Satwa Roundabout, Dubai
- Recommended for:
- Families with teenagers, Nightlife
Best for Cheap eats - Expert review of Ravi's Restaurant
The bustling district of Satwa may be some way from the glittering five-stars that Dubai is better known by. But it's awash with cheap eateries and the home of the UAE-renowned Ravi's, which has been keeping the population well fed for years. Of all the restaurants in Dubai, Ravi's is the place most former residents remember with fondness.
It's almost exclusively Indian and Pakistani grub here, with plenty of meat, curries and a good selection of breads.
The dish most favoured dish among Dubai expats is the butter chicken, the secret ingredients of which are subject to much speculation. Quite simply, it is fantastic. The tandoori chicken, and dal tadkar is also excellent, but it's difficult to move away from the butter chicken once you've had a taste.
Ravi's is extremely informal, with plastic chairs, paper placemats and decor about as basic as you could imagine. That said, come evening, it's almost always bustling with activity, the tables indoors and outdoors on the street jammed tight with all walks of life, including tourists, locals and families.
Friendly, if a little lacklustre at times. You'll probably have to ask a few times for the bill. Your dishes might arrive a few minutes apart. You won't care.
Ravi's is just off Satwa roundabout, at the start of a street bustling with cheap neon lights and plenty of traffic.
Extremely cheap. The butter chicken, despite a few price hikes over the years (Ravi's has clearly gotten wind of its popularity) costs 18 dirhams and is the most expensive thing on the menu. For a group, you'll almost always be gobsmacked at how economical it was when the bill comes.
More information on Ravi's Restaurant:
- Price guide:
- Satwa Roundabout, Dubai
- Lunch, Dinner
- Opening times:
- Generally, Noon till 1am.
- Accepts Credit Cards:
- Not possible
- Free tags / Keywords:
- Cheap eats