit of your meal, it’s that good. If anything, you will curse yourself for eating so much but hey, don’t be upset; simply limit your next meal to…an apple. Choosing between mandi and madfoon is a matter of personal preference. I like both equally but invariably end up ordering madfoon, especially at restaurants I visit for the first time.
If, like me, you like your salsa spicy, order the tingly hot green salsa (not advisable for people with a heart condition).
Their meal ending kunefe is very good too.
Tibba is without doubt one of the best mandi restaurants in Dubai today. It is hands-down the best in Business Bay. Whilst still not quite in the same league as my favourite, Maraheb, it isn’t far off anymore. Service is friendly, fast and furious. Highly recommended.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.