It’s a pleasure to receive a prestige invitation from Movenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate to relish their speciality Indian cuisine during the Somvaar Bazaar in Chor Bazaar which is only every Monday. You’ll find Chor Bazaar immediately once you enter the lobby of the hotel.
It’s a kind of market style dining experience where you have to go to the food stalls normally called Hawker to grab your food. They have 3 stalls on the outside of the restaurant. That’s the starter section, main course with the desserts and the some sort of merchandise stall. There’s bollywood video being played on the centre part of the wall by using a projector.
Now inside the restaurant, I can’t help but to ask Subash (Receptionist in the restaurant) why there are Hands featured on the ceiling and some framed pictures of it too on a wall. He explained with enthusiasm why. He told it’s because mainly people come for celebrations and henna is placed on their hands and as the word CHOR means Steal and hands also used by the thieves. Authentic isn’t it?
The highlight of course is the FOOD! It’s a WOW! Big WOW! with an open eyes and mouth saying it. I’ll focus on their TIKKA, that’s lamb and chicken tikka. I always check the tenderness of the lamb by using a fork with spoon instead of knife then the taste of it. And oh boy! It’s so perfect and different from all the tikkas I’ve tasted before. From the masala they used to marinate it, the cooking process for sure they have the technique and a secret weapon the Chef De Cuisine got. Meat was so so tender and juicy! The juiciness is stemming within the meat. The chicken that I never thought could be more softer and tender also that it could ever be! The crispy butter naan blended so well with this. I could have asked for more if I’m not obliged to try something else✌.
Next is what I always admire a lot, the Pani Puri. Oh so nice to see the Chef preparing it for you with a smile. Variety of sauces were there to choose from. From sweet to spicy! I’ve tried the Live Curry cooking station too which is just behind the Pani Puri. I chose prawns for this. This is what I only find a missed. The curry is a bit salty for me. Well I tried it just like that not with anything else. I believe if you eat it with rice or naan then it will be fine.
Over all verdict is, it was indeed splendid dinner we had. It’s a must try and I highly recommend it to everyone. It will not fail your expectations and will surprise you for something you haven’t expected just like me. A family friendly place with a free access to wifi and valet parking for guests. It’s a place that you’ll be coming back for more!
* AED 125 with soft beverages , AED225 with selected beverages