Moombai & Co is a casual dining restaurant located on the ground floor of The H Dubai, a 5-star hotel in Trade Centre area on Sheikh Zayed road. Once you step in, the décor immediately grabs your attention with Bollywood-inspired posters and famous dialogues decorating the walls.
The bar is well stocked and makes a lovely background for photographs with its curved bricked ceiling. The café-style interior is chic, and tables are placed in compliance with the current C-19 regulations. Through the restaurant, one can venture out into their outdoor dining space, which is perfect during the winter months in Dubai.
The menu offers traditional Parsi cuisine along with other Indian favourites. Expect nostalgic dishes with new fashioned flare. The place is also child friendly as they have non-smoking dining areas.
We started off with something to drink while our starters were being prepared. The hubster tried Crawford Market, a soon-to-be-launched whiskey-based drink, named after one of South Mumbai’s, most famous markets. Crawford Market is an invigorating blend of whiskey and brewed teas with a strong refreshing orangey aroma. My lil was specially served Coconut Mango Colada (non-alcoholic) in a coconut which he gulped down in seconds!! I went old school but not completely with a Strawberry Mojito mocktail.
For starters we had Roasted Corn Bhel, Malai Chicken Tikka and Mini Dosas. Roasted Corn Bhel consisted of puffed corn, peanuts, salad veggies, and pomegranate with a tangy tamarind chilli dressing. It was a perfect starter to munch on and definitely one to order with the drinks. Chicken Malai Tikka is a favourite amongst the Indians and no wonder why. Tender, juicy, perfectly grilled boneless pieces of marinated chicken was a delight to bite into. The Mini Dosas with three different fillings was a pleasant surprise for my tastebuds. The dosas were crisp with a lovely ghee flavour and served with traditional coconut chutney. The fillings were Hyderabadi Lamb Kheema, Chettinad Pulled Pepper Chicken and the classic potato mash.
Next, we tried Dabba Lunch which is part of their corporate lunch menu and priced at AED 49/- only. It’s a complete package with roti, rice, a small starter, salad, dal, 2 curries and dessert. Love the pricing and also loved how it was served. The curries and rice came in brightly coloured dabbas (lunch boxes), reminiscent of olden days. The curries, Chicken Tikka Masala and Kadai Paneer, were delectable while dal makhana failed to impress. Gulab Jamun was soft and not overly sweet and would have done well with a bit more of the syrup.
Last but not the least, we had two desserts, Rasmalai Milk Cake for us and Blackened Barfi Tart, specially made for the kiddo. They do know how to take good care of their customers. Rabdi soaked soft Rasmalai Milk Cake topped with cream and pistachio crumbs was a delight though the highlight was the Blackened Barfi Tart. The warm milk tart with maple sugar topped with vanilla ice-cream was a match made in heaven.
Our experience was made memorable by the prompt service and impeccable hospitality by the staff especially Mr. Ajit.