Salkara has taken over the Aryaas outlet in Zee Tower on Abdullah Omran Taryam Street in Dubai Media City. The layout is almost exactly as I remember it with the cash counter and kitchen at the entrance and the handwash at the far end. The rest is a well laid out 12 to 15 table restaurant. Oh, did I mention that Salkara is a Paragon Group enterprise. That’s Paragon of Calicut Paragon fame, which, in their Qusais branch at least, translated into awesome, value for money Kerala-Malabari food. At this new branch however, I was interested in trying their South Indian breakfast.
As always, I started with an idli-vadi dip. First thing you notice is how BIG portions are. Second thing is that the sambar is spicy and full of vegetables; more vegetables, in fact, that in any other restaurant I have been to (and I have been to many). That said, I ran out of sambar after my vada and the first of my two idlis. A bowl full of sambar was quickly brought out followed by our masala dosas. Perhaps I was full from the idli-vada but I didn’t enjoy my masala dosa that much. I don’t see myself coming back for the dosa. The idli-vada is another matter altogether.
Service at Salkara is top notch, friendly and accommodating. Whilst I enjoyed my breakfast, I enjoyed Aryaas more. I think I need to come back for lunch in-order to truly feel the Calicut effect. If you are in the area by all means give Salkara a try, it’s one of the best in Dubai Media City. But if you’re think of coming from across town – don’t. It’s good but not that good. Not for breakfast at least.
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