We love Mandi and we have found one of the best places in Dubai that serves the carbilicious Khaleeji dish.
Yes we are willing to share this with you, Zam Zam Mandi restaurant by Deira City Centre.
Although the dish is highly popular in the Gulf, the general consensus is that the dish came from Yemen (some may argue otherwise).
For those of you who may not know, Mandi is usually made from rice, meat (lamb or chicken), and a mixture of spices. The main thing which differentiates Mandi from other meat dishes is that the meat is cooked in the tandoor, which is a special kind of oven. The tandoor is usually a hole dug in the ground and covered inside by clay.
To cook mandi, dry wood is placed in the tandoor and burned to generate a lot of heat turning the wood into charcoal. The meat is then suspended inside the tandoor without touching the charcoal. After that, the whole tandoor is closed but an air vent is given to remove excess smoke. Raisins, pine nuts, or peanuts can be added to the rice as per one’s taste to give the dish that vital texture and added flavours.
One of the reasons for our love of Zam Zam Mandi restaurant is their choice of spices that they add to the rice.
True to the culture of Khaleeji cuisine and dining the Mandi traditionally eaten by hand, sitting on the floor in a majlis-style area. So if you’re going to a restaurant like Zam Zam Mandi, do not expect a 5 star fancy experience. Having said that, the staff are very friendly and helpful.
At AED 25 per dish, we definitely think it is great value for money.
9/10 for sure! See Zomato link here.