MUGHAL-E-AZAM restaurant is located on the main Abu Baker Al Siddique road close to United Hypermarket in Deira, Dubai. The parking is not an issue with several public spaces on the road and also a private parking right next to the restaurant.
The restaurant has a royal look to it, in keeping with the name. The impressive all-wood entrance leads to a pretty cosy and tasteful interior. The seating has more options than many other restaurants I frequented in the past. You could take a table near the window with a view of the main road, or enjoy the sofa style round seating, or eat in one of those private wooden cabins for families.
The walls are decked with Mughal era paintings from India. Lighting is just right for a quiet meal and the slow music sounds pleasant to the ears. Most importantly the staff is friendly, courteous, and prompt.
A complementary sweet lassi in a cute little glass and papad with chutney greeted us as we went through the menu. We ordered drums of heavens, chicken tikka, sweet corn soup and fresh garden salad for the starters and murgh makhani, khadey masale ka paneer, dal tadka, shahi paneer, butter and plain naan, for the main course.
The starters took a while as we finished the delicious lassi and munched through the papads.
The soup was just ok. Drums of h Heavens capital H because it's a name as opposed to a food-type such as chicken tikka, for instance tasted nice and crispy with the rice coating. The schezwan sauce provided as a dip added to the taste. Chicken tikka was cooked well which is what I look for in grilled food.
Murgh Makhani was rich in flavour and appealed to my taste buds. Between the two paneer recipes I found the 'khadey masale ka paneer' better and a bit different in taste compared to the popular paneer dishes available in restaurants.
The salad was indeed green with lots of cucumbers and lettuce leaves besides the carrots and tomatoes.
For dessert the restaurant didn’t offer much so we could only try the
Gulab Jamun and Gajar ka Halwa. The Gulab Jamun was readymade which came as a disappointment to my wife and the Halwa was just ok.
Overall the meal was good but the ambience and the service made it special.
You can’t ask for more when at just around 200 dirhams (for four people) you are treated like kings.
The tag line of Mughal-e-Azam restaurant says "Taste of golden era." It sure provides a good one for that matter!
I would rate it 7.5 on a scale of 10.
NOTE. Reviewed in March, 2010.