Urban Tadka is reminiscent of street style Indian food stalls. The queue of people, the jostling for “My turn for panipuri, i was first in line”, the cashier shouting to servers asking what was eaten by the customers. It is a good experience for a chaat place.
Ambiance: It is bang on the street. They do have a restaurant inside but I haven’t been there. There is a seating area on the pavement. But, you have to sit out even in summers & that might be a irritant to some people.
Service: Service is pretty quick as most of the dishes are half ready & they have to assemble them. The staff is also very friendly & love to serve people with a smile.
My pick here are 2 dishes: Bhajia Pav & Kothimbir Wadi.
Bhajia = Onion Pakoras (batter fried onions) which is stuffed generously (almost falling out) inside a chutney smeared pav. The Bhajia are one of the better ones in Dubai & the fried green chillies add a hot zing to the food.
The Kothimbir Wadi is steamed gram flour & coriander which is then deep fried. What I love about them in Urban Tadka is they are small bite size pieces with the filling correctly moist & not dry.
The Vada Pav is also decent, however would love some flavour punch in the Vada filling.
The Pani Puri is decent as well. Ask them for a small plate of chopped onions & add them to your pani puri. What differentiates them from most other Panipuris is the use of Ragada (White peas) in true Mumbai fashion & not the boondi filling.
The downside was the other chaat namely the Ragada Pattice which had a very insipid potato mash fried & presented as Pattice.
Pricing: Super pocket friendly for a chaat place in Dubai.
Final Verdict: Give it a try for the street side experience of chaat & the Bhajia Pav/Kothimbir Wadi.