our all-time favorite mandi restaurant in dubai is tawasol, but sometimes it’s nice to try new places.
having said that, full credit goes to my mr. khairul who always geared up to find new places and try new stuff. this time we tried mandi rice at ‘najd restaurant’ in al murar, deira souq, opposite hyatt regency.
it’s just a small, simple restaurant and quite congested. the tables are pretty bulky for such narrow space. rush hour must be a real pain for both patrons and serving staff! also there are no family area at ‘najd restaurant’. well, no matter. the good food made up for it!
we ordered the grilled chicken with our mandi rice. the soft beads of rice itself is as delicious as any mandi rice should be. however, the chicken was a tad too ‘grilled’ for my liking – resulting in a more charred parts which gives the chicken a slight bitter taste. however, the rest of the chicken is marinated well and pretty yummy.
the lamb was good. tender, juicy – an A plus!
my boy khaleef enjoying lentil soup – his must-have everytime we go to a mandi restaurant.
the plate of veggies is well enough – leafy ulam and sliced cucumbers and carrots.
the chilli-tomato paste. delicious!
yeap, these are their hardworking waiters – don’t let the relaxed pose fool you – they’re always on the move, handing out plates and taking orders into the small window at the side.
unlike the waiters at tawasol or bait al-mandi, the waiters at ‘najd restaurant’ don’t wear uniforms. i don’t have any complains as long as they’re neat, but we have to admit it IS more presentable to have uniformed staff. furthermore, it’s easier for customers to ‘detect’ the staff should they need any help!
my boys LOVE mandi rice!
the place doesn’t have any distinct characteristic of a middle east restaurant – just a simple makan place that serves good mandi rice. the food is fine enough, but i’ll stick to tawasol for the best mandi rice, and bait al-mandi for the best grilled chicken mandi rice!
..unless you wanna try a new place…