Savor the nostalgia of traditional Awadhi cuisine at this Dubai restaurant
When it comes to food, we all know it’s a proven way to preserve the true heritage of a culture from one generation to the next. So when a restaurant puts this out there, you know you’re in for a delicious, nostalgia-filled ride. Ashiana, which reopened on March 15, offers exactly that and more. In a new avatar, the restaurant flaunts fresh interiors, while retaining its old-world charm, drawing diners in for an immersive culinary stroll. An award-winning restaurant that has grown alongside the city’s growth, Ashiana has been serving traditional Awadhi dishes for over 30 years in Dubai’s Garhoud district. Although different from Mughlai cuisine, Awadhi flavors lay claim to the traditional culinary heritage of the city of Nawabs, Lucknow, India.
What is fascinating is that the place preserves Awadhi classics such as Lucknowi Galouti Kebabs, Tangdi Kebabs, Bharwan Seekh Kebabs, while introducing fun and modern concepts such as Quinoa Kebabs and Pinwheel Samosa. For starters, we started with the cult North Indian food AKA chaat, kicking off our dining experience with their Gol Gappa (read Panipuri). While Awadhi cuisine is known for its succulent meat flavors, there are plenty of vegetarian options to balance meat dishes. . Their Quinoa Kebab gives stiff competition to its meat counterparts and the Tulsi Paneer Tikka offers melt-in-your-mouth basil sautéed cottage cheese with a nice kick.
Their main course is also filled with exquisite Awadhi dishes, some of which are hard to find on Dubai’s otherwise vast food scene. Dishes like Awadhi Ghosht Dum Biryani, Lucknowi Raan and Laal Maas will delight those yearning to experience the traditional flavors of these famous dishes. Their signature Ashiana Dal Maharani is a must for those of you who visit this restaurant. Slow-cooked urad dal (black lentils) and rajma (red beans) enriched with sour cream and ghee (clarified butter) are their star dish, bringing the authentic Awadhi experience of cooking with the luxury of time, with a constant attention to finer details. Finally, don’t miss their fusion dessert concepts that delicately combine oriental flavors with western preparations. Whether it’s the Rasmalai cheesecake or the saffron and cardamom creme brulee, they cover all your sugar cravings.