Nayaab Haandi is one of the better Pakistani restaurants in Dubai. This branch in Barsha is their second. It is smaller than the original in Satwa but no less clean and cool. Its interior, while spartan, is respectable. Amu Kambiz loves Pakistani food and insists we visit a Pakistani restaurant whenever he is in Dubai (from Tokyo). He and I have actually been to the Al Ghazal one together. We ordered his favourites – Kabab Platter, Haleem, Chicken Haandi, Channa Daal and Biryani Rice.
Remember the post Freddy Mercury Queen song, too much love will kill you? Well, too much tenderizer will turn even the best cut of meat to mush…which is what we found with a couple of the kababs in Nayaab Haandi’s kabab platter. Served with much fanfare, on a smoking mangal no less, it left much to be desired.
No one on the planet does Haleem like the Pakistanis. It’s just a culinary masterpiece and Nayaab Haandi’s Haleem is really, really good. Eaten with pieces of Afghani flat bread, I’d say this was the highlight of our meal. The Chicken Haandi (= claypot) was good but nothing to get too excited about.
We ended our meal with a rather tasteless Kulfi and a sugarless carrot Halwa (saved by the Gulab Jamun it was served with).
Service was exemplary – the restaurant manager and his staff going out of their way to accommodate us.
There are a number of very good Pakistani restaurants in Barsha. In my humble opinion, Nayaab Haandi is definitely one of the top of that list and well worth a visit.
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