I had come across this unusual named North Indian restaurant sometime back. I kept seeing some of their mouthwatering pictures on the social media. Just when I thought I should go and pay them a visit, there is an email invite in my inbox to visit and try their food. I was waiting to check them out and find out for myself, whether the food tasted as good as they looked in the pictures. Let’s find out!
Last Thursday evening, I took my daughter and my mother-in-law and went to 25 Degrees for an early dinner. The branch that We went to is located at Bay Square in Business Bay. If you are familiar with that area then it is easy to get there, as we are not very familiar with that part of the city, we used google map to reach there. They also have another branch in Tecom.
My first question when I entered the restaurant was, why was it named 25 Degrees North. Then they explained to me that it was based on Dubai’s latitude position on the world map.
25 Degrees North offers authentic North Indian cuisine.
We loved the decor of the restaurant. It is a combination of tradition Indian decor with modern style. It has a regal touch. The place has been done up elegantly. Loved the lightings and the seating area. They have a semi open kitchen. The ambience is beautiful. They were also playing light Indian music in the background.
Our drinks arrived first. My daughter had mango juice, mother-in-law had mango lassi and I had Chaas. We liked our drinks, especially the Chaas.
We were served complimentary mini Dahibhallas in cute ceramic spoons. It was awesome and best way to start our meal.
They also served complimentary papad with four kinds of condiments. They gave both, fried and roasted Papad. The condiments were good, we especially liked the pineapple chutney.
It was time to order starters. They recommended the Palak Pata chaat, Dahi Ke Kebab and Shahi Mushroom.
It was the first time ever that I tried the Palak Pata Chaat. It is very light and delicious. I highly recommend it.
The Dahi Kebab was also good. It is a creation by the chef using yoghurt, cheese and bell peppers.
The shahi mushroom is made using fresh button mushrooms. The mushrooms are stuffed with shredded paneer, marinated in yoghurt and cooked in tandoor. This starter is on the spicy side.
After we finished our starters and before our main course arrived, we were given Jal Jeera in Shot glasses as palate Cleanser.
We ordered Paneer Mirchi Mahal, Sarson Da Saag, Punjabi Kadhi Pakora with steamed rice and rotis for our main course.
Paneer Mirchi Mahal has paneer tempered with capsicum, onion and tomato in a dry gravy. This dish is on the spicy side. But you can always tell them how much spice you want to have in your dish and accordingly they will make it. We found this dish ok, nothing extraordinary.
Sarson Da Saag is a famous Punjabi dish made from mustard leaves. They served Sarson Da Saag with Makki Ki Roti, butter and jaggery. It was excellent. We relished it.
Punjabi Kadhi Pakora is a kadhi or curry made with Chickpea flour, yoghurt and pakoras or onion fritters. They served this Kadhi with steamed Rice. Again this dish was very good. We enjoyed it.
The rotis or the breads we tried were tandoori Roti and garlic Naan. They were well made. The tandoori Roti is made with whole wheat flour.
It was our favourite time of our dinner now. Yes of course, dessert time. We were recommended Shahi Tudka and Jalebi with Rabdi.
Shahi Tudka is made with fried bread soaked with syrup of milk cooked with sugar, cream and rose water and garnished with nuts. It was well made and tasty.
Jalebi with Rabdi was very delicious. The combination was amazing. What I liked about their jalebi was that they didn’t add any food colouring.
The food, the service and the ambience is good. The portion size is quite big and the pricing is very reasonable.
We had a wonderful culinary journey to North India via 25 Degrees North. I would recommend you all to experience the culinary journey.