FOOD REVIEW: Nawab – a must-try one-stop resto for grills to gravy!

Located at Jebel Ali Recreation Club, this community restaurant gets a tick in all dine-out boxes, writes Aakanksha Naval-Shetye

What makes a dine-out fun? Great food, good music and a relaxed ambience, right! Well, Nawab certainly gets a tick on all these above boxes. We headed to Nawab on a really pleasant evening, so we were thrilled to see that besides the indoor seating, the restaurant has a lovely outdoor area too and that’s where we grabbed our table. Nestled in this serene area, we enjoyed the city-lights, as well as being away from the city-rush. The restaurant boasts of LIVE music on all days, except Tuesdays. And the delightful mix of Bollywood songs from the current crop to the 70s classics seemed quite a hit with the crowds. And though we were seated outside, the songs kept us entertained all through.

The cooler clime naturally makes one crave for the comfort of the hot grills and gravies. And Indian Mughlai is an obvious choice. While Nawab does serve more than just the Mughlai cuisine, that includes Indian-style Chinese, we opted for the North-style dishes with the much-loved chaats.


We were totally sold on trying out the Shakarkandi Ki Chat (roasted sweet potatoes seasoned with chaat masala and garnished with some desi sweet toppings). And this was certainly worth a try. Highly recommend this one. To balance out the taste, we next tried the Pani Puri and Dahi Batata Puri. Having begun on a sweet note – we moved to the grills. And seekh kebab was next. Well-done, it was slightly on the spicier side.

For the main course, we opted for a South delicacy – the Chettinad Prawn Curry (prawns cooked in a spicy coconut gravy blended with spices from Tamil Nadu) which we had with the Garlic Naan. For rice, we went for the Hyderabadi Mutton Biryani and it was delicious. Well-cooked, it’s definitely a must-try for biryani-lovers.

This amazing food experience was rounded up with a dessert that made it a truly Nawabi affair! We tried The Spiced Rose – pink rose kulfi topped with masala rabdi and sprinkled with crispy basil seeds. The dessert tastes as good as it looks.


The quantity serves two perfectly with a little more on the upper limits.

Spacious and beautifully lit, the ambience is relaxed.

Reasonably priced for a fun dining experience, it won’t burn a hole in your pockets for sure.

The staff is courteous and the service prompt. 

Our Verdict
Perfect for an ideal family outing or a fun dine-out with friends.



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