I have walked past O’Pao Indian Sliders dozens of times and I’ve eaten at restaurants on either side (and in the street behind) more times that I can remember yet I’ve never walked in to give it a try – till now. If I were asked to sum up my experience there in one word, it would be Wow! And that’s because of two things: the insanely delicious O’Mutton Khicha Pao – that’s a pulled lamb burger to us Gringos, and service (Shamsad, I mean you). Listen up, the pulled lamb burger, perfectly spiced and seasoned, is the best thing I’ve had since the High Jam @high.joint – yes, it’s THAT good. Also highly recommended are the Coriander Chicken Tikka and Kurkuri Bhindi, which literally means crispy okra – I can imagine both as accompaniments to “a cold one” (or six). Speaking of which, the curried O’Chatpata Maggi Noodles is something I have tried (unsuccessfully) to make on many a tipsy-midnight-return from a night out with the lads. But to order Maggi at this place is really missing the plot (especially when there’s @thatplacedxb next door).
The interior of O’Pao is Thumbelina sized but it’s youthful, bright and cheerful thanks to a wall-to-wall street facing window and some funky graphics. As mentioned earlier, service is very good. I was looked after by a smiley young man named Shamsad who treated me like his long-lost uncle. I appreciated the fact that both owner, Amol Dhote and Head Chef Qamruz Zaman, both Mumbaikars, took the time to come and say hello (neither knew I was a blogger). I enjoyed chatting with them almost as much as eating at their restaurant – almost. O’Pao Indian Sliders is definitely one of those must visit Karama restaurants, a gem. I sincerely hope Amol’s plans to branch out to new Dubai succeed as he and his team are definitely on to a good thing. I, for one, shall be going back for sure; this time to try their O’Butter Chicken Pao and O’Mutton Keema – I love keema. O’Pao, deserving of it’s super high ratings and worth a visit… O’Mutton Khicha Pao is worth a detour.
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