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Meatless Monday at Govinda’s – Indian vegetarian restaurant in Dubai

Govinda's Dubai

Update: This branch of Govinda’s is now closed

Monday, we went to Govinda’s in Jumeirah for lunch. I’ve been there once before at an Indian friend’s birthday party, and I’ve been eager to go back. The Indian food at Govinda’s is 100% vegetarian, and because of religious beliefs, garlic and onions aren’t used either.

I wanted to have the same dish I tried the last time I was there. It was a paneer dish with a buttery red sauce, but I didn’t remember the name of it. After describing the dish to the waiter, he told me that it was most likely the Paneer Makhanwala I was after, so this was what I ordered. Paneer is a kind of fresh cheese, which is cut into cubes and used in a variety of dishes. I’ve really developed a taste for it after moving to Dubai, and at Indian restaurants, I usually prefer paneer dishes to dishes with meat.

We were the only guests in the restaurant, and the service was a little overwhelming, with staff eager to fill up glasses and serve more food on our plate all the time. I would have preferred a less intrusive service, but they were really sweet, and I’m sure they meant well.

Whenever we visit vegetarian restaurants, Poul is always worried that he will not get full. I wonder if Govinda’s had read his mind, because the bowl of quinoa biryani he had, was enormous, and he couldn’t even finish half of it. We had the leftovers to go, and it was enough to serve as a dinner for both of us.

Here’s what we also had:

Condiments: Lime, pickles and a green sauce.

As a snack, we had masala papad, which is a thin, crispy bread garnished with a mix of tomatoes, herbs and spices. Together with the green sauce, it was delicious.

The Paneer Makhanwala at Govinda’s Dubai was really nice. Cubes of paneer in a creamy, mild sauce. 

Butter naan. Always a winner

Mukhwas. The Indian version of an after dinner mint. A mouth freshening snack served at the end of the meal. 

Another nice Indian restaurant in Dubai is Farzi Cafe at City Walk

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