Sigdi, which is a kind of stove similar to a mangal or brazier indigenous to the Indian subcontinent, is an Indian restaurant franchise specialising in North Indian and Mughlai cuisine. There are two outlets in Dubai, one in Al Nahda and the one I visited opposite the Karama Post Office and Dubai Central Laboratory. Walk in and everything from its heavy-set, period looking front door and the uniforms worn by the doorman and staff to the dark wood furniture used throughout the interior screams old school. It reminded me so much of the way things in Dubai used to be.
And because it reminded me of old Dubai, we started our meal with a fresh lime soda. We then followed the recommendation of our waiter and ordered the Chef’s Special Platter which included kebabs so soft they raised suspicion. For our mains we ordered the signature Mutton Maharaja, Bhindi Do Piyaza, Dal Bukhara and a Jeera Rice. All were delicious, especially the mutton which was like a Chicken Tikka Masala with um, mutton. We ended our meal with a couple of ultra-sweet Gulab Jamun and some Gajar Halwa – yum.
If Sigdi had a weakness it was that some of the staff were simply not trained properly nor could they speak (or understand) English. Responsibility for everything fell to the head waiter who, try as he did, couldn’t be in two places at the same time. Wrapping up this review I ask myself, warm and fuzzy as the nostalgia of Sigdi made me feel, is it up there with neighbours Delhi Darbar, Jaffar Bhai or even Sthan? It’s good but not that good, no. I cannot see myself choosing it over any of the more established players. That said, I still think it’s got potential and is worth a try.
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