Restaurant Review:
Moombai & Co.

H Hotel
​Dubai

Nostalgia and quirk are rife at Moombai, a flamboyant gastrobar that has opened its doors in the heart of Dubai. Mixing Indian cuisine with the very popular Parsi café culture, Moombai & Co., brings forth the sass and individuality that restaurants in olden day Mumbai were known to have.  The licensed restaurant sits pretty at the H Hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road and is a wide, polychromatic space with old Bollywood movie posters and other fun artworks embroidering the walls and the menu too. The lavish seating, food and drink presentations, and sprawling bar are also odes to Mumbai of the past. As we stepped into the restaurant, we couldn’t help but feel like we were part of a Bollywood movie from the 70s. With some help from the cordial servers, we made our way through the extensive menu and here is what we had at our tasting. But wait! Before we dive into everything we ate, we have to mention that we started our meal with some refreshing ICE GOLAS, or Indian slush; one flavored with pomegranate and lime and the other in lemony Kala Khatta!

  • Akuri Cheese Toast: Scrambled Eggs On Toast, Topped With Cheese
  • Tareli Kolmi: Ginger And Garlic Marinated Prawns Flavored With Curry Leaves And Fried.
  • Murgh Malai Tikka: A Delicate Chicken Prepared In White Marinade With Yoghurt And Cheese
  • Hari Mirch Ka Jhinga: Mumbai Is Known For Its Thecha, A Ground Chilly Mix With Garlic And Spices, Jumbo Prawns Marinated In Thecha Beore It Sees The Open Charcoal Fire
  • Mutton Boti Roll: Mouth Melting Lamb Cubes Rolled In Thin Rumali Roti
  • Chaap Lababdar: Lamb Chops Marinated With Natural Tenderizers And Coriander Chilli Mix. Cooked To Perfection.
  • Patra Ni Machhi: A Parsi Favorite, Fish Wrapped In Banana Leaf Topped With Green Chutney And Steamed.
  • Nalli Nihari With Mini Keema Samosa: A Chosen Classic From Mumbai Bhendi Bazar, Lamb Shanks Cooked For Hours On Slow Flame With Aromatic Spices. Poured Over Small Mini Lamb Mince Samosas.
  • Garlic & Cheese Naan: Crusted Garlic And Cheese Filled Naan
  • Sheermal: A Leavened Flour Bread With Saffron And Cardamom Powder. Goes Best With Nihari.
  • Chicken Berry Biryani: Tender Chicken And Aromatic Long Grain Basmati Rice Cooked On Dum With Lots Of Berries.
  • Kachumber Raita With Pomegranate
  • Baked Gulab Jamun: Gulab Jamun Baked With Rabdi
  • Kulfi Falooda: Creamy Reduced Milk Kulfi With Sweet Noodles And Rose Syrup

Where do we start? Everything was so flavorful and although neither of us hail from or have lived in Mumbai, we could definitely see or rather taste why Irani/Parsi cafes enjoy the popularity that they do. The Akuri cheese toast, while simple, was such a cheesy treat, while the fried prawns appealed to both, seafood lover and not. The lamb dishes were cooked perfectly and stayed away from the one main issue that the meat usually faces; being chewy. The berries on the Biryani were quite a nice touch and the Sheermal captured our hearts! Honestly it was bread that we could eat on its own and multiple of! Absolutely delicious. We paired the food with lively cocktails from the bar. Our hearty meal was followed by robust desserts; the baked Gulab Jamun with Rabdi and Kulfi falooda. While the Kulfi falooda was decent and like it usually is, the creamy Baked Gulab Jamun and rabdi had us licking our platters clean!

Mumbai of the 70s comes alive at Moombai and co. and we cannot encourage you enough to go try the scrumptious delicacies on offer. Go with an empty stomach if you want to make the most of your visit.
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