INVITED REVIEW: Time for Tandoori in The Californian (Dusit Thani Dubai)


I was excited to finally got an invite from Dusit Thani Dubai for one of their famous restaurants which is The Californian restaurant. You’ll find Dusit Thani along Sheikh Zayed Road nearby the Financial Centre Metro Station. You can easily make a parking just outside the area. The restaurant is in the 24th floor on the right side once you’re out from the elevator. They have Night themed offers in this restaurant just like when we went there it was Sunday for dinner, it was Tandoori theme.

Spectacular view from the glass window

We were lead and seated near the glass window. It’s an excellent spot while eating for the Burj Khalifa and the road view dazzling with lights. It’s a spectacular view while extremely enjoying our food. I was wondering before why it has to be on 24th floor wherein normally restaurants are on the ground or mezzanine floor. Now we know why!

Pani Puri, Fresh Veggies and some herbs

I was overwhelmed looking at the Pani Puri station! You know why? It’s my favourite! My eyes were sparkling looking at them and I was not able to help myself and I requested them to make for me (because I don’t know how to put those stuffings inside). While waiting I took some other dishes. I was extremely curious how they taste so I took one scoop of everything trying to fit them in one plate ( though I can come back for mor✌). All I can say their Speciality Indian Chef is absolutely amazing. Captivating every minute taste of each dishes and making it at the same time a huge compliment as a whole. I can remember some of them like the Fish Biryani, Mushroom Pulao, Lamb Gosht, Stir-fried bindi, prawn masala, fried fish, etc. The tandoori station has the chicken, lamb kebab and prawns too. Some yoghurt and other dressings were placed in front of them so you can try and relish different taste of it. The vegetable station is filled with freshly cut vegetables which is beside the Pani Puri station.


Let me highlight one more dish here where we were able to talk about it with one Chef from Kerala “The Dhay Baray” ! The dahl was soaked in water for a day making it more soft and easily to mash it down. Mixing it with salt and some herbs and keeping on mixing until it will become a paste. Then they mold it in round shape with a small hole in the middle and fry. They will just add them in, in a plain yoghurt crowning with some powder on top like chili powder, coriander, etc to make it more presentable. My husband who’s even so picky when it comes to this kind of food was left awed with so much praises on how it was made.

The usage of some clay pots and banana leaves on the buffet makes it so traditional especially the dayorama of Taj Mahal that was placed on the entrance. It enhances their theme which focuses on Indian culture. It was indeed a lovely evening and we had a wonderful dinner in this place. It’s a must try for you all if you haven’t yet especially to those Indian cuisine lover. You’re missing this if you will just stick to your usual place of dining.

Dayorama of Taj Mahal

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This place is perfect for families also, with free wifi access as well just ask for the access code in the reception of the restaurant.

I was served with cappuccino before I left 😍

The Californian Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato



  1. The choice of the menu for the buffet looks really good. A really good range of dishes from all over the sub continent. Never been there. Really hope to visit and check it out. Thanks for the lovely review.

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  2. After reading your review I am excited to win your competition to taste all delicious menu and specially tandoori station and dahi bhlay my most favorite


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