Asha’s WAFI City – Gluten Free Dining, Dubai, UAE.
I’ve been craving an Indian for a few months now and literally just got back from one of the most authentic meals I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating. For celiac’s, Indian cuisine is not usually one that we can opt for due to the amount of flour that is normally used in these dishes. Nevertheless, Asha’s impressed.
We decided to settle on a table outside as the weather was perfect. We were then greeted by the manager, Rajan, who talked us through the menu. It was quite surprising to discover that they use wheat flour rather sparingly. Mainly just using it in their breads. I did have a few questions for Rajan though. As outlined in their menu, the majority of their curry’s contained gravy. But thankfully, this was the type of gravy that people with celiac can eat.
The ambiance was exceptional and the smell was divine. As soon as we entered the restaurant the fresh aromas hit you. This made me even hungrier than I previously was. To start we had Aloo Matar Ki Tikki (pan fried potato cutlets stuffed with mashed green peas, flavoured with nutmeg and spices) to share, which was incredible. It tasted exactly like something we couldn’t eat, except that we could eat it. The dream! The dish also had a very nice kick to it. Not too spicy, but just enough of a kick to compliment the blend of nutmeg and spices.
For my main dish I had Laal Maas (classical Rajasthani preparation of tender lamb cooked with rich onion, tomato and yoghurt) and my guest had Chicken Jhalfrezi (chicken strips tossed with fresh vegetables in a chunky tomato and onion gravy), accompanied with Mushroom Pilau and Vegetable Raita (plain yoghurt topped with cucumber, tomato and onion). Again, delicious. Unfortunately, we were far too full to try any of the desserts, but we will definitely be back to sample these.
I have to add that their cocktails were to die for and some may say one of their specialties. The cocktails complimented the meal and had an authentic Indian twist. We even heard that the staff were currently receiving cocktail training as a new (and exciting) cocktail menu was coming out over the next few weeks. We can’t wait to go back and try these. The manager, Rajan, was also keen to inform us that Asha’s operates in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt and the UK, which is good to know if you’re ever in need of a good curry!
Looking for more recommendations? Check out our interactive travel map