The girls’ supper club held our Christmas celebration and gift-exchange this year at Manvaar – a Rajasthani restaurant in Karama.
You enter the restaurant through this fabulous-looking heavy wooden door:
Inside, warm lighting and even warmer waiters greeted us and led us to our table in the back. We had hoped to tuck ourselves away in a corner in case our holiday revelry got out of hand.
The walls were adorned with artwork and images that I would guess are from Rajasthan (which, I learned, is the largest state in India).
For drinks, I ordered either a salty “Fresh Lime Soda” or a “Shikanji” – one of them had black salt but I can’t remember which one it was. It basically tasted like eating (well, in this case, drinking) fruit with salt and reminded me of my parents’ tendency to add salt to their fresh strawberries and pineapple.
An appetizer of bean sprouts to be scooped up with poppadoms:
We ordered a few dishes off the “Rajasthani Special” page. Some vegetarian: Bariya, Dal-Bati-Churma; and some non-veg: Lal Mans, Methi Chicken.
From the regular menu, we ordered Dal Makhani, Malai Kofta, Paneer Makhani, Shahi Paneer for the vegetarian stuff. Then Dahi Chicken, Mutton Biryani, Mutton Roganosh for the meaty stuff.
The mutton biryani was a little dry for me although it was flavored with lots of crunchy ginger which was interesting.
We all enjoyed most of the dishes and would love to visit the restaurant again.
Dal-Bati-Churma: The waiter teared up the Churma (wheat dumplings) for us…
I must confess that sometimes with the chutneys and pickles and these limes and red onions, I don’t know what to do with them.
If the red sauce container below looks out of place at a Rajasthani restaurant, like it belongs more in a Japanese joint, that’s because it’s not part of Manvaar’s crockery set at all.
It was from one of the Christmas present that we had unwrapped.
I’m not exactly sure which dish this was but BJ, who had ordered the dish, described it as a spicy German spaetzle.
With all the food, cutlery, and crockery, we were running out of room on the table!
We are one classy bunch aren’t we to bring our own camping table and ice chest to a restaurant to display our holiday presents:
Actually, my friend BJ was returning these borrowed items to me that night and we just put them to good use.
The bill came to 461 dhs ($125) and there was 10 of us so it was great value for money.
Manvaar – flavors of rajasthan: Community 318, Corner of Street 20B & 47C, Near Karama Fish and Vegetable Market. Telephone: +971 (04) 336 8332. Delivery available.
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