Food and drink
Indian and Pakistani food that arrives quick, cheap and is (usually) excellent. There are probably a few dishes on the menu you might want to avoid (I think there's a 'brain' on there somewhere), but the classics are all great. Sadly, it's unlicensed, although this would push the prices up considerably.
I particularly like the chicken kadai, a rather fiery Pakistani speciality fried in a special pot with onions and tomatoes.
Extremely informal, as suggested by the plastic chairs and tables. It's popular with Asian expats - many of whom live in the area - plus Western expats who like a good, cheap curry. This might not be the spot to take a date, unless you're trying to suggest that you're someone of international tastes. Or you're skint.
While not served with the same panache or cheery grin you get Dubai's high-end eateries, the food does come quickly. And when you're hungry, that's all that matters.
Karachi Darbar sits in the heart of the Karama market, just over the road from the stalls selling fake bags and watches. If you're lost, most people in the area will know where it is.
This is where Karachi Darbar wins. Most mains cost around 10-18 dirhams. It's so cheap that you can way over do it on the ordering (as often happens) and still find that a meal for three of you has come to 60 dirhams.
There are several other branches across Dubai, the most well-placed being in Satwa, Bur Dubai and Deira. Check the website for details.
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