I am still trying to figure out how Malabar Paris got its name; no one at the restaurant could tell me. Having been there twice now I can assure you that there is no French Connection whatsoever. In the same breath let me also assure you that this is without a doubt one of the best Malabari restaurants in Dubai. Located in the Crystal Music Building on Street 12 D in Karama, its interior is simple, modest and low-key. There’s a small family section in the back separated by a partition which I’m sure women and families will welcome at peak times – this is a very popular restaurant among the South Indian community.
My food adventurer buddies and I ordered from their menu with the intent of a swarm of locusts. Thankfully we were aided by several of their infinitely accommodating and genuinely friendly supervisors and staff. We ended up ordering A LOT. Standouts for me where the mandi-style Nadan Mutton Soup we started with followed by the Expo 2020, a creamy fish dish which wowed each and every one of us, the Deer Ularthiyathu, an insanely delicious venison curry and the Prawns Mango Chatti Curry which, in traditional style, was served in an earthen pot or Kalchatti and eaten with their delicious Appams.
Also commendable is their Thali which is served on a banana leaf. However, I would order the items I have listed above with maybe the crispy and spicy Anchovy or Kozhuva or Netholi fry added rather than the thali.
As mentioned above, service is exceptional. If you are Indian (South Indian particularly, Malabari specifically) you probably already know Malabar Paris and have already been. For those who would like to try a new dimension in Indian cuisine, and also for those who consider Calicut Paragon a reference, must visit restaurant, give this restaurant in Karama a try – I guarantee that you will not walk away disappointed. Malabar Paris – worth a detour.
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