In the busy by lanes of Bur Dubai & Karama exist the Who’s Who of Indian specialty cuisines. One of them is the traditional Indian Thali for which there are already many names in the market. Revival offers the Thali experience along with an a la carte menu. It is located on Rolla Road behind Al Khaleej Centre in Mankhool, Dubai.
Ambiance: A well lit place with spaced out seating. You are greeted at the door with “Bhoji”, the mascot for Indian food. The various names written in a Sanskrit font adds in to the Indian feel for the place.
Service: For a good Thali experience, great service is tantamount to the quality of food. They started off well but after the initial serving, the servers just weren’t present anymore. For a good 5-6 mins, we waited for someone to serve the next helping which was kind of a bummer.
The overall food quality was good. There were a few hits & miss along the way.
Masala Chaas which was perfect blended yogurt with right amount of spice kick.
The crushed papad & peanuts mix added a nice crunch to proceedings.
Dal Makhani is unusual in a Thali experience but it was good nevertheless.
The Moong Usal was cooked perfect home style.
Mango shrikhand was creamy silky & full of mango flavor. Favorite dessert of the night!
Accompaniment Platter: With 5 dips like pickles, yoghurt, tamarind chutney, coriander chutney & raw mango chutney, this was a great accompaniment.
Rasam Vada in appetizer was a misfit both in terms of cuisine & flavor.
Khichdi needed to be mashed up into the perfect consistency.
Motichur had an overpowering flavor & fragrance of rose water, very unusual for Motichur.
Pricing: 33 Dhs per person. Very reasonably priced.
Final Verdict: The Thali served is good. Service needs to improve a bit.