Ravi's Restaurant

Address: Satwa Roundabout, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4.3

Fantastically cheap, extremely popular, and the best butter chicken around.

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.

Food and drink
3.9
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Service
3.5
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Food and drink
3.9
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Value for money
4.5
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Ambience
4.1
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Location
3.9
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Food and drink

It's almost exclusively Indian and Pakistani grub here, with plenty of meat, curries and a good selection of breads. 

Recommended dishes

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. 

Ambience

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.  

Service

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.  

Location

Ravi's is just off Satwa roundabout, at the start of a street bustling with cheap neon lights and plenty of traffic.  

Price advice

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. 

Recommended for

  • Families with teenagers
  • Nightlife

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