The quest to find a good North Indian cuisine serving restaurant in UAE is a long drawn one. I have tried & tested a lot of them but somewhere never to seem to find the perfect one. The quest led me to 25 degrees North.A quirky name, some good reviews & a craving for Punjabi food made us visit this bookmarked outlet finally.It is located in Business Bay which is fast becoming the housing for new & fresh restaurant concepts
Ambiance: If there was such a concept as boutique restaurants, 25 Degrees North would classify as one. The place is done in a very classy way with fine upholstery, lights & cutlery. Special points to the outdoor area of the restaurant which is essentially small water bodies with a large walking area around it. Very helpful with kids who want to play while your food arrives.
Service: Warm, friendly & timely. The manager came up to chat about the food & also got in something special for our Little Critic. Food & a mouse bouchée were served in time & plates were cleared in time.
We were served papads & 4 chutney/dips at the start in an interesting presentation.
Dahi Bhalla amouse bouchée: This was a perfect start to the meal. Sweet creamy yogurt with soft bhallas broken up & topped up with pomegranate seeds & crispy sev. Gets the palate salivating for the food…
Tandoori Lamb Chops: Very well done up Lamb Chops marinated with the right amount of spice. Only it could have done with less char on the meat.
Jaljeera: A spicy mint based drink that was too salty & spoiled my palate for the rest of the meal. The Manager offered to replace it for me, but by then the damage was done.
Buttermilk shot: Helped clean the palate again before the mains.
Chicken Tikka Masala: Succulent pieces of chicken in a tangy & slightly spicy gravy. Very good!
Paneer Kulcha: The paneer kulcha was soft yet not too chewy. However, the cottage cheese filling was a little pasty & could have done with a more crumbled up filling.
Pricing: 135 Dhs for a the above meal for 2. Moderately priced.
Final Verdict: The restaurant serves Punjabi food which is good, need to work a bit on the finer aspects to make it taste great.