Happiness is a cup of tea. I certainly believe that. A cup of tea makes everything better.
My friends and me were in a mood to have some Karak Chai. So one early noon we headed towards Karak House. It was our first time at Karak House. As it was early afternoon, we decided to have lunch as well.
The location of Karak House is at the very stylish and happening part of Dubai, that is the Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard in Downtown Dubai. It is very easy to get there, Karak House is next to the Al Manzil Hotel.
The ambience is nice and bright. It is a simple and elegant looking restaurant with high ceiling. It is a small restaurant . But done up tastefully. The interiors are Arabic inspired. We loved the shelves stacked with Kitchen accessories. The view is great, as it faces the boulevard.
As we decided to have lunch, we all agreed that we will have their famous Karak chai in the end, after we finish our lunch.
We started off with mocktails. We had Blue Mojito and watermelon Frost.
Blue Mojito had fresh lime, mint, 7-up and blue Curaçao. The Watermelon Frost had watermelon chunks, fresh mint and lemon Sorbet. The mocktails were ok, nothing extraordinary.
Both of my friends and me are vegetarians. So we ordered only vegetarian food.
We ordered Fattoush Karak style as our salad. It was excellent. It was light and flavorful.
Next we ordered Hummus medley. It had Variety of hummus, the usual chickpea hummus, as well as hummus made with beetroot, avocado and dates. The medley had muhammara, baba ghanoush and Arabic bread. This was also very good. We couldn’t wait to try our next dish.
We had Beetroot Falafel Saj next. The falafel was made with beetroot. It had goat curd dressing and pickled vegetables. Oh boy, it was amazing.
Though they didn’t have vegetable Biryani in their menu. They still made it for us. It was good, but it could have been better if it had more spice.
Though we were stuffed, we had to order a dessert. A meal cannot be perfect until and unless you have a dessert. We ordered Kunafa. It was different from the usual Kunafa. The Kunafa shell was filled with Ricotta cheese. It was served chilled and decorated with rose petals. I love Kunafa and found this very different and creative. Yes, I liked the Karak House Kunafa.
Now we were waiting for the main star of our meal. The humble Karak Chai. The presentation of Chai is great. It comes in cute jars and served with two glucose biscuits. The Chai and biscuits are served on small wooden platter. The three of us were so happy to indulge in our childhood habit of dunking the biscuits in a cup of tea. The tea was excellent. Definitely, recommend the Karak Chai to everyone.
The service, the food and the ambience was good. The portion size of the food was good. The pricing is mid range. The Karak Chai with glucose biscuits were awesome. I would definitely go back again.