If there is one place that soothes my soul and transports me to a different era, then it has to be Al Seef that is located on the shores of the Dubai Creek. Since the time Al Seef opened, its has been my go-to place for relaxed dining.
Last week visited Mitra Bistro in the heritage district of Al Seef for lunch with my family. Mitra is a licensed restaurant that offers progressive Indian cuisine. You can expect traditional Indian food reinterpreted in modern style with inspiration from the Middle East and beyond.
The interiors of Mitra is classy and has an old world charm which we loved. The restaurant is spacious with two floors of dining area. Upstairs section of the venue has a bar and Shisha area and that’s where alcohol is served. Ground floor area has a cosy dining space.
The outdoor dining area offers a spectacular view of the Creek and old Dubai. As the weather was pleasant we sat outdoors and enjoyed our lunch.
We started off with a refreshing lemon and mint based Mocktail. As in most Indian restaurants, Mitra also offered us complimentary platter of Poppadum and condiments like chutney, pickle and raita.
Their menu has great options, but would love to see more vegetarian dishes in the menu. Being vegetarians we tried only the veg dishes.
Limca + Mumbai = Bhel or the classic Indian chaat bhel was light, savory and tangy. It was made fresh on the table.
Challi Kolmi Pasht was not only creative but delicious too. It was a corn and cheese tangdi served with mint chutney and yogurt dip.
Green Mango More was something similar to Hara bhara kebab, it had gorgeous green color with exquisite and rich flavors. Definitely worth trying.
We were offered a cute bottle of rose flavored drink as Palate Cleanser before we started our mains.
Rocky Butter Paneer was a velvet textured tomato based gravy with paneer/cottage cheese. It was packed with great taste and flavor.
Gymkhana Grill Curry had canola oil grilled veggies and peanut-potato mash with onion curry in the side. You can eat the grilled veggies plain or mix it with the curry. We didn’t like the combination, they should have either kept only grilled veggies as a starter or given a bigger portion of curry with veggies inside as a main course.
We had an assortment of Indian Breads like Roomali Roti, Tandoori Roti and Garlic Naan which went well with the curries.
Mithai Fidget looked artistic and colorful. It had gulab jamun, rabdi, milk slice and brownie arranged beautifully in a white plate. This utterly delightful dessert was a lovely treat and can be shared between 2-3 people.
Ended our lunch with a cup of Karak Chai.
Our dining experience at Mitra Bistro was good, we liked their creative menu, amazing plating and great vibes. If you’re planning to dine at Al Seef, you can give Mitra Bistro a try.