Sometimes the most satisfying food-fix is of the cheap and cheerful variety. Satwa, home to real life tailoring-fairies (take any item of clothing and they’ll replicate it stitch-for-stitch – I recommend Dream Girls), epic samosas, craft shops galore (buttons, ribbon, wool, studs, sequins – you name it and they’ve almost definitely got it), Cactus Cantina (who in their right mind would refuse 4 margaritas for 100 dirhams?!), and of course Ravi’s – my go-to Pakistani restaurant in Dubai.
Appearance-wise Ravi’s is certainly nothing special, but the food is delicious and costs mere peanuts. I recommend the butter chicken, the daal and the mutton jalfrezi with a selection of naan and paratha. You can generously feed 4 for well under 100 dirhams. Bargain or what? The staff are friendly and will recommend dishes, the food is served on quirky technicolour plates, and if you get a table outside you can soak up Satwa’s bustling evening buzz. Only downside? It’s unlicensed. But I have already told you about Cactus Cantina, which is conveniently walking distance – so for all you alcoholics out there, fear not.
You won’t find your average tourist eating at Ravi’s, because it’s not the kind of place you find in a holiday brochure. This hidden gem has been unearthed over the years through word of mouth, and I assure you that once you make your inaugural visit, not unlike Mr. Schwarzenegger, you’ll be back. And just in case you thought it couldn’t get any better, there are a number of other Ravi’s outlets including a second in Satwa and one in Karama. What could you possibly be waiting for? Jump aboard your preferred method of transportation and do it. Happy munching y’all.