There are two branches of Puranmal in DIP, one near Gulf News and this one, near the Dubai Investment Office, in Phase 1. The franchise has done a good job in carrying the same interior (or as close as possible) across their branches. You know you’ll find a chaat corner on one end and a sweets counter on the other, with the savouries in the middle.
Although I have visited several of their branches (including the one of the other side of DIP), my experiences have been limited to breakfast (Dosa, Idli, etc.) and/or chaat. This was my first time ordering a proper lunch, which was a simple meal of Bhindi Do Pyaza, Daal Makhani and a couple of Chapattis. My dad ordered a Masala Dosa. I was so impressed with the bhindi, one of the best variations of this classic dish. I can’t say the same for the daal, which I found quite bland. My dad loved his Dosa. He went on to order a Gulab Jamun for dessert and surprised me by eating it with a chapatti…hmm. Oh, and the Masala Chass (buttermilk) is a MUST order.
The restaurant was very busy when we visited at the lunchtime peak. I didn’t appreciate having to walk into the middle of the restaurant to find someone to seat us. And because my dad was with me, I was anxious for someone to quickly come and take our order; something which took an uncomfortably long time. Admittedly, as I’ve mentioned about, the restaurant was absolutely heaving when we arrived. Once our order was taken, however, the service we received was very good, including relatively quick food delivery from the kitchen. I am a fan and choose Puranmal over Bikanervala and Bombay Chowpatty.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.