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Zafran does full justice to it’s revamped menu and artsy decor

Award winning Zafran Indian Bistro in Mirdif City Centre have recently revamped their interiors and menu and done full justice to it. And thanks to the Blogger Managed Event by @DoInDubai, we had a chance to experience it.

Step inside it’s lavish setting and you will forget you are in a mall! From private seating, an open seating area and even a bar like setup wherein you can sit on bar seats to dine, this Indian restaurant just upped it’s game.

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After being greeted with much warmth and a beautiful welcome drink made of rose and lime which was refreshing, sweet and tangy, we dug into some crisp poppadums with really delicious and unique chutneys. From a beetroot pickle to a mint chutney, this selection even had a uniquely made mix with watermelon rind and spices which surprisingly tasted really good! Everything is made in house and you could taste the high quality from their condiments itself.

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Then came our beautiful Amuse Bouche of Watermelon with light feta which was so refreshing to the taste buds.

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Our appetizers consisted of the yummiest Aloo Tikki Chole I have had. Flat potato patties which are shallow fried to a crisp in oil were served amongst a bed of chickpea gravy which is generally a very popular street food in Delhi and Mumbai. Not a lot of places make it well usually ending up with only either one of the items being good and not the combination of both together. Here, however, the chole were made with the right spices and were very flavourful and so were the tikkis. Alongside this we were given yoghurt dumplings deep fried and these were soft and succulent almost like yoghurt kebabs. I highly recommend both these dishes!

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For those who like their paneer tikka’s and potato tikka’s, here was a big veg platter which served all kinds of tastebuds. Grilled well and bursting with flavour, it consisted of paneer tikka, stuffed potato and barbecued broccoli.

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To help us wash all this down, a cold appetizer of papdi chaat was served. Papdi chaat is traditionally prepared using crisp fried dough wafers known as papdi, along with boiled chick peas, boiled potatoes, yogurt and tamarind chutney and topped with chaat masala and sev. The papdi are typically prepared with refined white flour and ghee or oil. Mint, cilantro and spices may also be used. The dish has sweet, sour, tangy and spicy flavors and a creamy and crunchy texture. 

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The Main Course was a beautiful assortment of Palak Paneer, Bombay Potato Masala, Raita, Vegetable Biryani, Daal Makhani and Naan. I honestly recommend all these dishes. The daal was perfect and not too heavy. The potato (my favorite) was not too spicy and had a nice thick masala coating over it. The naans, soft and fluffy and the biryani, flavorful and fragrant. And check out that gigantic heart shaped naan that was one of the highlights of the evening!

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To view the opening of the Biryani, head on over to my Instagram and check out the below video there.

To end our brilliant meal was this dessert platter, apt for a gathering who want to taste a little of everything. It consisted of (L-R) Kulfi, Gulab Jamun (the most liked), Gajar Ka Halwa and Ras Malai.

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And to make our evening even better, we were gifted these cue typical Indian style spice steel boxes which absolutely made our day!

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In all, I would say if you go here for a cozy dinner or a big gathering, it will be an evening well spent 🙂

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