Mohalla is located at Design District.

When we received an invitation to review Mohalla, the latest Indian restaurant in D3, we were quick to pick a date and head on over. The word Mohalla carries a similar meaning in multiple languages (Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Uzbekistani) of “my neighborhood” or “my community” and so it inspired the meaning behind Mohalla, an ode to the community neighborhoods of India.

We loved the authentic decor-there is also outdoor seating including traditional Indian style beds that look very inviting. Inside the ceiling is decorated with rugs and the main wall is covered with a mural by a local Indian artist depicting a typical street scene with fruit vendors and men on bicycles.

The extensive menu caters to all hunger levels-depending on how famished you are, you can try small plates or then large plates. As a group of three, we picked an array of dishes from both sections. We began with the highly recommend calamari koliwada (55 AED)-deep fried calamari coated in spiced and served with a green chutney.

We then went all out and ordered a few dishes from the main menu. We began with the lauki dalcha (35 AED), a simple but tasty dish made with bottle gourd and lentils that we wiped clean with flakey parathas. The Rayalaseema prawn curry (69 AED) is a coastal dish which we scooped up with a side of appams. The Chettinadu Prawn biryani (55 AED) was exploding with flavor and we packed the leftovers and enjoyed it at dinner.

The meal was delightful and although we would have loved to try the traditional desserts with a side of chai, we had no space for it. We plan on returning very soon to try the breakfast menu that includes some of our favoruites like masala French toast and masala dosa.

Building 5, Ground Floor, Dubai Design District
Phone: 800 MOHALLA (800 664 2552)
Opening Hours: Open Daily from 9am – 11pm


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