Sthan’s is one of the better desi restaurants in Karama, which I suppose, by default, makes it one of the better desi restaurants in Dubai. For those of you who don’t know what desi means, desi [d̪eːsi] is a loose term for the people, cultures, and products of the Indian subcontinent (from Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia). Afghanistan is not typically considered desi but it’s close enough.
Back on planet Karama, near the post office, in particular, Sthan’s welcomes you to an interior which is colourful, imaginative and fun but has very little else of relevance with the territories it claims culinary ambassadorship of. What’s important is that it’s clean and comfortable. There’s an upstairs for weekend overflow which was (obviously) closed on the weekday my son and I visited.
The food at Sthan is…insane. It had super-opinionated father and son purring and mewing like good little kitties rather than the roaring lions we usually are in new restaurants. On recommendation from our friendly waiter, we tried the Dhaba Murg, Rara Gosht, Nalli Gosht Biryani and some Dal Bhukhari – all amazing.
I can’t remember the last time I was so completely satisfied with a (non-thali) Indian meal as I was at Sthan. Whether it’s their Masala Chaas or their (sweet or salted or sweet and salted) Lassi or their teas and coffees – all amazing.
Service, in addition to being friendly and accommodating, is equally good, slotting Sthan’s into my top five favourite Karama restaurants. This delightful eatery is highly recommended and well worth a detour.
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