Girls’ Supper Club: Manvaar – Rajasthani in Karama

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Manvaar, Dubai Restaurant
Manvaar Restaurant – Karama, Dubai

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:

Manvaar, Dubai Restaurant
Entrance to Manvaar Restaurant

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.

Fresh Lime Soda
I think this was a lemony drink with black salt

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.



Mutton Biryani
Mutton Biryani

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…

…and then spooned the dal mixture over it

Paneer? – Cottage Cheese Dumpling in a Cashew Sauce

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.

Accompaniments and out-of-place sauce container

I’m not exactly sure which dish this was but BJ, who had ordered the dish, described it as a spicy German spaetzle.

Dal Makhani? – it looked and tasted like a spicy German spaetzle

With all the food, cutlery, and crockery, we were running out of room on the table!

Manvaar 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 bill
Manvaar bill

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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  1. It all looks yummy, looks like a place to try 🙂 Just back from eating loads of Rajasthani food at a wedding in India and all of it was delicious! Hoping to post about it soon – mainly so I don't forget what all the stuff I ate was called 🙂

    1. I loved the daal bhati too – I'm so glad the waiter showed us how it was supposed to be eaten because we would have never know. such a great restaurant!

  2. I LOVE Manvaar! Funny I too still have my photos and receipt set aside, so I can write up my review – am sure I’ve forgotten all the dishes so am hoping we ordered the same thing 🙂

  3. Yeah I always dread not blogging on time because when and if I finally do, I forget half of what I ordered and details of taste.

    Yeah the lemon drink probably had salt and black pepper – it's quite a traditional drink to have and one of my favourites.

    The image with the "?" caption looks like a mixed kabab plate to me…

    The cottage cheese dumpling means it's a paneer dish, not sure which one though.

    The dal thingy is probably the Dal Makhani…veggies look about right.

    I do like Manvaar as well…been a while since I went there 🙂

    1. Wow, thanks Dee for your brilliant help!

      I'm still working on my NY rez to clear out old posts and am making some headway on it.

      Hiding my camera helps so I don't take any pictures that need to be posted 😉