Ajanta is an amazing little Gujarati restaurant serving some of the tastiest yet most affordable thalis in Dubai. Run by the same Indian family with roots in East Africa, the restaurant has recently relocated from its original base in Karama to this spanking new premises at the Avari International Hotel Apartment in al-Barsha 1, not far from MOE.
Although the Ajanta thali is basic compared with thali masters Rajdhani, Maharaja Bhog, and Rasoi Ghar, it is wholesome, delicious and the closest you’ll get to “home-cooked” this side of your mamma’s kitchen. It’s unlimited so long as you don’t waste. Finish what’s on your tray and they’ll keep serving you in that pampering, super hospitable Gujarati style till an ambulance takes you away.
In addition to thali and Gujarati cuisine, Ajanta also serves a number of South Indian specialities, breakfast included. There’s a chaat corner too, from which I ordered Pani Puri and Bhel Puri, feeling afterwards that maybe street food is something they should leave to Chatori Gali and the other chaat specialists in the area.
Namakeen and Sweets are sold for takeaway but can be eaten in-store too.
Service at Ajanta is friendly and attentive. The restaurant is a hidden gem. Give it a try, I’m pretty sure you won’t be disappointed…especially if you have any sort of an African connection.
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